Gang of four head to Birmingham Science Park

FOUR new ‘tech’ start-ups have each received a £10,000 incubation package at Birmingham Science Park’s Entrepreneurs for the Future Centre (e4f).

A total of 58 companies are currently based at – or have graduated from – the business incubation centre, 13 of which specialise in digital gaming.

wallFour, Jamo Games, We Wana and Untyped will receive expert advice and mentoring to achieve investor readiness, as well as telephone, internet and office space at Birmingham Science Park for free for six months; a package which has a monetary value of £10,000.

Katherine Preston, e4f  business incubation manager at the science park, said: “Since launching two and a half years ago, the Entrepreneurs for the Future Centre continues to grow from strength to strength. More of our tech start-ups are receiving seed finance from investors and becoming fast-growing, revenue generating businesses, enabling them to create new high-value jobs in Birmingham.”

wallFour is creating a system that allows up to 100 simultaneous players to interact with giant digital projection screens using laser pointers. This interface can be used to design and produce collaborative crowd games for live performances.

Jamo Games is creating original games content across multiple platforms, using in-house extensions and plug-ins designed for the Unity3D engine.

We Wana is designing a mobile app that helps video gamers organise and schedule their gaming with their friends, contacts and other like-minded people.

And Untyped is developing Myna, a tool that will help web owners increase the sales and usability of their websites, using machine learning techniques to offer a superior alternative to A/B testing.

James Biddulph, founder of Jamo Games said: “Being based at the Entrepreneurs for the Future Centre means I can share the same space as loads of other tech start-ups. We’re all working in similar markets, have similar skills sets, and comparable challenges to overcome to create a profitable and sustainable business.

“Birmingham is a great place to develop a gaming business. I have no desire to be in London or Cambridge.”