Arts Business Loans
ART is a local Community Development Finance Institution, providing loans to viable businesses and social enterprises based in the West Midlands and adjoining counties, which need to start, survive or grow and are unable to secure their full needs from the banks.
Located at Pitch Number 21.
Tel: 0121 359 2444
Aston Centre for Growth
Aston University offers industry-leading business services to help you start and grow a company, employ skilled students and graduates, train a workforce and collaborate with the University’s most innovative thinkers. The University’s Centre for Growth has supported hundreds of SMEs through its high-profile growth programmes and investment ready pitching competitions.
Located at Pitch Number 18.
Tel: 0121 240 3225
We are a UK based, agile software product development business with expertise to guide you through the digital landscape. With UK led technical consultancy, connected to our world leading offshore software engineering resource based in Vietnam we offer fast, affordable, high quality software development to best meet business needs.
Located at Pitch Number 32.
Tel: 0800 7999 813
Birmingham City Council
Part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by Birmingham City Council (BCC), the £12m SSP is aimed at existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) seeking to upskill new and existing employees. SSP responds directly to the skills and training needs identified by SMEs for their employees.
Located at Pitch Number 3.
Tel: 0121 303 3664
Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University is a large and diverse learning, research and innovation community. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment.
We are passionate about providing our learners with a transformational journey, enabled by an exceptional and supportive academic community.
Located at Pitch Number 14.
Tel: 0121 331 5000
Birmingham Enterprise Community
BEC is an award-winning enterprise support organisation - helping startups & scaleups on their entrepreneurial journey.
Located at Pitch Number 36.
Birmingham Tech is a not-for-profit organisation that helps connect tech across the West Midlands and promotes the sector to an international audience. We do this through a number of carefully crafted programmes, showcase events and original content. We encourage collaboration, inspire people to get into tech and celebrate success.
Located at Pitch Number 33.
Bruntwood SciTech (Innovation Birmingham)
Innovation Birmingham is part of Bruntwood SciTech, the UK’s leading provider of office, lab and scientific services for the science and technology sector. Our network of innovation districts connects the UK’s most ambitious cities, regions and science and technology communities through collaboration and a unique public, private, academic, clinical partner network.
Located at Pitch Number 2.
Coventry City Council – ERDF Funding Programmes
Coventry City Council have a range of support and funding opportunities available to Coventry & Warwickshire businesses through their Green Business, Business Support and Innovation Programmes. Support is available to a variety of projects including developing innovative new products, services or technologies, becoming more energy efficient, or planning to make capital investments. All programmes are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Located at Pitch Number 1.
For the Green Business Programme these are our details:
Delivering innovation and growth.
We can help ambitious businesses to innovate, grow and succeed internationally.
Our teams of specialists can support you to:
• Access investment from public and private sectors
• Improve the way you progress ideas and innovate
• Develop technologies and start up new businesses
• Find strategic partners and go international
Located at Pitch Number 8.
Tel: +44 (0) 2476 236406
Create Central is a private sector trade body that brings together the region’s most successful TV, film, games and wider creative content business leaders.
Through Create Central they work with national and regional partners to create an agile and responsive network to turbo-charge the creative content sector in the heart of the UK.
Located at Pitch Number 37.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust (CWRT) is a not-for-profit, FCA accredited, specialist finance and business support provider committed to supporting businesses and individuals primarily based in Coventry and Warwickshire. CWRT is an ethical lender supporting entrepreneurship and jobs in communities under-served by mainstream providers. We do this by channelling investment into traditionally overlooked businesses, helping them to rebuild, adapt, diversify.
Located at Pitch Number 6.
Tel: 02476 551 777
European Space Agency
From international transport to rural education, ESA Business Applications funding has enabled data from satellites to transform businesses on Earth. We have already invested €250m in launching innovative services in over 1200 businesses. Your company could be next!
Located at Pitch Number 20.
Tel: 07825 753 940
Forresters is a firm of patent and trademark attorneys with offices in Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Munich and Southampton. As well as protecting your intellectual property (IP), we offer IP audits, training and consultation to explore how you can harness your existing IP and use it to gain maximum benefit.
Located at Pitch Number 31.
