Creative Futures is a gateway between the University and the region’s creative industries
We inspire, educate & incubate on campus and at 1 Mill Street, the co-working space in Leamington Spa
offering business advice, mentoring and networking to support the growth of creative ideas, enterprises and innovation.
What are the benefits?
As a start-up or creative business, by becoming part of the Creative Futures Incubator you benefit from membership at 1 Mill Street
which offers, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, world-class events space, a video and sound studio and great food and coffee.
Photo credit: Ana Frantz
Dates to apply
We select two cohorts of 5 businesses every year. Our application process is rolling with closing dates in the Spring and Autumn.
If you apply now, your application will be considered in the next selection round.
|Monday 12th September 2022||Cohort 6 Applications open|
|Late February 2023||Applications close|
|March 2023||Interviews to take place and shortlisted businesses invited to present to a panel.|
|If successfully selected…||Tenancy starts in late March with desk space, face-to-face coaching, business support and events|
Imagine what your life could look like, 6 months from now with:
- A years’ membership at 1 Mill Street with 6 months’ worth of business support, mentoring and advice to develop and launch your business. This is equivalent to up to £10,000 worth of space and support.
- 1:1 coaching to empower you with the monthly focus and accountability you need to break through your own limitations.
- A tailored package of support and agreed milestones to equip your climb towards developing your business.
- Exclusive access to the University of Warwick’s experts, mentors and graduate entrepreneurs
- Hands-on learning through guest speaker talks, events and live interviews.
- A strong sense of community with a network of peers who share similar entrepreneurial interests and aspirations.
- Pitch practice for the opportunity to present directly to an investor network
- You must be motivated and determined to build or start a business in the West Midlands and be able to demonstrate why you would benefit from being part of the Leamington Spa creative cluster.
- This programme is open to graduates, alumni, early stage, start-up and SMEs. Current students are not eligible.
- Applications can come from individuals (a lead applicant) or teams with a maximum of five co-founders or team members.
- The business team must be primarily based in the West Midlands during their time on the programme.
- Successful businesses will need to be both creative & digital from various sectors including screen, gaming, VR, AI, performing arts, marketing and events, PR and design businesses.
- Each cohort will be made up of a mix of the following business types;
- Creative Tech
- Creative Products
- Creative Production
- Creative Content
Successful submissions must include the following:
- Application Form including details of your Business Vision, what makes you different and how you will attract, engage and sell to customers
- CV for the lead applicant and other team members (if appropriate)
- Financial Forecast – Please use this template here
- 5 Images which best represent your work
- 3-min video explaining your business, your vision and introducing the team (if appropriate)
Please note: we will only accept submissions using our templates.
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