GBSLEP Challenge-led Programme - open to GBSLEP SMES

The search is on for companies in the Birmingham and Solihull area that may have solutions to some of the challenges associated with the pressing issues of provision of quality but cost-effective social care; air quality and transport electrification. The best ideas will receive support to develop and a grant of £5k to help them get to market. 

You are invited to an event/ events, each focusing on one of these themes, taking place as on 11 November (social care), 19 November (air quality) and 25 November (transport electrification), all 09.30-14.00 (including lunch) at iCentrum in Birmingham. 

At each themed event you will be able to:
  • Hear real-life challenges seeking solutions, drawn up by industry/ sector experts (outlined here)
  • ‘Pitch’ your innovative idea/ product/ process to organisations looking for solutions
  • Hear a keynote address from a company that has successfully innovated in the relevant field
  • Hear some of the challenges being faced relevant to the other two themes – you never know where your ideas might lead!

As part of this project, GBSLEP is making available additional support for relatively small businesses in this geographical area, including four days of expertise to help you develop your idea further by helping you talk with potential customers to find out how well your ideas fit their challenges. In addition, GBSLEP has set aside a pot of £5,000 grants to help you take your idea up a further level. You could be one of the lucky recipients of this grant if your idea has clear potential!

We are especially interested in talking with companies located in these areas: Birmingham, Solihull, Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth; in short, within the boundaries of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise partnership (GBSLEP) which is sponsoring this project.

If you have an idea that could help to tackle the challenges of social care, air quality or transport electrification, please visit

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