Powering up businesses in Leamington Spa.

Are you a creative start-up or early-stage business looking to take off with the help of the University of Warwick?

The Creative Futures Incubator supports and develops new businesses and start-ups from across the West Midlands. Based in the heart of Leamington Spa, the largest creative cluster outside of Greater London, your business can benefit from dedicated space at 1 Mill Street and connections with the growing community here.

Since November 2020, 25 businesses in the incubator gained £1.43m worth of sales, grants and commissions, created 35 new jobs and gained 85 clients. The University of Warwick through this scheme delivered 293 hours of 1:1 coaching, 63 hours group sessions & introductions to 154 business and academic contacts. In September 2022, we introduced 5 new businesses with a fifth cohort so the community is now 25 strong.

Applications are open to join in cohort 6! see details below and book a discovery call with the team:

Why Apply?

“We want to help creative businesses accelerate, and I am so proud to have supported start-ups to grow, develop new ideas, win projects and commissions for BBC, Coventry City of Culture and Sky Arts to name just a few. Creative Futures launched just before lockdown and with the support from the University, 1 Mill Street and the sponsors BT and Warwickshire County Council, the cohorts have thrived and even collaborated on new projects in this time.”

Clare Green, Creative & Digital Communities Manager

Success stories from cohorts 1 & 2

Are you a creative start-up or small business looking to smash your goals in 2023?

Then Creative Futures is the place for YOU! Join us and you will gain:

  • 6 months of tailored business support
  • 1 years’ membership at 1 Mill Street
  • 1:1 coaching and access to experts
  • Networking opportunities with other local businesses

Everyone selected will join the 25 businesses who have already benefited from our programme and will become a part of our collaborative community!

Click here to APPLY