Cohort 3 announcement: Helping local business to thrive and adapt in these challenging times.
The Creative Futures Incubator celebrates the strength and range of the region’s creative businesses, helping each start-up harness the wealth of opportunities available to them.
Congratulations to the chosen five businesses, who will have 6 months free access to 1 Mill Street and the University of Warwick, to help develop their business ideas – including weekly coaching sessions, access to enterprise experts and mentors and the ability to network and learn from other businesses. The scheme is supported by the University of Warwick, 1 Mill Street, BT and Warwickshire County Council, all keen to embrace, champion and grow the creative industries in the region.
Clare Green, Creative & Digital Communities Manager said:
“I am delighted to announce that we have recruited our third cohort into Creative Futures Incubator. The most exciting thing is the mix of disciplines, from fashion to digital marketing and these five new companies now make up a group of 15 business and 28 individuals that Creative Futures support.”
Meet the new businesses:
ARCFORM was founded by Steve and Jenny Hughes, who are passionate about designing modern British lighting and sculptures. www.studioarcform.com
DRM is a clothing brand that raises awareness and reduces stigma for mental health. Led by Bill Nichols and Erin Anderson-Howe, DRM shortened for DREAM empowers people through fashion, culture and music to realise they can achieve their goals. www.wearedrm.bigcartel.com
Bracken is a creative agency with a difference. Led by graphic designer, Tim Saunders, Bracken is focussed on developing more products on multiple platforms including Adobe, Unity and Unreal as well as offering the design community educational content and access to free resources. www.bracken.design
Sunday Only was set up by founder, Jess Olds, as a way to combat Sunday anxiety and worry for the week ahead. Jess started hand pouring unique vegan candles as a way to switch off and enjoy the holistic process of making these pieces. Sunday Only has evolved into an unique homeware business. www.instagram.com/sunday_only_
Rubas Media is a digital marketing agency and consultancy created to help brands innovate simple yet predictable sales and marketing systems into their business. Matt Rubas launched the business to show service based businesses how to introduce automation to scale predictably, without sacrificing integrity or connection with prospects and clients. www.mattrubas.com
Do you have a creative business idea?
We are passionate about creating a diverse talent pipeline which responds to skills gaps within the creative sector, increasing the opportunities for students, graduates and local business. Our work focuses on knowledge exchange, business engagement, employability and talent, drawing on the University of Warwick’s excellence in education and research.