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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).


Sole traders, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises*


A support programme to help SMEs develop new products, services, or projects


No cost for eligible SMEs (due to funding by ERDF)


12 months

How will the STEAMhouse Funded Programme help me?


Got a new product or service idea? We have the workshops, equipment and expertise you need to prototype, develop and realise your concept.


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


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


Gain access to grants of £2,500 to help you realise your ideas

What our members say

We are all professional artists, designers and entrepreneurs and we benefit creatively from working together and sharing ideas informally in the workshops

Bharti Parmar, Sole Trader and Artist

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

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

About the programme

Since 2018, the programme has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, artists, makers and businesses in the GBSLEP area, helping them to collaborate, innovate, explore, and engage with new ideas and conversations.

The programme supports members to develop new products and services and, where appropriate, gives them access to a substantial production space with equipment to prototype in a range of materials including wood, metal, plastics, textiles, print and biomaterials. Members are guided by specialist workshop technicians with expertise across traditional processes and digital fabrication through 1-2-1’s, workshops and short courses.

In April 2020, the programme was extended, introducing new facilities which enable users to experiment with a wider range of digital technologies including Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality.

Support is supplemented by tailored business support, masterclasses led by industry experts, 1-2-1 mentoring, networking and knowledge sharing events, opportunities to collaborate with academics and grants of up to £2,500

Business idea to develop?


*The STEAMhouse Funded 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 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.

Ready to apply now?

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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