SuperTech has secured £480,000 from the government
Professional and business services technology partnership SuperTech, has secured £480,000 from the government’s £220m UK Community Renewal Fund.
The bid, led by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) will see SuperTech launch 20 new businesses in the next six-12 months.
The businesses will be created using new no-code technology at no cost to founders, with the GBSLEP wanting to focus on current aspiring entrepreneurs in and around Birmingham, Dudley and Walsall.
GBSLEP says the West Midlands became the first region globally to invest in no-code which reduces the costs when creating technology solutions and the enterprise partnership has developed five businesses with delivery partner Million LAbs.
Nick Winder, Group Managing Director of Win Logistics – one of the original SuperTech Seeds winners, said: “SuperTech has been pivotal in supporting and nurturing our app, TalentX’s, development.
“From concept to delivery, I’ve found the process easy to navigate with expert advice and support at all junctions. As a ‘non-tech’ individual, it can be really daunting to understand how to take a good idea and turn it into a technology platform. However, with the support and guidance from SuperTech and partners, we have been able to work at pace, with outstanding results.”
Hilary-Smyth-Allen, SuperTech executive lead and lead for Business Professional & Financial Services (BPFS) in the West Midlands, said: “Too many good ideas don’t progress because the costs, risks and speed to market of traditional technology builds make the barriers too high. Harnessing the power of no-code development, Minimum Viable Products, which are needed to prove concepts and raise finance are now within reach for more people than ever before.
Jof Walters, the founder of technology partner Million Labs, said: “No-code and low-code have been hugely democratising, opening up new product and service development to more people than ever before, no matter their economic background or connections.
“Of the hundreds of founders we’ve supported to date, we can see the impact of widening participation be that by age, race or gender.