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Digital Innovation in Public Services

We've partnered with Birmingham City Council to deliver the 'Digital Innovation in Public Services'; a programme designed to unlock more procurement by local authorities from SMEs through promoting an entrepreneurship mindset and practice within local authorities.

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Can you help solve the challenges of Birmingham City Council with innovative solutions?

The DIPS approach has been influenced by the award-winning Digital Renewal Programme delivered by the Swedish ‘Better’ partner in Gavle which works with Gavle city council departments to help them identify the key challenges they face through an open innovation ‘Design Led Thinking’ approach.

Birmingham City University STEAMhouse colleagues are champions of the Design Led Thinking approach and through the DIPS project worked with BCC colleagues who were taken through a process to help identify the most important challenges they face. The project has also attracted the attention of the central government and been included in a film shared with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

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What's on offer?

  • Access to free hotdesking at Innovation Birmingham Campus

  • 6 months of bespoke business support

  • Access to our partner network and expertise

  • Free collaborative space at Innovation Birmingham

  • Mentorship and full access to events and workshops

  • Real-world validation

  • Funding support available

The Challenges

Find out more about the challenges
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Applications now open

If you're interested in applying, we encourage you to submit as soon as possible. We will reply to all applicants within 28 days of submission. Applications close Friday 19th August 2022.