Tech Nation 2017, the third annual report from Tech City UK, has recently been published - and showcases Kaido, one of the tenants at WMAHSN's Digital Health Quarter, part of Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator programme.
Tech Nation 2017 is a virtual journey across the UK’s digital landscape that provides a data-rich analysis of Britain’s thriving digital economy and clusters. The report shines the spotlight on the UK’s digital tech economy, highlighting innovation in every corner of the UK, including Birmingham.
Long the centre of the UK’s automotive industry, today’s Birmingham has a skilled workforce, to support the emergence of new technologies such as drones and intelligent buildings. The arrival of big banks, professional services firms and the planned HS2 rail link, have all accelerated this transformation.
The cluster is bolstered by 18 universities, all within an hour’s drive of the city. Increasingly, graduates are also staying to put down roots, attracted by the affordable quality of life, opportunities and a thriving digital tech ecosystem. Local networks, such as Silicon Canal and Innovation Birmingham, are also instrumental to the cluster’s strength.
In the report, Kaido's founder and Managing Director Rich Westman outlines his reasons for opting for Birmingham, and the Serendip® Digital Health Quarter, as the base for his pioneering digital tech health business. He says: "Birmingham’s diverse population, newly established QE Hospital, and world-leading health research capabilities make it an attractive life sciences region."
You can read the Birmingham section of the report here, or download the full report from the website.