More start-ups sought for Digital Health quarter of the Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator

Posted on 15 April 2016 (Permalink)

Digital health start-up businesses who are looking to accelerate their growth are being sought to join others at the Serendip® Digital Health quarter in Birmingham. 

Part of Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator programme, there are four sector-specific Serendip® ‘quarters’: Digital Health, Intelligent Mobility, Internet of Things and an additional incubator. These will be delivered by Innovation Birmingham in collaboration with key partners, with the WMAHSN collaborating in the Digital Health quarter. The other partners include Centro and the Transport Systems Catapult, RWE npower and Barclays.

The Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator covers almost 12,000 square feet on the first floor of the new iCentrum® building in Birmingham and co-locates promising start-up businesses with large commercial partners. Within these challenge-led incubators, the commercial partners help to mentor qualifying early stage tech companies and may, in turn, become customers or distribution channels for the start-ups. The ethos behind the space is to harness the power of serendipity, stimulate collaborative working across the four sectors and encourage the translation of ideas, relevant to the Smart City agenda, into new products and services.

Two start-ups - Kaido and Data Umbrella - have already moved into the Digital Health quarter of iCentrum, with Surgical Armoury poised to join them soon. 

Successful applicants for the Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator will be based at iCentrum® and will be supported by Innovation Birmingham’s mentorship programmes, enabling them to work directly with commercial partners to market-test and refine products and services. Other benefits include: 

  • Free high-tech office space for six months
  • Mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs
  • Specific start-up and innovation focused workshops
  • 30 Gb internet connection
  • State of the art demonstration screens (wireless streaming direct from mobile devices for easy product demonstrations, planning meetings etc.)
  • Incredible 180-seat presentation auditorium with 7m+ wide HD presentation screen. (Ideal for large scale demonstrations, talks and product launches)
  • Brand new resident cafe
  • Access to over 100 evening and networking events per year. 

The Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator is open to UK wide start-ups, but they will need to relocate to the iCentrum building in the West Midlands in order to be supported by the corporate partners.

To apply for the Serendip® Digital Health quarter, please visit the Meridian health innovation exchange. Applications will remain open while spaces are available.