Early Growth Programme

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Applications now closed.

What is the Early Growth programme?

A dedicated and prestigious programme for up to 20 founders of screen-based companies with the potential and ambition to grow their businesses.  This is a 6-week programme designed for companies that are looking for the knowledge and insight to manage their growth and maximise their potential.

The Early Growth programme will deliver a series of intense half day workshops where companies taking part in the programme will:

  • interrogate their growth plans with relevant experts
  • Develop new contacts and a new network of peers
  • Gain confidence to take the next steps in their growth strategy
  • Create a strong development plan to execute in Spring 2021

Each workshop will:

  • Explore a fundamental element of business growth
  • Consider its importance for each participating business
  • Help the founder(s) to implement the lessons directly into their own growth strategies

Who is it for?

The programme is specifically aimed at founders of companies working with screen-based products and services with the potential and ambition to scale their businesses.

This includes those working in film, TV, animation, games, immersive media or tech platforms with a narrative focus; and where the content is consumed on screen. Companies must be working in moving image for storytelling whereby, the content’s primary aim must be for entertainment rather than advertising, education etc.

Companies will need to show that the business has achieved some traction in the marketplace and has the potential for growth.  To be considered for the programme, companies must:

  • Have shown signs of growth in the last 2 years (this could be indicated by increased turnover, job creation, sales revenue, profit)
  • Created a revenue generating product, reached a market/audience of scale or launched a new platform/ tech service that has enabled storytelling through moving image.
  • Have employed people in the business in the last 2 years (does not include the founder)
  • Be committed to the long term development of your company
  • Be based in the English regions outside of London
  • Be working in moving image for storytelling

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Should you have any access or communication requirements relating to our applications and guidance, then please contact the team at creativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk or 0333 023 5240.