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.