Innovation Birmingham Campus welcomes new cohort of tech entrepreneurs

November 27, 2017


The Innovation Birmingham Campus has enrolled its latest cohort of innovators and start-ups, welcoming four techies with big ideas to the Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) business support programme this month.


The new group of start-ups spans across a range of industries, with the following companies driving innovation in machine learning, savings, investment and borrowing, real estate and travel.


B1 Connect - Software company using industry data to predict future trends and needs.


BFS investments - Application-based company ensuring efficient investment, saving and borrowing techniques.


Solihull and South Estate Agents - Software-based customer relationship management tool for buying and selling property.


SWAP Solutions - Software allowing people to save money whilst travelling anywhere in the world.


With a confirmed mentoring, incubation and co-working period of nine months, the entrepreneurs will receive 1-2-1 visiting expert sessions, market insight, PR support, free business promotion and admission to over 140 annual events held on the Campus. Lee Turley, Founder of B1 Connect said:


“One of the biggest benefits of being based on the Campus is the opportunity to network. The Campus community has really come across in my short time here, both at a business and friendship level. The Campus is a very good environment to work in, and although I now travel further to get to work every day it has definitely been worth it.


“The project managers have been very good, ensuring that business mentoring and Campus seminars on elements such as sales and approaching clients are always accessible. Key pieces of advice and guidance on the e4f programme has accelerated the development of my business. Also, my physical location on Campus in an open plan office has also presented opportunities that I would’ve otherwise not come across.”


The Innovation Birmingham Campus is home to over 1,000 techies, with over 140 start-ups incubated to date and over £13.3 million in start-up funding raised so far. John Wyatt, Founder of Solihull and South Estate Agents added:


“Being based on the Innovation Birmingham Campus has really opened my eyes to what is possible. I’ve been surrounded by success, which drives me on, and the e4f programme is an inspiring place to be. I’ve had good meetings that have helped me establish a clear vision to achieve my business goals.  


“My mindset has really changed since arriving on the Campus and the programme has been flexible around my life. Ultimately, I’m working towards getting investment ready, and I can achieve this in a constructive way with more traction gained from contacts because of my presence here.”


The next intake for the e4f programme will be in January, with applications now being accepted from early stage digital technology start-ups and entrepreneurs here.


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