Birmingham Enterprise Community launches accelerator programme

Birmingham Enterprise Community (BEC), a social enterprise creating a community of young entrepreneurs across the Midlands from a variety of backgrounds, has launched an accelerator called FORWARD, aimed at being one of the leading programmes of its kind across the Midlands. 

The scheme, showing startups what business support is available, was launched at an event called Collaboration NOT Competition. 

BEC has teamed up with co-working space Alpha Works in the city’s Alpha Tower on the project. 

The six-month programme includes: 

• Coaching and mentoring

• Events 

• Help sourcing talent 

• Finance opportunities

• Virtual resources via virtual pre-seed venture support programme AGORA 

• Collaborative workspace in floors 20-22 of the Alpha Tower, an award-winning Grade II space in the heart of Birmingham 

Alex Hough, Community Manager of Alpha Works said: “We’re excited to welcome the next generation of entrepreneurs in Birmingham. Alpha Works is the perfect space to be inspired while surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals from an array of sectors at different stages of their development. Our community includes all industries and sizes of organisation, supporting each other through collaboration and innovation, making Alpha Works the perfect space to grow and succeed.”

BEC CEO Daniel Evans added: “FORWARD will be a game changer in supporting entrepreneurs in the West Midlands. Our partner Alpha Works shares our vision and is ready to open doors to this region's young entrepreneurs.”

Naomi Watts, Midlands Entrepreneur Engagement Manager at Tech Nation, commented: "The FORWARD accelerator programme is exactly what our region needs. Birmingham is Europe's youngest major city, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40% of the population, so this is a fantastic initiative to help young minds to succeed in business and entrepreneurship."


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About Birmingham Enterprise Community

BEC is a social enterprise set up in 2018 and led by student, graduate and emerging entrepreneurs with the goal of building a collaborative and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that is able to cater for the needs of those within it. By working with those in the community and the wider Midlands community we are able to create new opportunities and open resources to those who wish to use them to create positive change through enterprise and entrepreneurial activities.

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