Serendip Digital Health Quarter

Digital health

Partner Organisations

  • Innovation Birmingham


  • Innovation and adoption
  • Wealth creation

Date Initiated

31 March 2016

Project Status

In Progress

While many industries have embraced digital working, healthcare has yet to fully capitalise on the opportunities offered. The WMAHSN has seven enabling themes, including digital health, to deliver four West Midlands-specific priorities. Digital health start-up businesses who are looking to accelerate their growth are being sought to join others at the Serendip® Digital Health quarter in Birmingham.  Those wanting to apply for a place in the Digital Health Quarter of the Serendip® incubator programme will need to offer solutions which respond to one or more of the WMAHSN’s digital health challenges. 

Part of Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator programme, there are four sector-specific Serendip® ‘quarters’: Digital Health, Intelligent Mobility, Internet of Things and Eagle Labs. These will be delivered by Innovation Birmingham in collaboration with key partners, with the WMAHSN collaborating in the Digital Health Quarter. The other partners include Centro and the Transport Systems Catapult, Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future, and Barclays.

The Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator covers almost 12,000 square feet on the first floor of the new iCentrum® building in Birmingham and co-locates promising start-up businesses with large commercial partners. Within these challenge-led incubators, the commercial partners help to mentor qualifying early stage tech companies and may, in turn, become customers or distribution channels for the start-ups. The ethos behind the space is to harness the power of serendipity, stimulate collaborative working across the four sectors and encourage the translation of ideas, relevant to the Smart City agenda, into new products and services.

The  Digital Health Quarter will seek out proven digital innovations with the potential to save lives, improve health and create wealth. Tenants will be supported to develop products, tools and services designed in response to genuine needs of the healthcare sector, enabling the digital health start-ups to maximise their chance of success. The incubator will help digital health start-ups unlock investment, create their optimal innovation and ultimately bring that innovation to market for patient benefit. Tenants will co-operate with the other Serendip® corporate partners and start-up businesses on solutions to "grand challenges" which affect all citizens across the sectors.

Successful applicants for the Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator will be based at iCentrum® and will be supported by Innovation Birmingham’s mentorship programmes, enabling them to work directly with commercial partners to market-test and refine products and services. Other benefits include: 

  • Free high-tech office space for six months
  • Mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs
  • Specific start-up and innovation focused workshops
  • 30 Gb internet connection
  • State of the art demonstration screens (wireless streaming direct from mobile devices for easy product demonstrations, planning meetings etc.)
  • Incredible 180-seat presentation auditorium with 7m+ wide HD presentation screen. (Ideal for large scale demonstrations, talks and product launches)
  • Brand new resident cafe
  • Access to more than 100 evening and networking events per year. 

The Serendip® Smart Cities Incubator is open to UK wide start-ups, but they will need to relocate to the iCentrum building in the West Midlands in order to be supported by the corporate partners. To apply for the Serendip® Digital Health Quarter, please visit the Meridian health innovation exchange. Applications will remain open while spaces are available.

Programme Outcomes

The planned outcomes are:

Programme Lead

Tony Davis
t: 0121 371 8061