Innovation Birmingham celebrates 100 tech start-ups in less than five years

Innovation Birmingham held a milestone event for 150 people Wednesday 1st July to celebrate the 100th tech start-up to enrol onto the Entrepreneurs for the Future programme.
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Innovation Birmingham, the flagship project, which was launched in November 2009, has seen its tech start-ups secure over £4 million in initial funding rounds. 170 skilled jobs have been created as a result.

The focus of the event was presentations from the Entrepreneurs for the Future alumni and current cohort of start-ups going through the six month incubation process. The programme, which is about providing a supportive environment for tech start-ups to grow and develop their businesses, includes dedicated one-to-one mentoring with an assigned Entrepreneur in Residence. Other aspects of the offer include a variety of events and workshops delivered by leading Birmingham professionals to aid commerciality, access to finance, free co-working space, meeting rooms, telephone and wifi. The total package has a monetary value of £10,000, but is free for qualifying innovative tech start-ups.

Nick Holzherr, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Whisk.com said: “I was the first to enrol onto the Entrepreneurs for the Future programme, with a tech business that continues to run today. Had it not been for the support I received, I think I may have left Birmingham and opted for a career in banking.
“Having been running Whisk.com from a building next to the Entrepreneurs for the Future centre for over two years, I’m grateful for everything I learnt while on the programme. Birmingham has been brilliant for us – we’ve been able to afford and attract a technically highly skilled team to build a product that we’re offering to markets around the world.”

To read the full press release visit the Innovation Birmingham Campus news page

One thought on “Innovation Birmingham celebrates 100 tech start-ups in less than five years”

  1. Congratulations, everyone! That’s a great milestone achievement and really impressive in that timescale too.

    To anyone reading this article, who is thinking of working on technological innovations in Birmingham- do pay Innovation Birmingham a visit. It gives an excellent flavour of the buzz, openness and creativity of the city. It’s full of helpful individuals, great companies and support offerings- all willing to listen and collaborate when it comes to a good idea. I rarely leave from a visit without having met someone new and finding a new way to address a business challenge or opportunity.

    All the best

    Susannah Goh

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