STUDY VISIT #08 - Presenting Swedish good practices to accelerate innovation involving public, private and academic stakeholders.
Location: Birmingham City

Date: May 5-6, 2023

Day 1: May 5th
9.00    Welcome to Birmingham by Lloyd Broad, Head of European and International Affairs, BCC
9.10    Welcome to Bruntwood Innovation Birmingham by Jamie Clyde, Services Director and Regional Director, Bruntwood SciTech
9.10    Tour of Innovation Birmingham by Jamie Clyde, Services Director and Regional Director, Bruntwood SciTech
10.30    DIPS – Lessons learned from the process so far -successes and challenges by Patrick Bek, Head of Service Innovation and Experimentation, BCU
10.45    DIPS – The Challenge Owner’s perspective by Andy Lindop Principal Development Planning Officer, BCC
11.10    DIPS – The business perspective and the Serendip perspective by Jamie Clyde, Services Director and Regional Director, Bruntwood SciTech or Kath Fuller
11.30    Tea/Coffee break   
11.40    West Midlands 5G (Short video and discussion of what is next)

Potential for the adoption of DIPS in Tartu/Gavle – facilitated session Steve Harding, Better Expert
12.30    Lunch at Bruntwood   
14.45    Alpha Works – Tea and Coffee on arrival   
14.45    Alpha Works – Birmingham Enterprise Community. Business support services by Daniel Evans, CEO BEC
15.30    Questions and discussion by Steve Harding, Better Expert
16.00    Innovation Alliance and public sector ecosystem building and support by Iain Mansell, Deputy Director, IAWM   
19.00    Dinner

Day 2: May 6th
09.30    Tea and coffee on arrival at STEAMhouse
09.30    STEAMhouse: Intro, tour and digital offer by Laura Veart - STEAM International Programme Manager and Harry Conway
10.15    Guest Presentations and discussion by Gavle and Tartu
10.30    STEAMhouse Incubator – Belmont by Richard Scutt, BCU Head of Growth and Incubation at STEAMhouse
11.30    Tea and Coffee   
11.45    Business to business opportunities/open discussion by Iain Mansell, Deputy Director, WMIA
12.30    Lunch at STEAMhouse   

A complete overview of the Birmingham ecosystem.  This included business support provided by a Community Interest Company ‘Birmingham Enterprise Community’, STEAMhouse which is a collaborative makerspace having expertise in digital collaboration and design led thinking which is part of the DIPS project, a private sector property services company supporting the development of the science and technology sector in Birmingham including programmes engaging youth in digital challenges and business support in a serendip programme (part of DIPS) and independent West Midlands Innovation Alliance.  Two interactive sessions were also included to enable participants to consider what they could implement back home and also how we could collaborate in the future. STEAMhouse and WMIA are keen to continue to collaborate with transnational partners beyond the life of the project.