Birmingham Enterprise Community (BEC) is a social enterprise
leading a revolutionary movement of entrepreneurs and changemakers across the Midlands region. We support entrepreneurs, emerging startups, and the local business community for innovation to flourish in our communities.

Our Programmes

Startup Sprint

For emerging entrepreneurs looking to launch their own startup, our 1 month Startup Sprint will take you from conceptulization to building a minimal viable product.

Apply now for our next Startup Spring starting February 1st 2021.

 

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Proving Ground Incubator

For early startups who have launched and are in their first growth stage seeking workspace, business support, community, & network.

Proving Ground Incubator is open on a rolling basis. 

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FORWARD Accelerator

Our flagship programme, FORWARD is a 6 month accelerator providing a comprehensive package of support for exciting scaling & high growth businesses from around the globe. 

FORWARD applications are open. Ally now to join F3 2021 cohort.

 

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Skills for Tomorrow

In partnership with Innovate UK, Birmingham Enterprise Community is providing free training and support to help U.K. youth facing disruptions due to Covid-19. 

Skills for Tommorrow offers digital training resources, workshops, mentoring and expertise to students, fresh graduates, and young proessionals age 18-30 so that they can succeed in the current and post-Covid-19 economic climate.

Enrol in our programme to gain the skills and know-how you need to propel your career forward today!

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What We Do

Being a member of BEC gives you access to everything you need to develop and take your entrepreneurial journey to the next stage. From training and coaching to workspace and programs, we are here to support you. This is a place for Small Businesses, Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, Scale-ups, Digital Nomads and anybody looking for collaboration, inspiration and like-minded community.

Mentoring

Get matched with an industry expert  who will offer the advice, knowlege, and tools to help you work through decisions.

Co-Working Space

Work at Alpha Works alongside like-minded people, providing you with a dynamic and inspiring environment for progress.

Inclusive Community

Entrepreneurship is for all. Regardless of who you are, we are here to support you.

Events & Networking

Hear new ideas,expand your network and
stay in touch with what’s going on through
our range of events.

1 to 1 Coaching

Weekly coaching sessions with your dedicated coach, helping to keep you on track and move in the right direction.

Virtual Resources

Access a range of virtual materials to teach you the things you need to know – powered by IBM, Google and Amazon.

Funding Opportunities 

Gain the network and know-how to access
the funding you need to grow.

Trainings & Workshops

Develop the skills & knowledge you need to take your startup forward through our workshops on a variety of topics.

“I cannot overstress how important entrepreneurship is to the future of this region and if you are thinking of setting a business up this is simply the only place to do it!”

Andy Street
Andy Street
Mayor of West Midland

Honoured to have been selected for the female founder scholarship on the BEC Startup Sprint! […] The mentoring sessions were so insightful and have helped us tackle the important questions we have as a startup during this unprecedented time.

Dina Bahrami
Dina Bahrami
Founder of Nutri Beauties

When applying, I questioned how relevant it would be for me as an artist […] but it turns out is super relevant and so, so valuable. It’s really enabled me to shift my perspective to seeing my art as a business and I now have a clear path of how I’m going to make those steps in getting there.

Imogen Morris
Imogen Morris
Imogen Embroidery Art

BEC has been like no other, the support, advice, and hospitality exceeded our expectiations. The accessibility of so may resoources right at your fingertips with the way BEC operates creates a truly unique experience. BEC helps you delve deep into your business & take action so that you can get the results you want.”

Danielle Roberts
Danielle Roberts
Founder of Unlimited You

FORWARD will provide an Innovative platform to foster innovation, collaboration and increased opportunities for early-stage ventures that with to take their business to the next level”

Holly Knower
Holly Knower
CEO NACUE

I did this programme at the start of lockdown when due to theatre closures, I lost 90% of my business. Thankfully, that has been recovered in part due to the mindset change the programme helped me with. cc funders Innovate UK”

Hannah Elsy
Hannah Elsy
CEO & Founder of Hannah Elsy Production

Birmingham Enterprise Community’s FORWARD accelerator programme is exactly what our region needs. Birmingham is the major youngest city ion Europe, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40% of the population, so this is fantastic initiative to help fresh, young minds to succeed in business and entrepreneurship.”

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
Tech Nation