Creative Enterprise / Investment

Evolve

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Applications are now closed.

What is it?

Creative Enterprise: Evolve is a unique nine-month long programme designed by investors that prepares high-potential screen businesses for growth capital. Create and perfect your proposal with direct access leading experts and gain exclusive opportunities to engage with investors.

“The Evolve program has given us a very well rounded understanding of the fund raising process. We would not be in the position to raise investment without the knowledge we’ve gained on the Evolve program. The Evolve program has been invaluable in helping us to prepare the business for investment.”

Who is it for?

Led by Creative England and made possible by funding from the British Film Institute and National Lottery, the programme is for high-potential screen-based companies and technology platforms that innovate across video-games, visual effects and animation, immersive media and film and TV.

What is involved?

The bespoke programme has been designed by investors, and is delivered over a period of nine months through a sequence of one-to-one mentoring sessions, peer-to-peer group meetings and pitching platforms to prepare you for your investment round and facilitate investor introductions.

Successful applicants will join a cohort of 20 creative company founders to complete a 4-stage pathway;

  • Diagnostic – a review of your business model and initial investment proposition
  • Define – your business growth plan and set your investment goals
  • Craft – designing an investment strategy and helping with its presentation, including pitching practice and presentation design support
  • Connect –soft introductions to appropriate investors, including a pitch presentation showcase

Why apply?

Applications for Evolve are now closed.Perhaps you’ve not raised investment before and don’t know where to start or you’ve already in the process of raising and you need some help – on this selective programme you will evaluate your business offering, define your investment goals, and connect with experts and investors who can help you take your business forward.

Meet Last Year’s Cohort

Adrift Pictures

Adrift Pictures is a UK based, award winning production company. We’re dedicated to creating engaging stories, specialising in 360° immersive VR experiences and interactive content. Our work has featured in thirty international film festivals, winning five best short film awards, with two more awards in VR. Last year, Adrift partnered with Amaze VR to create four feature length interactive VR experiences – the STN series – now available for purchase. We have partnered with seven international companies including VeeR, HTC, Dark Corner and Amaze VR to enable our work to be visible across the globe in this growing VR market.

Gritty Talent

No grit, no pearl is how the phrase goes. You have to polish and nurture something for it to really shine. That’s our approach to changing the faces and future of creative talent. Created by TV people, for TV people, Gritty Talent is a Bristol based media-tech company, founded on the mission to connect the best creative talent, from all walks of life, with decision-makers in the industry. Our talent team is made up of experienced production people who have cast, sourced and managed on and off-screen talent for decades. We work with channels, production heads, casting teams and emerging talent to understand their needs and objectives, and connect the dots between the two.

Kinicho Limited

Kinicho are using their revolutionary approach to build standard-setting high-performance spatial audio solutions to ensure your end-users have the most realistic spatial audio experience.

Adrift Pictures is a UK based, award winning production company. We’re dedicated to creating engaging stories, specialising in 360° immersive VR experiences and interactive content. Our work has featured in thirty international film festivals, winning five best short film awards, with two more awards in VR. Last year, Adrift partnered with Amaze VR to create four feature length interactive VR experiences – the STN series – now available for purchase. We have partnered with seven international companies including VeeR, HTC, Dark Corner and Amaze VR to enable our work to be visible across the globe in this growing VR market.

No grit, no pearl is how the phrase goes. You have to polish and nurture something for it to really shine. That’s our approach to changing the faces and future of creative talent. Created by TV people, for TV people, Gritty Talent is a Bristol based media-tech company, founded on the mission to connect the best creative talent, from all walks of life, with decision-makers in the industry. Our talent team is made up of experienced production people who have cast, sourced and managed on and off-screen talent for decades. We work with channels, production heads, casting teams and emerging talent to understand their needs and objectives, and connect the dots between the two.

Kinicho are using their revolutionary approach to build standard-setting high-performance spatial audio solutions to ensure your end-users have the most realistic spatial audio experience.

Moonraker VFX

Established in Bristol in 2013, Moonraker, formerly Coffee and TV Bristol, has built a strong local and international reputation with producers and broadcasters creating award winning visual effects content for Television, Film, Commercials, Museums and Visitor attractions. Our Studio in Clifton houses a strong team of the industry’s leading artists who innovate, design and digitally craft visual effects for any screen. Their combined creative and technical talents quite simply create beautiful moving images.

