Birmingham Tech is delighted to announce the first cohort on our ScaleUp Programme, with 12 innovative and exciting businesses selected to take part.
The first cohort includes a company turning fitness equipment into clean energy, a cutting-edge connected autonomous vehicles company and an organisation using smart analytics from drones to identify invasive plant species.
The businesses selected will now take part in a 6-month programme where they will get access to tech leaders from across the world, including experts from Silicon Valley.
Yiannis Maos, CEO of Birmingham Tech commented:
“We are super excited to finally announce who we’ve selected for our ScaleUp Programme, the level of applications we received were extremely high and that’s resulted in us selecting 12 high-calibre businesses. These organisations sit at the cutting-edge of tech and demonstrate why our region is seen as a hotbed of innovation. We are looking forward to working closely with these businesses over the next 6 months to help them realise their full potential, and maybe one or two will go on to be our region’s next Unicorns!”
The launch of the programme, which included a welcome message and advice from Silicon Valley leader, Guy Kawasaki, gave the founders the opportunity to find out more about the Accelerator and openly discuss their goals and challenges with one another.
One of the organisations selected is Energym, a company that is on a mission to turn physical exertion into clean, electrical energy.
Will Flint, CEO of Energym and one of the programme’s cohort, commented:
“We are thrilled to have been selected to be a part of this exclusive programme and we can’t wait to learn from tech leaders who have the knowledge and insight we need to fulfil our potential. Energym is at an exciting stage of our journey as we have just announced our first consumer product, RE:GEN, the world’s first smart fitness bike that captures and converts your workout into clean, usable, electrical energy that you can use in your home.”
The cohort represents a diverse range of businesses from all corners of the tech ecosystem, each on a mission to positively disrupt and impact their sectors. One of these organisations is Innovating Minds, which are on a mission to help school’s create happy and mentally healthy environments through their SaaS platform, EduPod. Their Founder & CEO, Dr Asha Patel, a Clinical Psychologist who was a recent recipient of the Amazon ScaleUp Award, commented:
“We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in the Birmingham Tech ScaleUp programme and use the newfound insight to help us achieve even more. Having met the rest of the cohort, it’s clear to see we are all on similar and exciting paths and we will no doubt inspire and push each other to the next level.”
The programme which is being run in collaboration with the West Midlands Combined Authority and Purpose Led Performance was launched in partnership with Bruntwood Sci-Tech (Innovation Birmingham Campus). Dr David Hardman MBE, Managing Director of Bruntwood Sci-Tech Birmingham, commented:
“Programmes like this are essential in helping tech businesses across the West Midlands realise their full potential. We are pleased to be partnering with Birmingham Tech on this as it aligns with our mission to help digital entrepreneurs at all stages of their growth.”
Meet The Cohort…
An award-winning, global, cyber security services provider using collaboration and the latest innovations to protect data, safeguard reputations, and ensure your business is cyber resilient.
An AI platform that uses drone data to map landscapes in order to identify invasive plant species.
An analytics platform that uses machine learning to enable organisations to make smarter sourcing and hiring decisions.