Over 100 people attended a business breakfast event on 26th July, held in Faraday Wharf’s Conference Room, to hear about the plans for the Innovation Birmingham Campus, and the various grants and loans that are currently available to local companies via Birmingham City Council.
Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council opened the event and spoke about how the city needs to do all it can to support tech start-ups.
Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham, then delivered a presentation about how the launch of Birmingham Science Park Aston’s Innovation Birmingham Campus on 1st May 2013 was driving the expansion of the city’s burgeoning tech start-up community. The presentation covered; an update on the £35m Digital Plaza development plans; how the growth of the tech sector is intrinsically aligned with Birmingham’s Smart City aspirations; and the opportunities derived by Birmingham’s scale and skills base.
The second part of the event focused on Birmingham City Council’s three initiatives that can provide grant and loan funding to local SMEs, which are; the Start-up Loans scheme, the Business Development Programme, and Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP’s Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme. Suresh Patel, Business Enterprise Manager at Birmingham City Council delivered the presentation.
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