Tel: 0121 236 0484
GBSLEP Growth Hub
The GBSLEP Growth Hub is the home for business advice, guidance and funding for small and medium businesses.
Contact our Business Advisors today. They will offer impartial and tailored advice, adding real value to your business.
Our aim is simply to help you to make your business as successful as it can be.
Located at Pitch Number 22.
Tel: 0800 032 3488
Coventry University – Help to Grow: Management
Coventry Business School is offering a three-month, online and face-to-face practical management training programme.
Delivered by Coventry Business School and accredited by the Small Business Charter, this course aims to support senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost their business resilience and long-term goals.
Located at Pitch Number 7.
Tel: 07392 096673
ibd Business Group
We are a group of independent business advisors each having different specialities which we’re passionate about. We work together to offer you a complete package of support to grow your business. We work in conjunction with a number of other organisations and will identify and sign post you accordingly.
Located at Pitch Number 25.
Tel: 07792 911421
Intellectual Property Office
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
We’re responsible for: IP policy; educating businesses and consumers about IP rights and responsibilities; supporting IP enforcement as well as granting UK IP rights.
Located at Pitch Number 16.
Tel: 01633 814000
Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands
Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands brings together an alliance of public, private, academic and third sector organisations to find opportunities for regional economic growth through a series of networks.
Whether you’re interested in Smart Places, Health, Zero Carbon, Advanced Manufacturing, Cyber Security, Transport or Policy, we’ve got something for you.
Located at Affinity 1.
MetalloBio is developing a novel antimicrobial platform technology. The platform has application potential as a systemic drug and a medical device coating. The compounds that underpin the platform have higher activities than clinical antibiotics, a multi-modal mechanism, including a novel target, little-to-no-emergence of resistance and represent a new antimicrobial class.
Tel: 02476 430 250
Midlands Aerospace Alliance
The MAA is the cluster organisation for aerospace in the Midlands. We offer innovation/R&D grant funding and expert support for aerospace companies and companies wanting to diversify into or out of aerospace and aviation from the West Midlands PIVOT programme and the Aerospace UP programme with the University of Nottingham.
Located at Pitch Number 35.
Tel: 02476 430 250
Midlands Engine Investment Fund
The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof of concept and Equity Finance funds.
MEIF aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands and to realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise.
Located at Pitch Number 5.
Tel: 02476 430 250
Midlands Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) is three-month customer discovery programme designed using lean start-up methodology and funded by Innovate UK to help commercialise early career researchers’ technology. Joining us at Venturefest are some of these exciting technologies seeking to commercialise themselves.
Located at Pitch Number x10.
Tel: 024 765 73750
Midlands Women in Tech Awards
Midlands Women In Tech Awards are hugely important and promote a gender balanced workforce across the tech sector.
We want to support and acknowledge women in tech by highlighting and recognising great achievements by women in tech today.
We want to ensure an ongoing involvement and engagement of women in the tech industries.
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN and will close on 26 October 2022.
Located at Pitch Number 24.
Tel: 0121 314 2390
The Queen's Award for Enterprise
Could you enter for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise?
West Midlands Lieutenancy is attending VentureFest to promote the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (QAE) to businesses across the West Midlands.
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise is a highly prestigious award, received for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).
Located at Pitch Number 12.
Tel: 0757 094 9092
We work with you to identify if you're doing research and development within your business. As a scientist I am very hands on and can identify lots of opportunity. I will support you throughout the journey and stay with you afterwards. I work with all types of businesses including start-ups.
Tel: 07564 463 360
Repowering the Black Country
Repowering the Black Country supports the national industrial decarbonisation strategy by developing approaches which work in the Black Country and can be applied more widely. It provides cost-efficient energy infrastructure; helping companies benefit from new supply chain opportunities in the circular economy; and supporting resource efficiency initiatives in manufacturing operations.
Located at Pitch Number 38.
Tel: 0845 8 151515
Royal Academy of Engineering
The Enterprise Hub works with a range of engineering and technology entrepreneurs to help them startup, spinout and scale-up. As a charity, all our programmes are offered free of charge and we take zero equity. Our programmes provide grant funding, mentoring, training workshops and free use of the Taylor Centre, our central London co-working and meeting space.
