Posted on August 22, 2018 by staff

New speakers confirmed for Birmingham tech breakfast


Entrepreneur, thought leader and public speaker Joel Blake OBE is among five new speakers confirmed for BusinessCloud’s breakfast event next month.

“Could Birmingham’s tech sector rival London?” will take place at the iCentrum building at the Innovation Birmingham campus on Wednesday 26th September.

The attendees will hear from a range of business and tech speakers, including award-winning Blake (pictured below), who is the founder of Birmingham-based FinTech start-up FeeLYX.


Blake is also a business growth strategist, founder and managing director of innovation and diversity consultancy Cultiv8 Solutions and a digital board member at West Midlands Combined Authority.

He also chairs the Diversity in Tech sub-group for Birmingham’s Silicon Canal.

Richard Westman, founder of health analytics start-up Kaido; and Cliff Dennett, head of business development at Innovation Birmingham, will also take part.

They will share their insights alongside Jess Jeetly MBE, managing director of clothing brand Jeetly; and Molly Thompson (pictured below), community engagement officer at digital and tech network Silicon Canal.

Birmingham is currently home to more than 3,000 tech firms and is quickly becoming an attractive prospect for tech graduates, attracting more people from London than anywhere else in the UK.


The city’s digital tech sector is buzzing – boasting more than 41,500 digital tech jobs and a GVA of £1.7 billion, according to Tech Nation’s most recent figures.

But what does Birmingham need to take it to the next level, what role does West Midlands Mayor Andy Street have to play and what difference will HS2 and the Commonwealth Games in 2022 have on the industry?

Register for our free event and be part of the discussion.