Case Study: STEAMhouse

STEAMhouse brings inventors, entrepreneurs and craftspeople together. Sharing skills and knowledge to develop exciting new ideas and products. STEAMhouse is a centre for creative innovation. We help entrepreneurs, sole traders, companies and citizens to build their businesses, develop new products and services and collaborate.

Powered by Birmingham City University, the projects help individual grow ideas by providing free business support, access to makerspace workshops and co-working space, and a programme of STEAMlabs and events led by industry experts from many different sectors. STEAMhouse also supports Sole Traders or Businesses with developing products though small grants covering Intellectual Property support, prototyping and additional materials in support of product ideas being developed at STEAMhouse.

Open since early 2018, the first phase of STEAMhouse invites original business thinkers to collaborate and innovate. Engaging with hundreds of SMEs in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area.
The second phase of STEAMhouse will see £48 million invested in a large-scale incubation, collaboration and maker space right in the heart of Birmingham. We’ll also be driving new talent with the STEAMacademy, an education centre offering interdisciplinary courses.
As well as collaborating with fellow innovators from all kinds of backgrounds, STEAMhouse members receive guidance from industry experts skilled in everything from manufacturing to marketing, people who’ve been there and done it – but want to help you do it differently. Members can also access wood, metal, digital and print workshops; get support to develop new skills; attend community and networking events; and can apply for grants.

STEAMhouse also has a regularly updated blog on the project website with specific case studies and examples of individuals benefiting from the project.

Cultural Sector partner:
STEAMHOUSE/Eastside Projects
Ruth Claxton

HE Partner:

Birmingham City University
Clayton Shaw/ Steve Harding

Topic category, (if relevant) to working group themes: Talent & Employability/ Cultural Education/ Placemaking

Area of the Midlands: Birmingham / West Midlands