Birmingham Tech, the organisation at the heart of the West Midlands’ technology ecosystem, has partnered with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to offer tailored support to women working in the sector. Through this new partnership, 10 women will receive a Future Faces membership and get access to a range of events, business support, and profile-raising opportunities.
Successful individuals will have full access to a myriad of benefits that come with a Future Faces membership, including monthly personal development and social networking events with some of the best in the business, the opportunity to be mentored by a more experienced Chamber member or to become a mentor themselves, profile opportunities with the Future Faces Committee, and annual awards to recognise the talent the region has to offer.
There are 10 memberships available to young professionals (aged 18-35), with applications closing on 14 May. Those looking to apply for a Birmingham Tech Future Faces membership can do so here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScq7FKZibeQWBt2ZzsCkDbj-YclbXewgxMPveLor1yTP_aFNA/viewform
In addition to Future Faces’ own benefits, recipients of this membership will also have exclusive access to Birmingham Tech events, mentors and potential investors with key industry knowledge, tailored tech industry support and resources, and direct access to the Birmingham Tech team for one-to-one advice.
The partnership aims to support and uplift more women in business, particularly in the tech industry. By pooling their resources and collaborating on this shared goal, Birmingham Tech and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce hope to maximise the impact they can have on the sector and helping the region reach its ambition of becoming a global tech hub.
Speaking about the collaboration, Yiannis Maos, Founder of Birmingham Tech, comments:
“The West Midlands has big ambitions to become a true global tech hub, and diversity sits at the heart of us achieving that. Women remain underrepresented and under-funded when compared to their male counterparts in tech, so we’re proud to partner with Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to deliver tailored support and advice that’s really going to improve access and opportunities for women who want to thrive in the tech sector.”
At Birmingham Tech, we remain dedicated to promoting and supporting growth throughout the region. We want to not only demonstrate the existing businesses thriving in the region, but also create more opportunities for people across the board.”
The largest young professional network in the West Midlands, Future Faces exists to network, develop, and recognise young professionals across all sectors. Patrons of the organisation include Deutsche Bank, Gymshark, Mills & Reeves, Midland Air Ambulance and Aston University.
Henrietta Brealey, CEO of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, discusses her thoughts on the partnership:
“The West Midlands remains the UK’s fastest growing tech sector, with £2.7 billion forecast to be added to the tech economy by 2025 alone. We want to encourage as many people as possible to believe that they can be a part of the region’s technological advancement. As of 2023, just over a quarter of technology roles were held by women; we believe that striving for equality and inclusion is key to boosting the tech industry and hope that this partnership will do exactly that.
At Future Faces, we strive to support young professionals throughout the region in as many ways as possible, offering them the chance to learn from some of the best minds in the business, as well as providing a multitude of personal development opportunities. It is an absolute pleasure to be able to continue this work with the help of Birmingham Tech, and to offer these opportunities to people who perhaps wouldn’t have applied for a membership otherwise.”
To find out more about the Birmingham Tech, connect to relevant support, and access funding opportunities, visit www.birmingham.tech.
Those looking to find out more about a Future Faces membership can do so at https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/our-divisions/future-faces/.