Did you know that Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice, that it was the birthplace of the Balti, or that it has a burgeoning tech scene? The answer is possibly not, and we think that’s an injustice to the city. While we can’t shed much light on the first two, we can tell you more about the tech scene and what makes it so exciting.
Startups are thriving
Technation found that between 2011 and 2016, there was a 130% increase in the number of tech startups in the city. As well as this, Brum had the second most startups in the UK (behind London) in 2018. The incredible support for entrepreneurs likely has a part to play, with places like Barclays Eagle Lab and Birmingham Innovation Campus offering funding, advice and workspaces for new ventures.
26% of digital tech workers in Birmingham are BAME, a fantastic statistic compared to the UK average of 15%. There are also numerous meetups for women in tech throughout the city, and Brum is hosting the 2019 Midlands Women in Tech Awards. This diversity is only going to benefit the industry going forward as it brings a range of experiences, ideas and thoughts to the table.
It’s great for networking
Birmingham is a hub for meetups, making it easy to access and share knowledge. Not only this, Brum is also home to a number of conferences and industry events (Birmingham Tech Week being just one of these). The benefits of networking are undeniable, and it’s something that the city is definitely good at. In Birmingham, chances are an event related to something you are interested in won’t be too far away.
It’s growing, fast
We already mentioned that Birmingham’s startup scene is rapidly growing, and this has had a knock-on effect throughout the industry. There are now over 13,000 tech companies in the West Midlands, and it’s worth around £5billion to the local economy. Birmingham is a powerhouse, a true force to be reckoned with, and this staggering growth should put it firmly on the tech map.
It already has a nickname
The cluster of tech businesses in the city means Birmingham has been dubbed the ‘Silicon Canal.’ Move over Silicon Valley.
Birmingham Tech Week aims to celebrate the growth, diversity and innovation that drives Birmingham, whilst promoting collaboration within the city’s tech scene. These trends, plus many more will be covered at talks and events throughout the week.
The was featured on Big Data Corridor’s Blog following our original blog: https://bigdatacorridor.com/5-reasons-birminghams-tech-scene-is-so-exciting/