Four new start-ups have each received a £10,000 incubation package, triggering the launch of their tech businesses at Birmingham Science Park’s Entrepreneurs for the Future Centre (e4f). A total of 58 companies are currently based at - or have graduated from - the business incubation centre, 13 of which specialise in digital gaming.
wallFour, Jamo Games, We Wana and Untyped will receive expert advice and mentoring to achieve investor readiness, as well as telephone, internet and office space at Birmingham Science Park for free for six months; a package which has a monetary value of £10,000.
Katherine Preston, e4f Business Incubation Manager at Birmingham Science Park said: “Since launching two and a half years ago, the Entrepreneurs for the Future Centre continues to grow from strength to strength. More of our tech start-ups are receiving seed finance from investors and becoming fast-growing, revenue generating businesses, enabling them to create new high-value jobs in Birmingham.”
The four new start-ups include wallFour, which is creating a system that allows up to 100 simultaneous players to interact with giant digital projection screens using laser pointers. This interface can be used to design and produce collaborative crowd games for live performances.
Jamo Games is creating original games content across multiple platforms, including for PC, Mac, Android and iOS, using in-house extensions and plug-ins designed for the Unity3D engine.
We Wana is designing a mobile app that helps video gamers organise and schedule their gaming with their friends, contacts and other like-minded people. The app will be able to be used as a tool to help gaming companies bring gamers together, and better understand their preferences.
Software development company Untyped is developing Myna; a tool that will help web owners increase the sales and usability of their websites, using machine learning techniques to offer a superior alternative to A/B testing.
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, e4f is unique to Birmingham and is specifically designed to harness and support the city’s burgeoning tech community.
Since launching in November 2009, Birmingham Science Park’s e4f Centre has created 111 new employees and directors. For more information, or to apply, please visitwww.e4f.co.uk.