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, a new 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 desk space 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.

Do you have a creative business idea? 

Leamington Spa is the UK’s largest creative cluster outside Greater London
and Creative Futures provides an exciting opportunity for any business to
develop entrepreneurial skills, test, launch and pitch ideas and get 6 months
of free space and support to develop your creative enterprises.

Imagine what your life could look like, 6 months from now with: 

  • A subsidised co-working space 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. 
  • 1-2-1 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  

Photo credit: Ana Frantz

Eligibility criteria:
  • 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. 
  • 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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If you would like to find out more about the business incubator, please email to request a 15-min discovery call, creativeanddigital@warwick.ac.uk

Dates to apply
Important Dates: Every year we have 2 rounds of applications: one in January and July.

Monday 14th June 2021Applications open
Monday 12 July 2021 Applications close
Tuesday 20 July and
Wednesday 21 July
2021
Interviews to take place and shortlisted businesses invited to present to a panel
Monday 2 August
2021
Incubator starts with blend of digital and face-to-face coaching, business support and events. Tenancy at 1 Mill Street starts Monday 6 September 2021.

LATE APPLICATIONS: The Warwick Enterprise team is unable to accept late applications. If you miss the deadline you will need to submit an application to the next application round.