The Cross Innovation project is holding a workshop tomorrow in Birmingham to look at how we can use our real strengths in the creative and digital sectors to push start innovation in Birmingham’s wider economy.
We have invited a range of policy makers, academics, creative firms and funders to get beneath the skin of the issue. Innovation is key to our economic, social and environmental health. A recent survey by the EU showed that the West Midlands was, jointly with the North East, the least innovative region in England – so we need to really focus on upping our game.
I would welcome your views as well. You can find the document produced for the event here. This seeks to summarise some our strengths looking through four prisms; the role of space(s); the role of finance; brokerage and lastly cultural and creative practices.
We will look at
- what we do well,
- what new or improve projects we could support;
- where we might fund this – or is there funding we can influence.
So if you aren’t attending the event please let me know your views via this blog, twitter (@globalbirminghm) or linkedin
The event starts at 1.00pm June 5th. Follow the discussion on the hashtag #xinnovate
This project led by Birmingham City University is part funded by ERDF through the InterregIVC programme