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Consultation, Creative Industries

Have Your Say – Greater Manchester Culture Strategy

GREATER Manchester is known globally for its significant contribution to culture, which is why the Culture Strategy for the city-region sets out to build on this, and to develop Greater Manchester as the best place in the world to create, participate and engage with culture and heritage.

You can help shape the future of Greater Manchester’s cultural offerings by feeding into the consultation of the draft strategy that has been published today (September 25).

The six-week consultation will inform the development of the plan which provides an opportunity to ensure that culture is relevant, representative and accessible to all of residents of Greater Manchester.

As part of the consultation, an event will be held in each borough of Greater Manchester giving local residents the chance to have their say on the strategy.

 

Creative Industries, Funding, Tech

Venturespring Ignite Programme Open to Boost Scale-up Firms

This is corporate accelerator aiming to match scale-up companies in the UK with various corporate businesses. One tech start-up will be selected to attend a week-long summit at Sir Richard Branon’s Necker Island.

The Venturespring Ignite Programme is a corporate accelerator which aims to match scale-up companies with various corporate businesses. The initiative will act as a growth vehicle to inspire, invest in, and guide start-ups to success. The funder’s vision is to inspire leaders to empower growth-driven start-ups to build a better world and to achieve this vision the funder is ‘bridging the gap’ between start-ups and corporations to empower technology ventures to grow and prosper faster.

The programme is looking for applicants who can solve corporate problems – with special emphasis placed on start-ups working across mobility, lifestyle, media, aerospace, travel, fintech, healthtech, AI, AR, VR and retail.

Venturespring Ignite Startup benefits include:

  • Investment of between $10,000 – $100 million through a corporate and institutional investor network and or fund.
  • Access to investors both corporate and institutional depending on preferences.
  • Access to key corporate executives enabling the participant to navigate large corporate organisations for resources including investment – quickly and effectively.
  • Strategic corporate match making for long term partnership opportunities to help ventures commercialise and gain access to whatever it is that they need.
  • Exclusive access to and deployment of hard-to-reach corporate resources that will allow the venture to move on to the next level.
  • An invitation to a Summit on Necker Island, where the business will have the opportunity to meet with the world’s most successful business leaders
  • An opportunity to hear Summit speakers discuss key trends and the types of corporate resources available to start-ups.

Innovative start-up businesses from across all sectors and individuals who have new ideas and technologies will be eligible to apply. Applicants should be seeking to accelerate their development.

The deadline for applications to be received is 20 December 2018

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Source:  Grantfinder
Awards

Launch of 2019 European Heritage Awards

The annual awards provide financial prizes and public recognition to outstanding initiatives and best practices by either individuals or organisations that contribute to the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage was launched in 2002 by the European Commission as part of the implementation of the Culture Programme. Europa Nostra, the Pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage, was selected to run this awards scheme on the basis of its long experience in publicly recognising, at a European level, individual or joint excellence in the field of Cultural Heritage.

The awards are supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Culture Programme and are granted annually in four categories:

  • Conservation.
  • Research.
  • Dedicated service by individuals or organisations.
  • Education, training and awareness.

 

Entries may be submitted from all countries that take part in the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Entries may be submitted for projects/studies or dedicated service to heritage conservation by anyone closely connected to the entry, as long as permission has been gained from the owner of the building or site/author of the study.

Up to 30 entries throughout Europe will receive a certificate as well as a bronze wall plaque to be put up at the awarded building or heritage site. Up to seven of these will also be awarded a Grand Prize, which includes a monetary award of €10,000.

Entry forms and guidelines for applicants are available for download from the Europa Nostra website.

The 2019 Awards deadline is 15 November 2018.

Awards

Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize 2019 Applications Sought

The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin.

The objectives of the prize are to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, thereby increasing appreciation of different cultures and building understanding between cultures.

The prize consists of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This Prize enables writers to enter from countries where there is little or no publishing industry. Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English. The Prize is intended to unearth and promote the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.

The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).

There will be five winners; one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.

Citizens of Commonwealth countries aged 18 or over may apply.

The deadline for submissions for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is 1 November 2018

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Source: Grantfinder

Awards, Creative Industries, Funding, Funding

Pure Talents Contest 2019 Offers Design Industry Support and Cash Prizes

Fund ID: S43413

The Pure Talents Contest, organised by imm Cologne; one of the largest tradeshows for interior design worldwide, is an award for young

product designers.

Over the last fifteen years 436 products from 482 international designers had been presented in the annual exhibition during imm cologne.

In its sixteenth edition in 2019, again up to 20 designers or designer groups will be invited to Cologne to present their prototypes to the

interior design business in the special exhibition of the Pure Talents Contest.

The product categories are: furniture, home accessories, lighting, flooring, wallpaper and textiles, kitchen and kitchen accessories & smart

home.

All selected designers will receive the label ‘PURE TALENTS CONTEST Nominee’ which can be used for their own communication

purposes. Furthermore, all the designers are invited to Cologne, and imm Cologne grants an individual financial support for travelling and

accommodation of the designers as well as the shipment of the selected products.

From the final Jury the first three winners of the competition are selected and awarded with a prize money of €3,000 for the first prize,

€2,000 for the second prize and €1,000 for the third prize. The award for the LivingKitchen Selection is endowed with a prize money of

€3,000.

The competition is open to design students and designers from around the world that graduated within the last three years. Design teams

are also invited to participate; however, each team may only have a maximum of three members.

Applications must be submitted by 14 September 2018

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Source: Grantfinder