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Creative England and Ukie have partnered to deliver two new accelerators to provide business advice and support to early-stage UK games businesses. 

Part of the BFI-funded Creative Enterprise programme, Accelerate will support early stage games developers and early stage games technology and service companies by running two distinct programmes dedicated to their needs – Accelerate: Game Developers and Accelerate: Games Tech and Services.

 

What does it involve?

Accelerate will provide business advice and support to early-stage games developers and early-stage games technology and service companies by running two distinct programmes dedicated to their needs – Accelerate: Game Developer and Accelerate: Games Tech and Services. Each strand will recruit cohorts of 10-15 games business. 

The Creative Enterprise programme, funded by the BFI, exists to help businesses working in the screen sectors, that make, sell or promote innovative and creative content.  

Who is it for?

The Accelerate programme is specifically looking to support:

  • Early stage games developers looking to become sustainable and have not yet released a game grow their business and financial knowledge and find partners to fund and take their game to market; 
  • Early-stage businesses who are creating technology or a service whose main purpose is to support games companies and who are looking for investment or client business planning tools and advice 

Notes on Accelerate: Games Tech and Services:

  • Services and tech include, but are not limited to: Marketing, Recruitment, Localisation, Quality Assurance, PR, Co-development studios, Technology companies, Trailer production companies, etc.
  • There is no need to be incorporated when you apply but you must commit to incorporating your business before September 2022. Companies that do not provide a Companies House number by 1 September 2022 will be automatically removed from the programme. 
  • At least portion of the business’ client base needs to be in the games industry.

We’re looking for businesses throughout the UK, with priority being given to those based in the English regions outside of London, who can clearly show how expert advice and support can move their company forward and who can demonstrate that their work in some way supports or promotes the art, creativity and storytelling power of game making.

What to find out more about the Accelerators from the programme leaders?
Watch the video below: 

Is there any cost for joining the programme?

There is no cost to businesses participating in Accelerate.

What will it deliver?

All participating companies will:

  • join a cohort of other similar businesses to share challenges and learn from each other
  • take part in a series of workshops and training delivered by industry experts
  • have access to expert advice
  • get introductions to publishers and potential partners and clients

What will it cover?

Accelerate will deliver content tailored to the needs of each cohort, this will include: 

Accelerate: Game Developers

For early stage games developers looking to grow their business knowledge and find partners to fund and take their game to market 

Sessions TBC

Accelerate: Games Tech and Services

For early-stage businesses who are creating technology or a service whose main purpose is to support games companies

Sessions TBC

 

What would you need to commit to? 

We would expect you to commit to attending all workshops and training sessions over the course of three months 

You will also have to build in time for two hours of one to one business coaching and a little potential preparation work between the workshops 

Where will the workshops be held? 

All workshops will be delivered remotely and online. We may arrange cohort face to face meet ups, covid restrictions permitting. 

** APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED ** 

Applications for Accelerate: Game Developers closed on 1st December 2021 at 9am. If you have any questions about your application, please contact Sarah Jones by emailing creativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk

Accelerate: Game Developer and Accelerate: Games Tech and Services are part of Creative Enterprise, which has been developed with National Lottery funding from the BFI to make the moving image sector sustainable through creating new business opportunities through training, mentoring and building of networks, whilst growing and scaling existing businesses.