GRIN has been working with the Silicon Canal project over the last month, supporting the community interest group by designing a whitepaper report which presents the key findings from the project’s research.
Silicon Canal’s aim is to create a world-class tech ecosystem in Greater Birmingham. Their vision for Birmingham’s tech ecosystem isn’t a copy of Silicon Valley, Silicon Roundabout (London) or Berlin – it’s Birmingham’s own flavour of tech ecosystem. Birmingham has long been a manufacturing hub – and it’s similar in tech. The city has brilliant tech talent which is significantly more affordable than in other areas. For tech focused startups, that’s a perfect combination.
I attended the launch of the Silicon Canal last night, which was a really great event which gave me a glimpse into the potential Birmingham and the region has to promote growth in this sector, and how many start up companies and tech companies are doing really great things.
Stand out talks from Doug Scott and Dave Maclean of Packt Publishing not only gave an insight into how they had worked up (the hard way!) to where they are today as successful MDs of incredibly successful companies, but also how Birmingham is in a great position to encourage more tech startups to be located in the city and wider area, due to its down to earth and approachable nature, affordable space and the cluster of well regarded educational institutions creating new talent, and who offer the incubation space and support mechanisms to help tech startups onto the first rung of the ladder.
An inspiring event and a project to watch – download the whitepaper here and keep an eye on their website for future updates as the project progresses.