Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Creative England & Barclays Eagle Lab - Flight applications open now

Applications are now open for the Creative England and Barclays Eagle Lab - Flight, full details below:


Applications now open for Creative England & Barclays Eagle Lab - Flight


Last week we announced a new partnership with Barclays that focuses on boosting fast-growing, creative technology businesses. Applications are now open! 

The launch in Brighton last week was a huge success, with speeches from Sarah Ellis (Royal Shakespeare Company), Adam Rowse and David Shepherd (Barclays), Dan Pinchbeck (The Chinese Room) and Dawn Paine (Creative England).

Our new twelve-week accelerator is a unique opportunity for creative technology SMEs who are looking to scale up. Companies will get the support and help they need early on in their business life-cycle through workshops, masterclasses and mentor programmes, gaining invaluable experience and insights. ‘
Barclays’ Eagle Lab – Flight’ will be led by Creative England and implemented through Barclays’ successful Eagle Labs programme.

The programme will offer eight investments of £25,000 to creative tech and digital companies with an interesting product to market, as well as 3 months of business support which includes mentoring from high profile speakers, business advice and networking.
The deadline to 
apply is the end of this month so make sure to get your applications in and spread the word to relevant companies!

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture said: 
“This government is committed to backing the success of the UK’s creative industries as design and digital capability will be at the heart of the future economy. This great initiative from Creative England and Barclays will help deliver vital knowledge and skills to businesses in this sector and ultimately boost the number of UK scale-ups. I'd urge any creative business wanting to expand and grow to apply for this scheme.”
Caroline Norbury, CEO Creative England, commented: 
“As recognised in the Autumn Statement, digital is future critical, as is the need to back start-ups to scale up. Our partnership with Barclays and the launch of Barclays’ Eagle Lab – Flight is an important step in our mission to support creative, digital businesses across the country, both driving economic growth and creating high wage, high skill jobs.”

Steven Roberts, MD Strategic Transformation at Barclays said: 

“We are determined to support UK entrepreneurs and enterprise and help to close the UK’s scale-up gap. We are delighted to be the first bank to partner with Creative England – and working together means we can target the creative sector with a solution to help them to grow, and in turn stimulate UK economic growth. Our joint accelerator will be open to any business nationwide, with a focus on the South East.”
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