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STEAMhouse is generating incredible opportunities for the West Midlands.

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.


How can STEAMhouse help me?

Got a new product idea? We have the tools, tech and expertise to help you make it.

Looking for new knowledge? Be inspired at a workshop, masterclass or event.

Need new networks? We’re forging unique new relationships across Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.


Looking for funding? We offer prototyping grants of £2,500 to selected SMEs and sole traders.

STEAMhouse is a space to experiment, test and develop new knowledge. At the project’s heart are five key principles conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness.

Open since early 2018, the first phase of STEAMhouse was powered by Birmingham City University in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England. It invited original business thinkers to collaborate and innovate, engaging with hundreds of SMEs in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Phase 1.5 launched in April 2020 and is focussed on supporting businesses to access and explore the potential of digital technologies to help develop businesses, products and services. Alongside the substantial existing makerspace, new workshops, equipment and technicians allow members to experiment with digital design and prototype and make using digital fabrication tools, electronics and virtual and augmented reality.

View our Info Pack HERE.

Phase 1 & 1.5: Digbeth High Street

A free and open opportunity to bring talent together.

Registration is now open.

Phase 2: Central Birmingham

A multi-million pound customised collaborative space

Work has started on the £60 million project to transform the historic Belmont Works into our new home, a large-scale incubation, collaboration and maker space right in the heart of Birmingham, due to open in 2021.

We’ll also be driving new talent with the STEAMacademy, an education centre offering interdisciplinary courses.

The project, partly funded by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), will, as well as being STEAMhouse’s new home, provide Birmingham City University with new teaching and learning space alongside facilities and space for businesses and organisations wanting to base themselves in the city centre campus and form collaborative partnerships with the University.

You can see a digital fly-through of the new building here.