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Innovation Birmingham opens applications for smart cities incubator

Incubator will enable early stage tech startups to develop and test their ideas alongside commercial partners

Technology hub Innovation Birmingham has opened applications for a new smart cities incubator programme which will offer support and mentorship to Birmingham-based early stage technology start-ups.

Located on the first floor of science park campus' new iCentrum building, successful start-up applicants of the Serendip Smart Cities Incubator will receive access to office space, a presentation auditorium, and will be able to attend 100 networking events and workshops.

More importantly, member businesses will get to work directly with commercial partners to develop and market-test their products and services.

Innovation Birmingham has plans for a further four incubators in other areas of tech including digital health, intelligent mobility, Internet-of-Things (IOT), and one yet to be named.

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Innovation Birmingham, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with these corporate partners to deliver the Serendip Smart Cities Incubator, creating a unique facility in the UK.

“This challenge-led programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for UK start-ups to work directly with established commercial partners and benefit from their longevity and expertise.”

Find out more about starting a business in Birmingham in our Startups Cities Index.

Henry Williams
Henry Williams

Henry has been writing for since 2015, covering everything from business finance and web builders to tax and red tape. He’s also contributed to many of our industry-renowned annual indexes, including Startups 100 and Young Guns, and created a number of the site’s popular how to guides. Before joining the team, he reviewed films for a culture website, and still harbours ambitions of being a screenwriter.


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