A new competition aimed at finding the next tech stars of the future in the West Midlands has been launched.
Funding worth £1.2 million is available to support software development at six start-up companies with the aim of turning ideas into commercial reality.
The scheme will see six business ideas taken from conception through to development and launch.
Called ‘SuperTech Seeds’, it is open to both individuals aged 16 or above and companies.
It is being run by business group SuperTech which was launched earlier this year to bring together professional services firms with digital companies across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands to see how technology can be integrated into everyday business activities.
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The event will be held at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday November 11 and will celebrate apprentices, employers and training providers across 12 categories including our overall Apprentice of the Year.
The deadline to enter the awards is Friday September 17 and sponsorship opportunities are also now available.
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Investment in the Seeds programme is being provided by Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Birmingham-based technology partner Million Labs which is match funding three of the six spaces on the programme.
David Hardman, a board director with the local enterprise partnership, said: “For any new business, developing technology comes at a cost and a risk, both of which are known barriers to success.
“It usually takes time to grow and test the quality of business ideas but thanks to new innovations such as no-code and low-code, work can now progress at speed.
“One of the consequences of lockdown has been the increase in technology adoption, with relatively unknown companies like Zoom becoming household names.”
Ideas submitted to SuperTech Seeds by July 19 will be assessed by a panel of experts with successful applicants being notified no later than the end of July.