Creative Enterprise: Investment Readiness Programme is designed to equip screen companies with the necessary tools and knowledge for securing various forms of investment, ranging from equity to debt and grants. Our comprehensive program aims to foster a deeper understanding of each investment type, empowering companies to shape a robust investment strategy and optimise their funding requests.
We will empower you and your business to feel confident about the investment journey, and to better communicate the opportunity to the investment community. We will also engage with investors already investing in the sector and with those interested in new investment opportunities; we will educate them about the investment opportunities within the creative sectors and will facilitate introductions.
Our programme is about language and landscape; what is SEIS? what is a term sheet? what is a good leaver versus a bad leaver? We’ll help to demystify the language around investment and also the landscape – giving you a better understanding of the whole process and how it might work for you and your company.
We provide companies with a clearer understanding of each type of investment and help them shape their investment strategy and get their ’ask’ right.
We help creative businesses and investors better understand the other – so that both sides are better informed about what the other is looking for from an investment opportunity
We’ll run a series of virtual and in person workshops covering topics around investment (Financial forecasting, legal process and due diligence, exit strategies etc..)
Crucially, you’ll be matched to a mentor who will work with you intensively over the programme to shape your investment strategy, your deck and your pitch.
We’ll introduce you to investors and we’ll run virtual and in person pitch events.
We’ll work closely with the Creative UK Investment Team and also the UK Business Angels Association.
The usual outputs include:
At the end of the programme you should:
Huey Games are a beneficiary of our Investment Readiness programme (as well as our Scale Up) programme. Here, the CEO Rob Hewson talks about their journey to investment and how our Investment Readiness programme (previously called Evolve) has helped them reach their goals.
Fallen Planet Studios is an independent development studio based in Southport whose primary focus is the creation of immersive games and experiences for Virtual Reality.
Founder Diana Ellis-Hill took part in Female Founders with her existing Production Studio ‘Be the Fox’ (which she co-founded with Meg Price). During her time on the programme, she was introduced to Sara Strickland cofounder of marketing agency Suited and Booted. Together, alongside co-Founder Chris Kemp, all four combined together to set up Tonba in 2021.
The fee for participation in the programme is £300 + VAT 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 Investment Readiness 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.
The Investment Readiness programme is only available to screen businesses based in England working in or with narrative storytelling.
Note: There is a possibility to self-fund a place for companies outside of England – please get in touch with us to discuss email@example.com
Open applications: 8th January 2024
Close applications: 16th February 5pm
Diagnostics: 26th Feb – 21st March
17th April: Kick-off face to face meeting:
22nd April: Mentoring kick-off
1st May 10am – 12pm – Investment – Virtual Workshop
15th May – SEIS/EIS -Everything you need to know
22nd May – EBITDA and Financial Forecasting – Virtual Workshop
19th June – Legal Process and DD – Virtual Workshop
Wednesday 3rd July – Midpoint In-Person Pitching Event in London (this includes networking with wider Creative Enterprise cohorts in evening)
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11th Sept – In-Person Workshop You’ve raised investment – now what? (Governance, Board advice) and exit strategies
19th Sept – Virtual Pitching
25th Sept, 2nd Oct and 9th Oct – Investor dinners
16/17th Oct – Final Pitching Event
23rd Oct – Final group session
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As a part of our commitment to bringing screen companies closer to investment, we’re also engaging with investors of different levels to create awareness of investing in the Creative Industries. Currently we’re running a number of events across the country with our partners. If you are an investor and would like to find out more about investing in Creative Industries, check out some of the events below:
Should you have any access or communication requirements relating to our applications and guidance, then please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0333 023 5240. Subsistence contributions are available to assist with the costs of travel and accessibility of the programme. Funds are limited and at the discretion of Creative England.
If you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements prior to applying, please get in touch with Creative Enterprise Team at email@example.com.