Our programmes increase opportunities for students, staff, start-ups and businesses on and off campus offering space, business support, mentoring and networking to support growth, creative ideas, enterprises and innovation.

Through the Creative Futures Incubator we have supported 25 businesses since 2019. Check out the different kinds of businesses using the incubator and space at 1 Mill Street as a launchpad to grow…

Owlet Press

It’s like having an angel sitting above your business sometimes.

Samuel Langley-Swain, Owlet Press
Cohort 5

Sam runs Owlet press, a small yet mighty publisher with a range of titles for 4 – 8 year olds and pre-teen literature. Owlet’s books focus on diversity and inclusion, from re-telling classic stories such as Cinderella to creating new titles that help children explore tough topics such as gender or grief.

Sam joined the Creative Futures incubator in September 2022, giving him access to 6 months of bespoke business support, a year’s membership with 1 Mill Street coworking space, and an extensive network of academic and industry contacts.

Joining Forces to Support Young People in Leamington

Working together, meant we could combine our complementary skill sets and successfully launch this new arts festival.

Martina Bussi, Creative Leamington
Cohort 1

Two companies within our Creative Futures Incubator, Creative Leamington and Blunt & Brave collaborated to deliver Leamington’s Young Talent Festival 2021.

It is a well-known fact that small businesses often struggle to do it all – everything from project development, creating case studies to showcase their strengths, as well as marketing and pitching for new business. One way to ease this struggle, especially for early-stage businesses, is to collaborate with others. This kind of collaboration worked brilliantly for two businesses within the Creative Futures Incubator, who worked together to produce the Local Young Talent Festival (LYT) in May 2021.

Saldo and Bluebell Films Unite for Mental Health Project

If it wasn’t for Creative Futures, our entire project with Coatsink would have collapsed.

Rory Cahill, Saldo
Cohort 3

Our two very own start-ups Saldo and Bluebell Films used our Creative Futures Network to collaborate and deliver on a mental wellbeing project for video gaming giant, Coatsink.

“Creative Futures has given Saldo the platform to have informal conversations with other cohort members. The partnership with BlueBell Films enabled Saldo to achieve a high level of online mental health and well-being training, in an ever-changing and sometimes complex hybrid world. There are so many more opportunities on the horizon, and I am looking forward to working with both again.”

Contact Us

Book a 15-min discovery call with Clare Green, Creative and Digital Communities Manager, to discuss the Creative Futures Incubator, or email creativeanddigital@warwick.ac.uk