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Connected city

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Connected city

We have regional, national, European and global connections. To keep us ahead £1.3 billion will be invested in our networks by 2015.

Easy access to 400 million people across Europe

90% of UK consumers are within four hours travel time

High Speed 2 rail  – London in less than 45 minutes 

50 airlines serving more than 140 routes worldwide


Multi-sector strengths

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Multi-sector strengths

Our talented people use their skills and expertise across a range of key sectors.

60% of the UK’s automotive R&D from the region

More BPFS companies than Zurich, Manchester and Edinburgh

23,700 people in architecture and engineering

500 medical technology companies, more than any other UK region


Space to breathe

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Space to breathe

Birmingham was voted best UK city outside of London for quality of life (Mercer Quality of Living 2012).


With more than 600 parks and open spaces and Sutton Park as one of the largest urban parks in Europe there is always space to breathe

Slow down. Explore more miles of canal than Venice

Secure future - 10 Local Nature Reserves and 156 designated nature conservation sites


World class city of culture

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World class city of culture

Indoors, outdoors, participate, watch or find space and quiet to get away from it all. You will always be able to relax and unwind.

Birmingham was ranked among the New York Times’ top 20 international destinations to visit.

Explore cuisine from more than 27 countries and dine in more Michelin star restaurants than any other English city outside London

More than 500,000 works of art in one square mile


High quality workforce

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High quality workforce

Our large talent pool is highly ranked now. It will stay that way.

4.3 million people of working age within an hour of the city

Over 300,000 students and 100,000 graduates within an hour’s drive of the city

A digital hub - for example 21% of the UK's games industry workforce is here

Nearly 1 million people speak a second language


Growth engine

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Growth engine

Our £94 billion regional economy will grow 20% by 2020

Innovative economic zones generating £1.5bn and 50,000 new jobs

Home to 75,000 companies, 1,190 of which are international

Our population will grow to 1.17million by 2018 (ONS)

Birmingham New Street helps move nearly 25million passengers annually

Europe's youngest city, with under 25's nearly 40% of our population


Bold regeneration

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Bold regeneration

We are investing £18 billion by 2026 in a bold 21st Century regeneration plan.

£1.3 billion will be invested in road, rail and air networks by 2015

£25 million is going in to the Digital Media Academy and £188 million on the new Library of Birmingham

£600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway

Best British Mobile Startup 2017

Mon 27 Feb - Thu 2 Mar

What are we doing?
KPMG will put on stage 10 – 15 of the best mobile related start-ups the Midlands can offer and ask them to pitch in front of an audience and panel of judges for the opportunity of a trip to the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

KPMG will take the winner from the Midlands (along with three others from London, Bristol and Leeds) to MWC where they will get to showcase their company and network with some of the expected 100,000+ attendees that make up the great and the good of the mobile ecosystem.

When in Barcelona they will again have the opportunity to pitch their business and the chance to be crowned Best British Mobile Startup 2017.

Whether you’ve got an app, hardware or enabling technology we want to hear from you so check the details below and apply.

Spread the word
KPMG want to make sure that the best of the Midlands is showcased on both a national and international level. They would therefore ask that you spread the word and encourage those companies within your network or portfolio to apply (the details of how to apply and the criteria are listed below). Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.

Come along
KPMG also want to take this opportunity to bring together the Midlands technology community – if you’d like to come along, enjoy the pitches and network then please register your attendance here.

The details
For more information click here
To apply click here 
FAQs and entry requirements click here

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2016.

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