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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

Venturefest West Midlands 2017

Tue 27 Jun 9.00 am - 6.00 pm


CONNECTING INVESTORS, INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

Venturefest West Midlands will be held at Birmingham NEC on Tuesday 27th June 2017. It will provide entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to meet, engage and exchange ideas for co-operation and collaboration, particularly in the fields of science and emerging technologies.

With around 700 delegates expected to attend this one day event attendees will be able to engage directly with high growth entrepreneurs and service providers offering products, services, advice and support.

Venturefest West Midlands expects to welcome 700 delegates in 2017 and is sponsored by Innovate UK as part of a national network of Venturefests supported by Innovate UK and is being supported locally by business, universities, science parks and business support organisations.

Running alongside Venturefest West Midlands is Pitchfest, a pitching competition for business owners, which presents a unique opportunity for businesses to raise their profile both in the West Midlands and in front of a national audience of investors. Business owners are invited to present their ideas in a pitch for investment and stand a chance of winning one of several awards.

Click here to register for Venturefest West Midlands 2017

PITCHFEST

Pitchfest is a unique pitching competition - an opportunity for entrepreneurs with start-up, early stage and growth businesses to increase their profile in front of a national audience of investors. It is jointly organised by Aston University, the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick, in association with Venturefest West Midlands. There are a series of workshops and pitching panels during March, April and May to help businesses develop their pitch before the Pitchfest final which takes place on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

Download the Pitchfest 2017 Flyer here.

For ambitious entrepreneurs, this is an opportunity to:
• present to leading investors seeking investment opportunities
• take advantage of pitching advice from industry leaders and experts
• raise the profile of your business

For investors, this is an opportunity to:
• gain access to well-prepared and dynamic businesses going through rapid growth

All small business taking part will receive support to develop their funding pitch through a series of workshops run by each of the Universities. There is also plenty of opportunity to practice the pitch, delivering directly to panels of leading experts and industry professionals during the selection rounds.

Participation is free of charge.

The sooner you enter, the more opportunity you have to refine your pitch. Workshops will be held in March & April 2017 - dates will be released to successful applicants.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW

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