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What is STEAMhouse?

STEAMhouse is a centre for business innovation and creation. We bring together inventors, entrepreneurs and craftspeople to develop exciting new ideas, products and projects.

We aim to stimulate, engage and enlighten by supporting ideas, products and services that make a difference. We work to unite talented people from science, technology, the arts, engineering and maths (the STEAM sectors) to bring ideas to life.

Please send us an enquiry and we will contact you to discuss how we can help.

We provide spaces for businesses to experiment, test and develop. Our programme pathways include:

Production Space Pathway: For those that want to build a physical prototype or product. Includes a mix of workshop time, one-to-one technical advice and business support sessions.

Business Pathway: A flexible, bespoke support programme for businesses that already have an idea they want to take to market. Production Space not included.

Games Pathway: For games developers or businesses who want to engage with games. Includes workshops and assistance on design, production, business and enterprise.

 

Open Route: For those who want to develop their business by producing new creative work or services using the Production Space. Includes a mix of workshop time, one-to-one technical advice and business support sessions.

Challenge Route: Delivered through our STEAMlab programme of intensive events and workshops. These are held in a supportive and experimental learning environment.

At the heart of STEAMhouse is a commitment to curiosity, collaboration and knowledge sharing. If you are a small to medium-sized business, our STEAMhouse programme can help you achieve your business innovation goals.

How Will It Benefit My Business?

STEAMhouse is an exciting small business innovation & creation programme designed to inspire new ideas and projects. The benefits include:

  • Free access to print, digital, metal and wood workshops
  • Free, tailored business support
  • Regular opportunities to collaborate, network and innovate
  • Free access to innovation labs workshops, masterclasses and networking events
  • Free access to a co-working space
  • Research collaboration opportunities with experts and academics
  • Grants of up to £2500 to support prototyping
  • Access to other investors

Ready to find out more? Submit your application or attend an Open House Tour today.

Eligibility

We work with sole traders and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the GBSLEP region. This area includes Greater Birmingham and Solihull, as well as locations like East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Cannock Chase and Wyre Forest.

We focus on four growth sectors:

  • Creative and digital
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Health and life sciences
  • Low carbon

If your business is outside the GBSLEP region or you work in a different industry, we might still be able to support you. Please make an application or come to an Open House Tour to find out more.

Please send us an enquiry and we will contact you to discuss how we can help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, there is no charge for eligible sole traders and SMEs located within the GBSLEP region.

This service is delivered in partnership with Arts Council England, Birmingham City University, Eastside Projects and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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If you are a sole trader or SME located within the GBSLEP region, then we welcome your application.

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Businesses typically have access to the STEAMhouse facilities for 12 months.

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STEAMhouse Phase One is located at 108 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DT, opposite the coach station. This is a ten-minute walk from New Street and Moor Street Stations.

For directions, please Click Here.

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"GBSLEP" stands for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. As well as Birmingham and Solihull, the region covers Lichfield, Cannock Chase, Wyre Valley, East Staffordshire, Redditch and more.

To determine if you fall within the GBSLEP region, please Click Here.

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A member of the STEAMhouse team will review your enquiry and be in touch shortly.

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