Digital

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

Applications Invited for New Digital Inclusion Fund

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England to support creative and innovative initiatives designing, researching or delivering digital inclusion programmes with a focus on older and/or disabled people.

The Fund aims to help older and disabled people, who might otherwise not access the internet, to acquire essential digital skills and to demonstrate how digital inclusion can improve their lives and wellbeing. Launched by Citizens Online, with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Fund is intended to support the Digital Strategy, which sets out the Government’s ambition to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

One-year grants of between 50,000 and £200,000 are available to charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises for activities that will benefit people living in England.

Projects should include at least two of the following:

  • New, creative and innovative approaches, which might include reference to the first four Grand Challenges set out in the UK’s Industrial Strategy.
  • The use of public services and enabling digital service transformation, including but not limited to welfare reform and the health agenda.
  • A focus on digitally excluded people living in rural areas.
  • Alignment with, where relevant, the Digital Skills Partnerships.
  • Economic activity by older and/or disabled people, where relevant.
  • Reference to pillars within the Digital Strategy, beyond the obvious focus on digital skills (eg data, digital business and cyber security).
  • Development of any existing activity, where the applicant has evidence that it has been successful, either by exploring ways to make it sustainable or by scaling it up in a cost-effective manner.
  • Learning from a successful engagement activity delivered by the applicant or others, and replicating it with a new audience (eg a different demographic or location).

Supported projects may also have scope to scale up and deliver a wider impact.

Applications can be submitted from 10 September (midday) until 1 October 2018 (midday).

Document type icon Citizens Online – Digital Inclusion Fund

Source: Grantfinder

Competition

WorldLabs Elevating Ideas Competition for Start-ups – Deadline Approaching

Non-dilutive funding for start-ups and innovative ideas from across the world, operating in all fields, with the aim of elevating the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The WorldLabs Elevating Ideas Competition provides funding to start-ups and innovative ideas across all fields, with the aim of elevating the next generation of entrepreneurs. The competition is aimed at a global audience and is appealing to anyone who can showcase their initiative and prove it is promising and sustainable.

The award of £50,000 is designed to give early-stage entrepreneurial ventures help with starting up their operations. There are additional benefits in the competition for all participants, including:

  • Publicity: The project will get a publicity boost on WorldLabs and across all other media channels.
  • Collaboration: Finding the necessary connections and establishing meaningful collaborations. Entrants will get their idea noticed and be part of a network of team-members, co-founders and investors.
  • Advancement: Establishing an idea on Worldlabs will help the venture grow beyond the duration of this competition. The same project will keep exposing the applicant to a network of collaborators, partners, advisors and investors.

To celebrate the end of the competition, WorldLabs is hosting an event in London. It will welcome 600+ entrepreneurs and investors, and over 50+ start-ups exhibiting. The top 10 teams shortlisted from the competition will be invited to pitch in front of a live audience and judges. The winner will be announced on the same day. The event will give entrepreneurs exposure to investment opportunities, mentors collaborators and industry influencers to help elevate their project to the next level.

Applications are accepted from entrepreneurs and start-ups worldwide, regardless of the type of idea and the professional/educational background of the applicant.

https://concoursn.com/worldlabs-elevating-ideas-competition/

The deadline for applications to be received is 22 October 2018

Funding, National

DCMS Announces £1 Million Digital Skills Innovation Fund for Underrepresented People

A new £1 million fund is now open for bids from Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities for initiatives aimed at helping people take up digital roles.

Launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the new Digital Skills Innovation Fund aims to pilot or scale-up innovative programmes that address local or regional digital challenges, while heling people from underrepresented groups gain the skills needed to work in digital roles.

The funding will be used to help women, disabled people, individuals from minority backgrounds or those living in lower socioeconomic areas to succeed in digital fields. This includes data analysts, programmers, cyber security specialists, software developers and marketeers.

The Fund also aims to encourage collaborative working between Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local government, the voluntary sector, youth organisations, charities, employers and training providers to address local skills challenges and share good practice.

The Fund has an overall budget of £1 million available for distribution. Grants of between £200,000 and £500,000 will be available.

Bids are invited from LEPs and Combined Authorities (CAs) in England. LEPs and CAs may submit individual bids or collaborate with other LEPs to put forward bids that cover more than one area. Applications submitted by LEPs should identify a lead Local Authority through which the grant can be awarded.

Minister for Digital, Margot James, said:

“It is crucial everyone is able to take advantage of digital technology, whether it is to learn how to use the internet or develop the skills to work in a tech role.

“If we want to maintain our position as a world-leading digital economy we need to work with industry, local authorities and the voluntary sector to develop solutions so no-one is left behind.”

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on 28 October 2018

The guidance document and application template is available  DCMS – Digital Skills Partnership webpage

Source: Grantfinder

Events

Digital Marketing Masterclass May

Digital Marketing

This masterclass focusses on digital marketing and how you can use it to grow your customer base and improve your profit. The sessions will introduce you to the basic concepts of digital marketing, show you how to get started and introduce you to tips and tricks to increase your impact.

You’ll leave the day with an outline of your digital marketing strategy and key actions to get you started.

Ruth Thomas from Ruby Star Associates will lead you through the masterclass, introducing you to the latest evidence about what really works for businesses and drawing on experience from the thousands of small businesses that the multi-award winning team at Ruby Star Associates have supported to grow and thrive.

This is a highly interactive session which includes evidence-informed facilitation exercises. There is an outline agenda but this will be shaped and varied based on the needs of the businesses at the session. It is useful if you come to the session with a clear idea of what you need to get out of it for your business, so we can adapt the session accordingly.

All participants will receive a workbook with notes, examples, exercises and resources to allow them to continue to develop their learning after the session.

 Agenda
8.30am – 9.00am Arrival

Arrival, registration and refreshments, opportunity to network with other participants.

10.00am –11.00am  

Welcome, Expectations and Key Concepts

Introductions, expectations for the day, setting the scene for the masterclass and introduction to the key concepts for the day

11.00am – 11.30am Short break
11.30am – 12.30pm  

Introduction to the digital marketing

How can we ensure our website looks trustworthy?

What do you need from a website/landing page funnel/essentials (what do you do/why should I care/how can I trust you/what should I do next)?

Introduction to email marketing and creating campaigns.

12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch and networking
1.30pm – 2.30pm  

Digital Presence audit and building an audience

What are the essentials for your digital presence? How do you find and build an audience?

2.30pm – 3.00pm Short break
3.00pm – 4.00pm  

Digital Marketing Strategy

Working with others (and with input from the facilitator) you’ll devise an outline digital marketing strategy to get you started. There is also time for questions, answers and ideas.

Find out more here.