Located at Pitch Number 4.
Tel: 0207 766 0770
West Midlands-based SuperTech is the UK’s first and only body responsible for the advancement of technology in business and professional services. Covering innovative sectors including fintech, lawtech, proprtech, insurtech, HRtech etc. with the ambition of championing and promoting the region as a centre of next generation services.
Located at Pitch Number 13.
Sustainability West Midlands
Sustainability West Midlands is as an independent, not-for-profit company and is the sustainability adviser for organisations in the West Midlands.
Our vision is that the West Midlands is leading in contributing to the national target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 whilst addressing health inequality and driving inclusive growth.
Located at Pitch Number 17.
Tel: 07751 930625
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM)
Transport for West Midlands is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority. We work with bus and train operators to ensure that public transport is safe, reliable, affordable and accessible. We will be showcasing some of our innovation projects and sharing how you can work with the Transport Innovation Team.
Located at Pitch Number 40.
Tel: 0345 303 6760
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham sits amongst the leading research universities in the UK. We play a pivotal role in supporting regional businesses through our business support programmes. We work across all sectors and research areas and are interested in collaborating on projects to deliver economic benefit and create an impact.
Located at Pitch Number 28.
University of Birmingham Enterprise
At the University of Birmingham Enterprise, we are driving innovation through partnerships: spinouts, consultancy and IP. Businesses come to us to access the intellectual property, know-how and expertise embedded in our research community, through consultancy with our academics or collaborative research. We pride ourselves on our innovation outcomes.
Located at Pitch Number 29.
Tel: 0121 414 9090
University of Warwick Science Park
The University of Warwick Science Park offers a unique package of property and business support services to provide an environment in which innovative and knowledge-based companies can grow. Warwick Science Park’s business support comprises Business Ready, a technical marketing service, access to finance support, a start-up incubator and the region’s only business angel network Minerva.
Located at Pitch Number 23.
Tel: 02476 323 000
University of Wolverhampton
The University of Wolverhampton’s award winning School of Architecture and Built Environment, offers fully funded support to help develop business ideas and bring them to market.
We can support you in site development and brownfield remediation, optimising productivity in your manufacturing or construction process, and developing innovative sustainable, low carbon products.
Located at Pitch Number 19.
Tel: 07972 774068
Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP
VWV are a full service law firm, with over 400 members of staff and offices in Bristol, Birmingham, London & Watford. We are national leaders in technology, life sciences, healthcare and education and we direct our skill, energy and expertise in understanding our clients and the sectors that they operate in.
Located at Pitch Number 9 & 10.
Tel: 0117 925 2020
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been created to deliver an ambitious plan to drive inclusive economic growth in the West Midlands region and build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous population.
Located at Affinity 1.
WMG can support your business to make well informed decisions in areas such as:
Product development including design verification
Process design and simulation
Design for manufacturability and sustainability
We can also help you explore how your company can innovate beyond product and process.
Located at Pitch Number 27.
Tel: 024 765 74299
The WMHTC is a business-led membership organisation, established in 2020 to grow and maximise the potential of the health technologies sector in the region.
The aims of the WMHTC are to:
Grow the business base by nurturing new companies, developing existing businesses by creating an environment conducive to growth and attracting inward investment;
Establish the region as a location of choice to pursue a career and to build a business in health technologies;
Provide a consistent, coordinated ‘voice’ and profile for the West Midlands health technologies sciences community;
Reduce duplication and address fragmentation in the region’s support services;
Forge long-term, strategic collaborations between the business and knowledge bases that will yield both economic and societal benefits.
The health technologies products and services cover the four Ds of medical devices, diagnostics, digital health – and encompassing all of these, data.
As well as the businesses making health products and delivering health services, the Cluster has great buy-in also from professional services, Universities and the NHS.
Located at Pitch Number 11.
Zayndu produces the world’s most advanced seed health treatment, replacing biocides and fertilisers with cold plasma. This low-energy electrical technique drives plant health and boosts yield, and is demonstrating its value to US, European and Asian growers. The technology is complex, challenging and patented, and supplied on an MRR subscription model.