The Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) programme, delivered at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, has recruited its latest cohort of promising tech talents in its bid to maintain Birmingham’s status as the UK’s top regional city for start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Accepting nine digital technology entrepreneurs within January’s intake, the programme has welcomed ventures ranging from animal electronic tagging systems to VR advertising, with this year’s programme offering a new competition crowning e4f’s number one entrepreneur for 2018.
Since its establishment, the e4f programme has incubated over 160 early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs, offering nine months of free co-working space, a dedicated entrepreneur in residence, 1-2-1 visiting expert sessions and market insight.
Commenting on the new cohort’s integration into the community of over 1,000 techies at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, Naomi Watts, e4f Programme Manager said:
“It’s a pleasure to welcome such a diverse and talented bunch of entrepreneurs to the programme, and they have already started to integrate into the start-up community at the Innovation Birmingham Campus extremely well.
“We had some really strong applications for this intake, which is encouraging to see as the region’s promising talents are acknowledging and recognising the value we bring to the sector, and the potential rewards of having a successful incubation period here. I look forward to seeing the ventures grow and start to disrupt their respective markets.”
The new group of techies
PHD Smart – Taxi app aiming to streamline services within the local taxi industry.
Waiter X – Ordering mechanism and payment method for the restaurant industry, based on QR code technology.
British Trade Solutions – Electronic tagging for animals, providing a solution for food traceability from the farm to the shelf.
Scimr Ltd. – VR advertising, locating nightclubs in the region by combining augmented reality with real-time functionality.
Book My Turf Ltd. – Mobile responsive web application and sports booking engine.
Sustainable Microclimates – Showcase solution measuring air tightness and finding leaks.
Seamless – Cloud-based software streamlining the maintenance and updating of software.
Financialearn – Mobile app and interactive website aiding financial wellbeing through sharing and storing information.
Aston Smart Light – Medical technology based on photonics.
Commenting on the experience of the first few weeks on the programme, Chen Su, Co-Founder of Waiter X said:
“Being based within the e4f programme has opened up my eyes to the possibilities of this business, and the potential for collaboration with ventures both on the programme and around the Campus. I’m hoping to develop the product over the next few months, with a view to entering a testing and implementation phase throughout the remainder of the programme.”
Entrepreneurs will have regular meetings with their dedicated in-house mentor as they progress their products and services to penetrate markets, access funding and establish a fully-fledged and viable venture.