Birmingham Enterprise Community was born out of a meeting held between a small group of students and staff members from several Birmingham universities on a hot April afternoon in a small classroom at Newman University. After a discussion about potentially holding a couple of joint events between university societies 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 external to the university environment was needed. What started as a small group of student entrepreneurs quickly developed into an independent organisation surrounded by a community of entrepreneurs and changemakers across the Midlands region supporting individuals not only from university institutions but the wider business community also.
BEC is a 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.