5th October 2021

Tech Wednesday – Geovation Take Over!

Millie Smith

Our Birmingham based Partner Hub, Innovation Birmingham, hold a monthly Campus meet-up for Birmingham’s technological and entrepreneurial community and we’ve teamed up with them in October! Their Tech Wednesday event in October saw four of our start-ups present where they’re at on their journey so far.

Innovation Birmingham (IB) is our Midlands-based Geovation partner hub. We have an agreement in place with them, that sees mutual benefits exchanged between both IB and Geovation – resulting in both of our Hubs being able to share out benefits to our respective members. Benefits such as flexible desk space, discounted access to workshops, and collaborative events together are all part of the partnership. So, when they invited us back to once again curate the line-up for their Tech Wednesday meetup event, we jumped at the opportunity!


What Happening at the Meetup? 

The event saw the following four Geovation start-ups present to Birmingham’s tech and entrepreneurial community:

ArchAI – ArchAI is de-risking the construction industry by using AI to automatically detect archaeology using earth observation data. Knowing where archaeological sites are located at the earliest planning stages allows accurate estimates of time and cost involved with acquiring planning permission. This eliminates the risk of discovering unexpected historical finds during construction. This means that ArchAI will lower the cost of construction and ensures that vital historical sites are preserved. ArchAI was founded by Iris Kramer in early 2020, and joined the 10th Geovation accelerator cohort in April of that year. Since then, Iris has successfully closed an investment from the University of Southampton Dragons’ Den, been awarded a UK Space Agency and SPRINT grant, been covered in The Times, and been awarded an Enterprise Fellowship to the Royal Academy of Engineering. Hear from Iris Kramer at the meetup.

Bkwai – Bkwai are delivering insights to engineers using world-class research and applied technology to support a more resilient built environment. Data has the power to radically transform construction and asset management. But its full potential remains untapped and overlooked.
Their mission is to help engineers get the most out of site data, making infrastructure work smarter, faster and safer.
Hear from founder Sakthy, has spent years designing, constructing, and assessing built infrastructure. Through her detailed work around next generation satellite and geospatial data methods, she saw first-hand the game-changing potential of big data – and the failure of existing technologies to harness it. BKwai was born out of her desire to give engineers fast, hassle-free access to the insights they need.

adoor – From Mortgage to Moving Day, adoor keeps you updated & informed every step of the way. Buying or selling a house shouldn’t be stressful, it’s meant to be an exciting moment, starting a new chapter full of stories to make and memories to cherish. But often it’s stressful, complex and you’re exhausted by the time you’ve moved in.
Hear from CEO, Michael Wadsworth, who’s vision is for adoor is to help both Buyers and Sellers better understand the process to buy or sell a property and track the process online whenever works for them. By connecting Conveyancers, Estate Agents and Mortgage Brokers/ Lenders, there’s one platform to keep everyone on the same page

Travel Hands (VIP World Services) – Ishan has recently launched Travel Hands – a service that aims to connect Visually Impaired People (VIP), with vetted and trained volunteers in their local community, to facilitate a safe and enjoyable travel experience in London. A VIP can submit a trip request that is automatically sent to a volunteer near them, alerting the volunteer to their location. The accepting volunteer will then come and pick-up the VIP and walk towards the requested destination. We are proud to see Ishan designing solutions for many VIP across London and improving disability inclusion through his amazing work, find out more at the meetup!