Creative Enterprise is excited to introduce the Female Founders programme, an exclusive and highly-coveted initiative tailored to ambitious female founders operating screen-based enterprises.
Despite the recent rise in female-led companies, women in business continue to face certain disparities compared to their male counterparts. In response, this programme has been meticulously crafted to empower female entrepreneurs by imparting essential skills and bolstering their confidence, thereby facilitating business expansion.
By nurturing a dynamic and diverse cohort of female business leaders across regions, this exceptional initiative serves as a distinctive opportunity for screen-based businesses led by women who aspire to achieve remarkable growth.
The programme is for companies led by women or those who identify as women, working in moving image for storytelling, spanning film and television, games and technology*. Companies should be registered and trading in the England, have some proven success and be ready to take their business to the next level.
*We can support applicants working in branded content, if the company retain the IP rights of the content they produce, or are actively looking to move away from commercial work and form a creative arm of the business.
We are aiming for a balanced regional representation across England with at least 80% of businesses coming from the regions outside of London.
Female Founders Scale Up will deliver a series of intense workshops and holistic business coaching sessions with proven industry leaders over six months where companies taking part in the programme will:
Discover the captivating journeys that celebrates the brilliance and determination of entrepreneurial women in the UK screen industry landscape. Join us as we delve into the stories of trailblazing female founders, illuminating their inspiring experience to success and the invaluable insights they share along the way.
Deadline for Applications was Monday 25th September 2023.
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The Female Founders programme is only available to female led screen businesses based in England working in or with narrative storytelling.
You will need to show that your business has the potential and ambition to scale up. To be considered for the programme, companies must:
Deadline for Applications is Monday 25th September 2023.
The fee for participation in the programme is £250 per company.
Creative Enterprise is a BFI Lottery funded programme – overall, the support including group learning sessions, coaching and personalised mentoring you receive during the Female Founders programme is valued at over £5,000 per person. There is also a bursary (contribution towards travel and accommodation) available for in-person sessions if needed.
If you feel like this fee is a significant barrier to your participation in the programme, please speak to Creative Enterprise team to discuss options.
(workshop dates are fixed and you must be able to attend, 121 coaching sessions are to be made at a time suitable for both you and your mentor) –
In person session (Location TBC) – 14th November 2023
Online session – 12th + 13th December
Online session 16th + 17th January
Online session 6th + 7th February
Online session – 12th + 13th March
In person session (Location TBC) – 16th April (all day)
Online session – 30th April + 1st May
In person sessions will be decided once we know where the cohort is based and will be a central location. Subsistence contributions are available to help those who need it for travel to access in person sessions. These funds are limited and are at the discretion of Creative Enterprise.
Participants will take part in:
The workshops are intended to give you an overview of the subject matter in question. You will hear from industry experts as well as other company founders in the cohort, learning from their experiences.
The 1-2-1 coaching supports you to apply the right thinking and models for your business growth
Broad topics will include:
Planning for growth
Finance & investment
Confidence & Self promotion
At the end of the Female Founders programme you will –
If you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements prior to applying for the programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Female Founders programme is part of Creative Enterprise, which has been developed with National Lottery funding from the BFI, to increase the sustainability of the moving image sector by optimising business opportunities through connections, training, expert advice and strategy support.