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Innovation Birmingham Campus duo top global Digital Leaders award list


Innovation Birmingham Campus start-ups, Kaido and Quickcode Labs, have been announced as two of just three West Midlands businesses to top this year’s global Digital Leaders DL100 list.

Good resins for Blue Gee success


A well-respected firm acquired by a 21-year-old entrepreneur has won a major distribution contract for its boat repair kits following support from a business innovation centre in south Hampshire.

Phase two of the Thames Valley Science Park given outline planning consent


Outline planning consent has been granted for the second phase of the Thames Valley Science Park. 

Wokingham Borough Council approved the plans for the development of the remaining 600,000 square foot of the total 800,000 square foot site last week (26 April). 

The University of Reading, who owns the Science Park, put forward conceptual plans for approximately 15 further buildings to be developed as and when required over a 20 year period.

Coventry Company is Revolutionising Keyhole Surgery Procedures


A Coventry company which has developed an innovative device that is revolutionising keyhole surgery is entering its third phase of development.

Cipher Surgical is now moving forward with the next evolution of its OpClear technology to make it available in even more medical procedures.

THEYA Healthcare Founder Named as a 2017 EY Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist


Ciara Donlon, founder and CEO of THEYA Healthcare, (www.theyahealthcare.com), which designs and manufactures healthcare garments, has been named as a finalist in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of The YearTM (EOY) programme.

A total of 24 finalists have been selected across three categories – emerging, industry and international – with Ciara Donlon shortlisted in the emerging award category.

PraxisUnico Announce the finalists of the Impact Awards


Nine projects and five volunteers have been shortlisted in PraxisUnico’s Impact Awards for 2017. The Impact Awards for KEC Professionals continues to celebrate the achievements of KEC professionals and our volunteer community in delivering and developing best practice across the sector.

The Finalists:

KEC Partner of the Year


  • Heriot-Watt University – Renishaw
  • University of Huddersfield – Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT)
  • University of Liverpool - Tate


Green business idea competition gains global impact


Innovation Birmingham’s ClimateLaunchpad programme kicks off the fourth edition of its successful green business idea competition! Now welcoming Serbia, Azerbaijan, France and Germany as new participating countries and with interest from Argentina, India, Kenya and Australia, ClimateLaunchpad is no longer a European affair with over 35 countries expected to join the 2017 edition.

Plusvital and Curragh Racecourse Renew Partnership and Launch New Race Series


Plusvital (www.plusvital.com) and the Curragh Racecourse (www.curragh.ie) today announced that they have agreed to renew their partnership for another year.

South’s start-ups get pitch perfect with Apple support


Tech start-ups and entrepreneurs from the south were put through their paces during practice pitches at Apple in Basingstoke recently (26 April).

The pitching event, which is a collaboration between global number one business incubator SETsquared and tech giant Apple, aimed to get businesses ready to present to international corporates and investors next month, at SETsquared’s Open Innovation Showcase.