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STEAMhouse Phase 1

1 October 2016 to 1 October 2019

STEAMhouse Phase 1 is a new 15,000 sq ft centre for creative innovation, developed by Birmingham City University in partnership with Eastside Projects. It will open on Digbeth High Street in Autumn 2017 with a range of spaces designed to enable local businesses to incubate new ideas, prototype and make new creative products. It will house co-working and project space and a substantial new fabrication facilities with equipment and staffing to support production and making in the areas of digital, wood, metal and print.

The production facilities will be complemented by a programme of STEAMlabs, open innovation and design thinking workshops which will enable enterprises, including micro businesses and sole traders, to research and develop innovative solutions to new ideas, products and services. Aimed at designers, entrepreneurs, creatives, academics, coders, artists, developers, scientists, manufacturers, health professionals and engineers with established, or newly established businesses, we are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in supporting projects that focus on building learning and knowledge with the skills and technologies of the future. There is a thematic focus based on growth areas of Low Carbon, Health and Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing and Creative and Digital.

The centre will offer business planning support to 200 SMEs; offer grants to support prototyping and advice around Intellectual Property (IP); deliver a public programme of events and create opportunities to develop new collaborative research partnerships.

STEAMhouse is funded by Arts Council England through the Creative Local Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is themed around the growth sectors identified by Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).