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 in the West Midlands region.
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 for new state-of-the-art facilities which people can access for free, dedicated to coworking, experimentation and production; with its comprehensive package of business support having already helped a range of innovators take their products to market. In December 2019 more than £3 million was invested to create a new virtual reality and cutting edge technology hub at the University’s STEAMhouse facility. It is anticipated STEAMhouse will help create up to 10,000 jobs across the West Midlands region and help support the growth of the Midlands Engine.
For example, Birmingham City University partnered with Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce to drive business growth amongst small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Greater Birmingham.