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Enterprising Birmingham Showcase

Enterprise Acceleration - University of Birmingham

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 12:30 to 17:00 (BST)

Enterprising Birmingham Showcase

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Innovation Competition

Final Showcase

Wednesday 29th March 2017

12.30pm - 5pm

Elgar Concert Hall

Bramall Music Building


The University of Birmingham would like to invite you to the latest Enterprising Birmingham Showcase – the final stage of our biennial Innovation Competition which will take place on Wednesday 29th March 2017 at the University of Birmingham.

Enterprising Birmingham celebrates the culture of innovation at one of the most prestigious universities in the region.  The competition nurtures and develops innovative ideas and rewards enterprising researchers who have identified a solution to real world problems based on their research.  These are some of the University’s best innovators – and the winning entries may well be the commercial success stories of tomorrow.  

The Enterprising Birmingham Final Showcase promises to be an exciting demonstration of the University’s most disruptive research projects combined with entrepreneurial spirit as the finalists pitch their ideas to a Dragons’ Den style judging panel for a £20,000 investment. 

This year’s event will showcase the breadth and impact of our enterprising research to a diverse audience of University staff as well as alumni, public and private sector partners, funders, investors and the Birmingham business community.

Our opening keynote speech will be given by Richard Bishop, Investor in Growth Businesses and University of Birmingham Alumnus.  Richard has 25 years’ experience of private equity, investing in growth businesses in the UK and internationally; and now works directly as an investor and chairman of several companies. Our second keynote will be by entrepreneur and alumna, Dr Samantha Decombel on the challenges and rewards of co-founding FitnessGenesan online DNA analysis platform.

We do hope that you will join us for an inspiring afternoon to celebrate the creativity, entrepreneurial flair and academic endeavour of the University of Birmingham.

A buffet lunch, refreshments and drinks reception will be provided for all guests, as well as the opportunity to network with our innovative researchers, and specially invited guests from the world of business and the public sector.


Thank you to our Prize Sponsors:

£5000 cash prize sponsored by Harrison Goodard Foote (HGF) Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys 

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£1500 cash prize sponsored by Marks & Clerk Patent and Trademark Attorneys

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Welcome and Opening Keynote

Richard Bishop

Investor in Growth Businesses

University of Birmingham Alumnus



Finalist Pitches for the Most Innovative Idea



Break & Refreshments



Keynote Speech

Dr Sam Decombel on co-founding FitnessGenes

University of Birmingham Alumna and Entrepreneur



Awards Ceremony & Wine Reception



What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please see 

for detailed infromation on transport and parking.

The nearest train station is University, the Bramall Music Building is a 5 minute walk from the station.  

Visitors to campus are requested to park in our pay and display car parks:

The nearest car park (chargeable) is the North East Multi-Storey on Pritchatts Road Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Sofia Hansrod - or call 0121 414 6539 with any queries.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, a printed ticket isn't necessary.  We will have your name on our registration list, as such there is no need to bring a paper copy - helping to preserve our environmental resources.

Do you have questions about Enterprising Birmingham Showcase? Contact Enterprise Acceleration - University of Birmingham

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University of Birmingham
Bramall Music Building
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 12:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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Enterprise Acceleration - University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham's Enterprise Acceleration team is part of Research & Innovation Services located at the BizzInn business incubator on Birmingham Research Park.  We promote and support entrepreneurial culture; and engage with researchers working on the commercial development of their research ideas 

Our vision is to create a thriving entrepreneurial community that supports research and innovation led enterprise through our training and networking events.  We further nurture, develop, and grow commercial ventures, through a mixture of hands-on support, access to a wide network of service providers, investors and entrepreneurs, and funding through early stage support grants.

We provide an integrated network of business support for academics, entrepreneurs and start-ups helping to transform innovation into enterprise



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