Our Story

Birmingham Enterprise Community (BEC) was born out of a meeting held between a small group of young entrepreneurs in April 2018 who wanted to create a space where others like them could come together. After a discussion about potentially holding a few events to gather the community, it soon became clear that a permanent way of working in collaboration was needed – BEC was born. Throughout the development work that followed it was clear that the need for an organisation that would help build a wider entrepreneurial community that emerging entrepreneurs could call their own was needed. What started as a small group of individuals quickly developed into an organisation surrounded by a community of entrepreneurs and changemakers across the Midlands region supporting individuals and startups from a wide range of backgrounds.

BEC is an award-winning social enterprise 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 West 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. BEC does this through a range of initiatives designed to support entrepreneurs from idea through to scale – providing them with access to the knowledge, tools and resources they need at each stage of their journey.

What we do


Speaking up for our community and holding institutions to account. 


Giving credit to those who work hard day after day and those who are out to change the world.


Ensuring that no one is left behind and that all we do is open for everyone. 


Opening up new opportunities and finding new ways of doing.


Building social capital and fostering collaboration to create a stronger ecosystem that works for all.


Ensuring that enterprise and entrepreneurship becomes about more than starting a business but rather creating positive change.

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Current Projects

FORWARD Accelerator

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

Startup Sprint

A one month long intensive launch programme for individuals & teams who have recently started a business or have an idea for a business they want to start providing them with essential support covering the foundations of starting up.

The Proving Ground

The Proving Ground is an incubator supporting early stage businesses through the development and testing of prototypes supporting them towards gaining initial traction and growth.

Skills for Tomorrow Project

Equipping young people (18-30) with entrepreneurial skills in order to help them build their career prospects in a post-COVID world.

Our Aims

Startups Accelerated
Increase in Resources Given to Startups

Our Partners

These are the people working with us to make all of this happen.

Want to get involved? we would love to chat with you about how you can! 

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