About

Silicon Canal’s aim is to create a world-class tech ecosystem in Birmingham. Our vision for Birmingham’s tech ecosystem isn’t a copy of Silicon Valley, Silicon Roundabout (London) or Berlin – it’s our own flavour of tech ecosystem. Birmingham has long been a manufacturing hub – and it’s similar in tech. The city has brilliant tech talent which is significantly more affordable than in other areas. For tech focused startups, that’s a perfect combination.

People

Silicon Canal is a not-for-profit organisation– we run it voluntarily because we care about building a bigger, stronger tech ecosystem for Greater Birmingham. Silicon Canal is a Community Interest Company (09489227)

Goals

1. Connect: all individuals and organisations together across the ecosystem.

2. Promote: the activity of individuals and companies locally, nationally and internationally.

3. Support: the entire ecosystem to grow.

Why Silicon Canal

Why Canals? Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) is a network of canals connecting Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and the eastern part of the Black Country. The BCN is connected to the rest of the English canal system at several junctions. What the Canal System used to offer Birmingham for transport, Silicon Canal aims to offers the tech community in Greater Birmingham. We're definitely not advocates of the "Birmingham has more canals than Venice", but in case you were interested.. Birmingham has 35 miles of canal compared with the 26 in Venice. And the entire Birmingham Canal Navigations system - a network of waterways connecting Birmingham and the Black Country - has 114 miles of waterways, though that's less than the 174 miles it had at its peak in the 18th century. More cubic metres of water flow through Birmingham's canals than any other city in the world.

Non profit

Silicon Canal is totally non-profit and is run by volunteers. If you’re in tech or care about tech in Greater Birmingham, please support us.

You can support Silicon Canal in a variety of ways. For example:

> Start or support a tech meetup / event in Birmingham > Be an ambassador to tech companies in Birmingham. Tell people you meet. > Tell us if you’ve come across something brillaint in tech in Birmingham - so we can share it with the community. > Attend our meetups - and tell other’s to > If you’re experienced - mentor a Birmingham startup > If you’re an investor - invest in a Birmingham startup > Sponsor an event

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