More than £3 million will be invested to create a new virtual reality and cutting edge technology hub in the heart of Birmingham to help create jobs and drive economic growth.

Birmingham City University has landed £3.4 million funding to create the new technological centre which will be based at its STEAMhouse facility in Birmingham’s Digbeth district.

The funding will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment such as virtual reality development packs, computer hardboards and the latest design software, to help boost business growth and support innovation. It will also see the opening of a new Digital Design Suite at the site.

Funding for the project has been secured from the European Union’s European Structural and Investment Funds, Birmingham City University and Eastside Projects. The project will provide training for businesses on some of the newest and emerging technologies, providing a platform for innovation, the development of new ideas and the creation of new start-ups.

Facilities will be created to allow people to access the latest in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality technology, as well as new Digital Circuitry and Digital Design services, alongside a full programme of business support.

The technology could have an impact on a range of key sectors including health and education, as well as supporting the development of new products. Businesses will be given training in the use of the technologies as well as a range of collaborative opportunities based at STEAMhouse.

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