Nemorin Film & Video

Nemorin Film & Video is a pioneering, fast turnaround, full service branded video production agency. We partner with the world’s most exciting media owners, agencies and brands, reaching B2B and B2C audiences globally wherever they are – online, on social, on TV, at events, in store, out of home.

Radical Forge

We started as 2 people making radical stuff to do with video games back in 2017, but now we’re a sharp, adaptive and daring company. Leaping from strength to strength, inspiring the already strong and growing game development hub within the Middlesbrough region. Radical Forge have pushed, grown and succeeded since their formation to become an established name within the game development industry as a place of creativity, innovation and adventure. Handling many projects across multiple platforms including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Oculus Quest, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.

Established in Bristol in 2013, Moonraker, formerly Coffee and TV Bristol, has built a strong local and international reputation with producers and broadcasters creating award winning visual effects content for Television, Film, Commercials, Museums and Visitor attractions. Our Studio in Clifton houses a strong team of the industry’s leading artists who innovate, design and digitally craft visual effects for any screen. Their combined creative and technical talents quite simply create beautiful moving images.

Nemorin Film & Video is a pioneering, fast turnaround, full service branded video production agency. We partner with the world’s most exciting media owners, agencies and brands, reaching B2B and B2C audiences globally wherever they are – online, on social, on TV, at events, in store, out of home.

We started as 2 people making radical stuff to do with video games back in 2017, but now we’re a sharp, adaptive and daring company. Leaping from strength to strength, inspiring the already strong and growing game development hub within the Middlesbrough region. Radical Forge have pushed, grown and succeeded since their formation to become an established name within the game development industry as a place of creativity, innovation and adventure. Handling many projects across multiple platforms including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Oculus Quest, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.

Resource Productions

We aim to diversify the Creative Sector. We achieve this by identifying, supporting and promoting non-traditional artists and filmmakers who might not otherwise consider a career in the sector. Our goal is to develop the skills of a diverse talent pool and prepare each individual to progress on to successful paid employment in the creative industry. From developing individual talent to supporting larger projects ranging from producing a first piece of art, to shooting your first drama, our focus is on producing projects that tell stories from new perspectives not currently seen in the mainstream media or art world.

Stage Screen Limited

StageScreen students are enrolled in one of the following groups depending on their age: Debut (for 6-9-year-olds), Spotlight (for 10-13-year-olds), Encore (for 14-18-year-olds). Each group rotates between rooms in The Performing Arts Centre to spend one hour each week on Comedy and Drama acting; Film and Musical Theatre. Lessons are tailored to each age group allowing students to learn new techniques and skills while also having fun.

To Play For Limited

To Play For is a creative technology company that develops interactive immersive stories on its proprietary AI-powered platform, Charisma.ai. Our mission is to leap-frog existing forms of interactive narratives: to create a new platform for a new form of interactive storytelling. Using Charisma.ai and unique interactive storytelling techniques, we make our characters engaging and believable. Our audiences talk for hours, immersed in this new type of entertainment.

We aim to diversify the Creative Sector. We achieve this by identifying, supporting and promoting non-traditional artists and filmmakers who might not otherwise consider a career in the sector. Our goal is to develop the skills of a diverse talent pool and prepare each individual to progress on to successful paid employment in the creative industry. From developing individual talent to supporting larger projects ranging from producing a first piece of art, to shooting your first drama, our focus is on producing projects that tell stories from new perspectives not currently seen in the mainstream media or art world.

StageScreen students are enrolled in one of the following groups depending on their age: Debut (for 6-9-year-olds), Spotlight (for 10-13-year-olds), Encore (for 14-18-year-olds). Each group rotates between rooms in The Performing Arts Centre to spend one hour each week on Comedy and Drama acting; Film and Musical Theatre. Lessons are tailored to each age group allowing students to learn new techniques and skills while also having fun.

To Play For is a creative technology company that develops interactive immersive stories on its proprietary AI-powered platform, Charisma.ai. Our mission is to leap-frog existing forms of interactive narratives: to create a new platform for a new form of interactive storytelling. Using Charisma.ai and unique interactive storytelling techniques, we make our characters engaging and believable. Our audiences talk for hours, immersed in this new type of entertainment.

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