Innovation Birmingham is now preparing for a new cohort of innovators and early-stage digital start-ups to commence the Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) business support programme in November.
As part of the assessment process, a selection of the region’s brightest talents will stake a claim for their spot on the coveted nine-month incubator at a pitch event on Thursday 19th October hosted at the Innovation Birmingham Campus.
Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the programme stimulates the creation of innovative digital technology ventures in the West Midlands, providing bimonthly opportunities for individuals and organisations to pursue ventures, receive expert mentoring on a variety of business elements, integrate into a community of over 1,000 techies and benefit from Campus events. Naomi Watts, e4f Programme Manager said:
“It’s always extremely exciting to hear what the region’s brightest talents have to offer. The prospect of nurturing and guiding innovative ventures is one that we relish as a programme.
“September’s cohort have settled in very well, contributing to the thriving community of innovative start-up businesses at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. It has been extremely rewarding to see how a group of companies at various stages of development can benefit from being situated at the Midlands’ leading digital campus.”
Seven ventures joined the programme in September, focusing on a variety of industries from music and education to cryptocurrency and gaming. Organisations that were enrolled into the community of over 1,000 techies included:
App that connects Hip Hop and Grime artists with DJ's in the UK and the US. It has three levels of affordable subscription, providing artists with the opportunity to get their music heard and played via a wide network of DJ's.
A strategy execution, performance management and balanced scorecard software company. The start-up has developed an innovative and agile strategy execution and performance management software targeted at global organisations, facilitating the collection, analysis, presentation and distribution of key performance information to users.
Business Evolution Expertise
Formed in Dec 2015 as an environmental consultancy specialising in circular economy and resource efficiency, the organisation is now pursuing a web-based platform concept to help SMEs and individuals get rid of data from end of life smart devices. As part of this service, Business Evolution Expertise is raising awareness on how data remains on devices once you think you’ve wiped it.
Intelligent Talent Matching Platform that uses algorithms and machine learning to connect leading employers and alumni to schools and colleges with a view to providing as much help as possible to local young people getting into employment. The start-up aims to revolutionise the ways that young people engage with alumni and employers, ensuring that every young person discovers the career that they are most suited to. This platform also aids the recruitment process for organisations.
6 Bit Slutions
High-performance computer cluster for cryptocurrency mining and software development of blockchain based technologies. Founded by a group of Theoretical Physics PhD students.
A software company specialising in developing games with heart that focus on giving players choice. The start-up’s offering is geared towards releasing and making games for a variety of platforms. Founded by Salman Shurie, Computer Games Technology student at Birmingham City University.
Concept providing a more natural form of communication between humans and technology through new approaches to artificial intelligence. The aim is to develop an entity that is both conscious (aware and responding to one’s surroundings) and cognitive (having perception, memory, judgement and reasoning).