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Connect: Design Thinking for Audience Development

The Audience Agency and Goldsmiths University are launching a pioneering new programme as part of a European partnership funded by Erasmus +

“This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a free professional development programme co-created with some of Europe’s leading audience development thinkers and practitioners. It takes a very experiential approach to learning for those of us who prefer to learn-by-doing and introduces some of the best new ideas from the wider creative industries to help us evolve our engagement practice. Help us to shape this programme for the wider sector next year.”

Anne Torreggiani, The Audience Agency CEO

This ‘twin track’ programme brings culture professionals and post-graduate students together to develop and test strategic approaches to audience development, including an introduction to user-centred service design and action research. It consists of 7 one-day modules at Goldsmith’s College, London, combined with in-organisation development of an action research project. Participating organisations will host students on internships and all participants will be supported by an independent mentor. On completion of the programme, participants will receive a professional certificate from Goldsmith’s University.

Deadline for applications  15 October 2018

For more information

https://bit.ly/2xhp8tA

 

Source: Audience Agency

 

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

Document type icon Application Page

Source:  Grantfinder
Funding

Start-Up Series Open for New Equity Investment Round

The Start-Up Series is a seed funding competition, offering equity investment opportunities to UK businesses. The competition aims to identify the country’s brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to each qualify for one of 24 planned seed investments from a total of £3.6 million in equity funding.

Each month, one business will be chosen to receive up to £150,000 of seed funding. Supported start-ups will be required to give away equity in exchange for investment. In addition, Worth Capital will receive a 7% share option in the funded business.

The additional benefits of applying for this competition are as follows:

  • Support: Each winner will have support from Worth Capital via an experienced director.
  • Media coverage: Winning a high-profile competition and the exposure that generates is beneficial when talking to customers, potential employees and future investors.

The Start-Up Series is open to early-stage consumer businesses in the UK that are creating new products or services, or new ways to buy them.

Business owners must be in a position where they are looking to receive funding from investors in exchange for equity in their business. Because the fund will be for SEIS investments, the business needs to satisfy the following criteria set by HMRC:

  • The business must be UK-based and the applicant must be a UK resident over 18 years old at the time of entry.
  • The business must have been trading for less than 21 months and have less than £200,000 in gross assets (so as to qualify for SEIS-funding).
  • The business must employ fewer than 25 staff.

Entries for the competition will be accepted on a monthly basis.

The deadline for the current application window is Friday 14 September 2018

Document type icon Startups website – The Start-Up Series

Source: Grantfinder

Events

Cyber Resilience Week

 

The UK is a leader in digital transformation. Yet the way we’ve transformed the work we do, business, interactions with public services and communication with each other is increasingly vulnerable. Our personal, organisational and national ability to be more effective in detecting, managing and responding to cyberattacks that threaten this transformation will be critical in enabling our continued growth and innovation.

There are multiple events happening from 11-15 September across the UK which aim to inform and advise you on the latest Cyber Security. So check out the programme of conferences, salons, workshops and online events, and why not get involved to help build a resilient culture where more people have the confidence to talk about and share their cyber experiences.

Have you signed up for any events yet? Find the full program of events and more information here:
http://digileaders.com/cyber-resilience-week/

Events

Tendering Masterclass June

Date: 13th June 2017
Location: Central Manchester
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Theme: Business Strategy, Open new markets & Export, Start a business

Topics covered:

  • Find opportunities to bid in public/private sectors
  • ‘Qualify’ opportunities; building sound business cases
  • Recognise ‘golden rules’ of bidding ensuring bid process is managed in efficient and effective way
  • Understand what it takes to create a winning bid, not merely a compliant one
  • Identify business’s strengths, weaknesses, selling points
  • Begin to create a ‘knowledge base’

Business benefits will include:

  • Increased win rates; therefore business growth
  • Ability to manage processes and bid contributors to ensure the best possible bid/proposal is submitted on time, every time
  • Building of new skills; reaping the benefits of personal and professional development.

Agenda

09:30 Registration

10:00 Class Start

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (Provided)

16:00 Class Closed

For more information please see here.