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Creative Futures Register Your Interest

Creative Futures is a gateway between the University and the region's creative industries.

We inspire, educate & incubate on campus and at 1 Mill Street offering space, business support, mentoring and networking to support the growth of creative ideas, enterprises and innovation. 

Do you have a creative business idea?  

Our Creative Futures Accelerator Programme will help graduate businesses become part of the UK’s largest creative cluster outside Greater London. Creative Futures provides an exciting opportunity for business teams to develop their entrepreneurial skills, test, launch and pitch their business ideas and get 6 months of free space and support to develop their creative enterprises in our incubator in Leamington Spa.  


About 1 Mill Street 

1 Mill Street is reimagining co-working with a brand new, purpose built building offering unique and collaborative workspaces for entrepreneurs, start-ups, creatives and businesses. Everything you need to be successful has been purposefully imagined under one roof from 4 best-in-class Event Spaces to a state-of-the art Production Studio, 1 Mill Street is the perfect space to define your future. 

Imagine what your life could look like, 6 months from now with: 
  • A subsided co-working space in central Leamington Spa with 6 months' worth of business support, mentoring and advice to develop and launch your business. This is equivalent to up to £10,000 worth of space and support. 
  • 1-2-1 results coaching to empower you with the monthly focus and accountability you will need to break through your own limitations. 
  • A tailored package of support and agreed milestones to equip your climb towards developing your business. 
  • Exclusive access to the University of Warwick’s experts, mentors and graduate entrepreneurs 
  • Hands on learning through guest speaker talks, events and live interviews. 
  • A strong sense of community with a network of peers who share similar entrepreneurial interests and aspirations. 
  • Pitch practice for the opportunity to present directly to an investor network  
     
Eligibility criteria 
  • You must be a Warwick graduate with motivation and determination to build or start a business which would benefit from being part of the Leamington Spa creative cluster. 
  • Applications can come from individuals (a lead applicant) or teams with a maximum of five co-founders or five team members. 
  • All lead applicants and 50% of the team members must have graduated from University of Warwick in or after July 2016.
  • The business team must be primarily based in the West Midlands during their time on the programme. 
  • We will accept applicants from any degree or discipline who are looking to grow and develop their creative and digital businesses in the West Midlands. 
  • Successful businesses will need to be both creative & digital from various sectors including screen, gaming, VR, AI, performing arts, marketing and events, PR and design businesses.  
  • Each cohort will be made up of a mix of the following business types; 
    • Creative Tech 
    • Creative Products 
    • Creative Production 
    • Creative Content 
       
Keen to find out more? 

Please see the timetable of key dates below. If you believe the fantastic package of support and space in our incubator would be of benefit to you or your creative business, please fill in our Expression of Interest Form below. We will then send you more information and let you know as soon as applications are open. 

For any general enquires about Creative Futures please contact the Creative & Digital Communities Manager, Clare Green; clare.e.green@warwick.ac.uk  

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Dates to Apply 

Important Dates: Every year we have 2 rounds of applications: one in July and one in December. 

Date 

Activity 

13th July 2020 

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10th August – 10th Sept 2020 

Applications Open  

11th Sept 2020 

Applications Close at midday

14th - 16th Sept 2020 

Panel review and evaluate the applications 

16th - 18th Sept 2020 

Applicants are notified by email of the outcome of their application 

23rd Sept 2020 

Successful applicants will attend a digital Pitch-to-Panel session to present their businesses 

24th Sept 2020 

Applicants will be notified by email if the University of Warwick will endorse their business 

28th Sept – 30th Oct 2020 

Virtual tenancy at 1 Mill Street starts with digital coaching, business support and online events  

2nd Nov 2020 

Tenancy starts at 1 Mill Street with blend of digital and face-to-face coaching, business support and events 

*LATE APPLICATIONS: The Warwick Enterprise Team is unable to accept late applications. If you miss the deadline you will need to submit an application to the next application round. 


Hot Desk 

Choose what's right for you! You can either pick a stylish hot desk and work from the collaborative space upstairs and be inspired by like-minded people. Perfect for Individuals, Freelancers and small teams.


Team Office 

Or enjoy the private, Team Office in the creative workspace downstairs. Everything is on hand from super-fast WIFI to the Muse Coffee House. Ideal for teams of 3-5 people.


1Mill Street

Community Benefits

Being part of the 1 Mill Street community, not only will connect you to over a 150 start-up and business owners but you'll have access to all of the following;

  • Super-fast WIFI 
  • Exclusive business and wellness member events 
  • Break out areas to inspire creativity 
  • The Muse Coffee House 
  • 24/7 CCTV security 
  • Meeting rooms and phone booths 
  • Community managers to facilitate collaboration 
  • Printing and scanning facilities 
  • FREE tea and coffee