A tech company which builds private industry specific social networks has launched a base at Birmingham Science Park Aston.
Wambiz was founded by Harry Jawanda who is from Wolverhampton and studied at UCE Birmingham Business School and investor Andrew West.
The firm aims to offer new ways for groups such as students and lecturers to talk to each other via what they term 'Virtual Engagement Networks'.
The company is currently working with South Staffordshire College on a pilot for its new product.
Wambiz said it was aiming to solve a critical issue facing further education institutions about how administrators could keep in contact with students on things like course work and administrative matters as they had historically ignored texts or letters.
It said the social networks could impact student attendance when they started a course, as well as giving them a forum to engage with lecturers and peers outside of the classroom.
Mr Jawanda said: "We're delighted to be moving into Birmingham Science Park Aston and be part of the growing tech scene around Birmingham and the West Midlands.
"Having experienced working in London, it is great to see that ambition and excitement regarding start-ups isn't just confined to London and Silicon Roundabout."