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The STEAMhouse Create Programme is powered by Birmingham City University in partnership with Eastside Projects with additional funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Sole traders, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)*


A business support programme to help you learn, plan, connect and make


No cost for eligible SME’s thanks to funding from Birmingham City University, ERDF and
Eastside Projects.


12 months

How will the STEAMhouse Create Programme help me?


Get inspired and learn new skills in our interactive online short courses and workshops. Get to grips with the latest creative software, join our Materials Club, or get making with our courses in a box, delivered to your door.


Access regular 1-2-1’s and collaborative workshops with our team of specialists. We have extensive real-world experience in all aspects of idea and business development. We’ll guide and advise you on idea generation, design, development, funding, manufacturing, materials, marketing, administration, and more! Check out our team profiles to find a skills match for your project.


Join STEAMhouse Create and become part of a community of practice. We’ll get to know your business and facilitate introductions to other members, organisations, and partners to extend your network and uncover new opportunities.


Access our online STEAMhouse Bureau – a free, small format 3d printing, CNC routing, water-jet cutting and laser cutting service, exclusively for STEAMhouse Create members. Prototype and test your ideas in a range of polymers, woods and metals. Our technical specialists will also advise you on how to work with industry to scale up your ideas.

What our members say

We were able to achieve, through the knowledge and support of STEAMhouse Create Programme, a new product within a critical timeframe

Stephen O’Hare and Mevlit D’Jafer, O’Hare & D’Jafer

Challenges STEAMhouse Create can help you tackle

Are you unsure about what steps to take to develop your ideas?

When you become a STEAMhouse Create member, our team are always on hand to advise you on what to do next. If you need advanced expertise on a specific topic, you can also apply for our Academic Advisory service. Designed to advance projects already in development, Academic Advisory will challenge and push your thinking in new directions. Check out our cohort of STEAMhouse Academics here.

Do you work alone and find it difficult to extend your network?

STEAMhouse Create is first and foremost a community. We support you to make new connections and access new perspectives to help your ideas flourish. Experiment with others in our collaborative STEAM Lab workshops, or discuss your work with peers at our In Conversation events. Collaboration is at the heart of all STEAMhouse activities.

Are you struggling to keep up with advances in your industry?

Learn new digital skills in our workshops and short courses. Connect with our technical specialists to find out how AR, VR, digital fabrication and 3D printing can advance your ideas.

Do you need to better understand customers or audiences?

Our business support specialists will advise you on how to research potential markets and create products, services, or projects that meet real-world needs.

Do you need support in finding and accessing funding to move your ideas forward?

STEAMhouse Create members are eligible to apply for grants of up to £2,500 to help make your ideas a reality. Our business development specialists have vast experience in business administration, funding, bid writing and evaluation. Schedule 1-2-1’s with us and attend workshops led by industry practitioners to increase your financial confidence.

Are you unsure about how to produce your ideas?

Our technical specialists will advise you on appropriate production processes and manufacturing techniques. Reduce risk by testing small scale prototypes via our Bureau service, then work with our team to ready your ideas for scale-up.


*The STEAMhouse Create Programme is open to sole traders, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises who are based in England, with priority to those based in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) region, 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 Create 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 Create Programme at no cost for 12 months.

More details about the STEAMhouse Create Programme

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

Application process

We strongly recommend you attend a STEAMhouse Create 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 Create 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 Create Programme, please visit our events listings and register for the next available STEAMhouse Create 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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