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The STEAMhouse Funded Programme is  powered by Birmingham City University in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Eligible sole traders, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises


Support programme to help young and small enterprises turn their business ideas into a reality


No cost (due to funding by ERDF)


12 months

How will the STEAMhouse Funded Programme help me?


Got a new product idea? We have the production space and expertise to make your idea a reality.


Develop skills and knowledge, and be inspired at workshops, masterclasses and events.


Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and gain new business contacts and opportunities.


Gain access to prototyping grants of £2,500 to eligible SMEs and sole traders.

What our members say

The techniques that STEAMhouse guided us through enabled some great insights we’d not imagined and ideas and solutions came about through a highly collaborative, interactive and creative approach.

Richard Haynes, Innovation Manager at Walsall Housing Group

About the programme

Originally launched in early 2018, the programme invited business thinkers to collaborate, innovate, and engage with hundreds of entrepreneurs, artists, makers and SMEs in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area.

The programme gave members access to substantial production space, metal, wood and print workshop facilities and equipment, supported by the guidance of multiple specialist technicians. The aim of the programme was to help entrepreneurs, artists and creatives to turn their business ideas into a reality.

In April 2020, the programme was extended. It introduced new facilities and workshops that enabled users to experiment with digital design technologies.


Business idea to develop?


The STEAMhouse Funded Programme is open to sole traders and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with a focus on four sectors:

  • Creative & Digital
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Low Carbon

Monthly intake

Each month we select up to 20 applicants to become STEAMhouse Funded Programme members. Members get access to exclusive online events, technical and business support, remote prototyping facilities, and a wide network of members, academics and like-minded businesses.

Length of membership

Membership lasts for 12 months.


Because the programme is funded by ERDF, members get all the benefits of the STEAMhouse Funded Programme at no cost for 12 months.

More details about the STEAMhouse Funded Programme

You will find full details of the programme, packages, and eligibility in our info pack. Please read through carefully before applying (STEAMhouse Funded Programme is referred to as STEAMhouse 1.5 in the info pack).


Application process

We strongly recommend you attend a STEAMhouse Funded Programme Pre-Application Workshop before completing a new application.

Following the Pre-Application Workshop we will invite you to complete our online application form. It will ask for information about the concept you wish to develop, and a short proposal describing what you want the STEAMhouse Funded Programme to support you with.

The application deadline is 3pm on the last day of every month. We review applications in the first week of the month and aim to contact all applicants within three weeks with a decision.

I’d like to apply

If you would like to apply for the STEAMhouse Funded Programme, please visit our events listings and register for the next available STEAMhouse Funded Programme Pre-Application Workshop.

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Funders and partners

Created in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England, we’re driving innovation and research for major long-term growth across the region. Bringing inventors, entrepreneurs, businesses and craftspeople together to develop exciting new ideas and products.

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