BCU’s STEAMhouse – embedding the arts with STEM subjects to support businesses and economic growth

STEAMhouse is Birmingham City University’s innovation centre aimed at encouraging co-working, collaboration and knowledge exchange between the arts, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEAM) sectors as a platform for supporting long-term sustainable economic growth, productivity and job creation.

Created in collaboration with local arts organisation Eastside Projects, and supported by the ERDF and Arts Council England, STEAMhouse comprises 15,000 sq ft of space dedicated to coworking, experimentation and production, which people can access for free; with its comprehensive package of business support having already helped a range of innovators take their products to market.

STEAMhouse phase two is currently being developed in Birmingham’s Eastside which will see the redevelopment of a historic Birmingham building to help support businesses, innovators and creatives to work together on new business ideas.

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Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, said:

“Incorporating artistry and creativity alongside science and tech disciplines can be a major driving force not just in transforming how a concept goes from design to market, but also the real world difference it will make to users.

“Technology like virtual reality, augmented reality, 5G and digital design will pave the way for the business of the future and now is the time for us to look at how we can harness this for the benefit of the economy.”

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