Innovation Warehouse partners with Innovation Birmingham Campus

by Bianca Anason, 23 October 2013


We are happy to announce the third partnership agreement made this autumn as part of our bid to increase collaboration between UK’s growing number of accelerator spaces. We welcome our latest partner – the Innovation Birmingham Campus

Innovation Birmingham’s Entrepreneurs for the Future centre has incubated over 80 innovative tech start-ups over the past four years. The centre sits within the Campus’ 44,000 sq ft Faraday Wharf building, which is currently home to over 85 tech businesses.

“The UK’s tech revolution is not restricted to London,’ said Ami Shpiro, founder of the Innovation Warehouse, “and there are startups based in the capital that could realise undoubted benefits from closer ties with tech entrepreneurs around the UK.”

London’s growth as a global digital hub has been widely documented, but Ami, a serial technology entrepreneur, believes other cities around the UK have much to offer, “We instigated this partnership with Innovation Birmingham because we realise the advantages of Birmingham’s skills pool, lower cost base and the merits of operating within a thriving tech cluster environment.”

Partnerships such as these provide start-ups with the option to pitch for seed investment from different backers with different priorities. The CEO of Innovation Birmingham, Dr David Hardman, MBE, said that “This partnership arrangement will create invaluable exposure and an open door for tech entrepreneurs to reap the rewards from. Innovation Warehouse has a formidable track record of investing in tech start-ups. A very active network of sector specific angel investors is connected with the centre and we anticipate that it won’t take long for an investment deal to be struck with a start-up based at the Innovation Birmingham Campus.”

Ami Shpiro: “The agreement will provide tech entrepreneurs with a like-minded base for London/Birmingham visits, as well as the opportunity to pitch for seed investment.”

Funding from the European Regional Development Fund enables Innovation Birmingham to provide a free incubation package to qualifying innovative tech start-ups that has a monetary value of £10,000, in addition to a range of membership packages. The Entrepreneurs for the Future centre is unique to Birmingham and specifically designed to harness and support the city’s burgeoning tech community.

Dr Hardman continued, “Innovation Warehouse has a very similar vibe to our Entrepreneurs for the Future centre and this new partnership presents exciting opportunities for the tech start-ups based at both locations. The entrepreneurs can drop in on the sister centre when they’re in the area visiting. There will also be opportunities to access a new set of personal mentors, a wider series of informative networking events and to pitch for investment.”

Both centres offer a range of co-working spaces, small offices, meeting rooms, event space and mentoring programs for growing start-up teams. Innovation Warehouse has also recently announced partnerships with Fueled Collective, based in New York City, and Level39, in Canary Wharf to give it’s start-ups the best opportunities for future growth.

We are enthused about the prospect of getting to know the entrepreneurs and the wider community that supports the centre. Innovation Birmingham has a successful Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) programme, which offers dedicated support for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The Campus also boasts an Ideas & Communications Suite, powered by technology giant Cisco. The National Virtual Incubator project, which is run from the Suite enables businesses – including Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups – to communicate with leading innovators, academics and investors from across the world as if they are sitting in the same room.