£3.2m initiative given the go-ahead

£3.2m initiative given the go-ahead

A £3.2m initiative which aims to identify health, sustainability and transport challenges of large organisations, and provide a boost for local SME and university groups has been given the green light.

The three-year Innovation Engine project- part-funded by the European Region Development Fund (ERDF)-will assist at least 250 SMEs located within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) economic area, by creating new products and services.

The project is being led by Innovation Birmingham in partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC), University Hospitals Foundation Trust (UHB); Birmingham City University; University of Birmingham; Amey and West Midlands Combined Authority.

David Hardman, CEO of Innovation Birmingham, said: “With the wealth of skills and knowledge available in the GBSLEP area, the Innovation Engine project will help innovative new businesses by enabling them to create lasting connections with notable business people and the local universities.

“This will support and enable entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop their ideas and will, ultimately, encourage local growth by strengthening partnerships and so reinforce the region’s reputation for excellence in business and innovation.”

Businesses accepted onto the project will also gain access to the Innovation Birmingham Campus’ 400-strong community of tech and digital entrepreneurs as well as to innovation-specific workshops, guides and facilitated introductions. 

Hugo Russell, project manager at Innovation Birmingham and the lead for the Innovation Engine project said: “Inspired by the results from the pilot Innovation Engine and Creative Digital Health Solutions (CDHS) projects, the Innovation Engine project will encourage the adoption of new innovations which have the potential to make profound change to existing markets and the exchange of ideas and technologies between sectors.

“Our six delivery partners are a vital asset to this project as we aim to stimulate new markets and economic growth.”  



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