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UKSPA Directory 2017 England | Full Member over 140 new technology companies and has raised over £13.3 million in start-up funding, as well as creating over 400 jobs. 123 Progress to date Buildin g 1 Cle antech for Acceler ation The Cleantech for Acceleration (CT4A) programme is a two-stage programme which supports promising start-ups by providing the tools, opportunities, and network to transform energy efficient business plans into commercial successes. As one of 18 locations across Europe working to develop the low-carbon economy, this European grant-funded programme also provides grants of up to €20,000, international publicity, and 1-2-1 business mentoring. iCentrum Launched in March 2016 Mak er Wharf Maker Wharf is the next exciting development on the Campus and will boast a digital prototyping facility and equipment to promote the development of innovative commercial, technical, and creative products. With flexible office space and additional commercial digital fabrication and manufacturing space arranged over the remaining three floors, this four- storey building will be located adjacent to iCentrum. Planning was approved in May 2017 and building work will begin later this year, with Maker Wharf scheduled for delivery in Summer 2018. Buildin g 2 Universities Centre Launched in October 2016 Future de velopment Innovation Birmingham’s masterplan also includes the delivery of an additional 65,584 sq ft of enterprise space, which is set to double the size of the current Campus by 2020. Buildin g 3 30Gbit/s broadband connectivit y In a move to enhance Birmingham’s Smart City credentials, Innovation Birmingham has invested in infrastructure to increase its broadband connectivity to 30Gbit/s. As a result, tenants benefit from download and upload speeds that equal the best on offer anywhere in the UK. ■ Trans por t l i nks Birmingham Snow Hill 0.7 miles Birmingham Moor Street 0.8 miles Birmingham New Street 1 mile Mak er Wharf Planning approved May 2017 Ne a r by Str a te g i c n e tw o r k Coventry 16 miles Leicester 35 miles Derby 37 miles Open Data Institute (ODI Node) National Virtual Incubator (NVI) The region’s Universities