Ex-Dragon and serial entrepreneur Doug Richard launches School for Creative Startups

"The creative sector is a powerhouse for the UK's economic growth," says Doug Richard. "The sector provides 2.3 million jobs and contributes £59.2bn to the UK economy. I believe we should celebrate the wealth of world-class creative talent that can be found in the UK."

To achieve this aim, the School for Creative Startups programme will focus on helping 100 new creative businesses start and grow in London over the next year and will shine a light on the creative sector in the UK.

Richard is passionate about re-establishing London as a creative hub in Europe and beyond: "We must remember that London is the home of one of the largest film centres in the world," he says. "Some of the largest and most important fashion schools, design schools, stage schools and post-production centres are based here, not to mention the growing number of web design and digital specialists that are spreading over the capital."

The school is being developed in partnership with the City of Westminster and will open its doors at Hub Westminster in September. The School for Creative Startups is a holistic programme offering creative sector entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive expert training, support and workspace for just £500 for the year.

Entrepreneurs from the following creative sub-sectors are being invited to apply:

  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • the Art and Antiques Market
  • Crafts
  • Design
  • Designer Fashion
  • Film and Video
  • Interactive Leisure Software
  • Music, the Performing Arts
  • Publishing
  • Software and Computer Games
  • Television & Radio

Apply now for the programme at www.schoolforstartups/creative.

What do you get?

School for Creative Startups is a one-year programme. It kicks off with a three and half day bootcamp in London on the 20 September in London. This bootcamp is then succeeded by:-

  • Four mentoring calls - web based calls for all delegates with the opportunity to ask questions and get them answered there and then
  • Four half day workshops with visiting industry experts
  • Four broadcast lessons (on-line) - 'how to' lessons based on requirements and needs discovered by working with all delegates
  • On-going monthly small group sessions for your sector

And includes:

  • Mentor matching service
    • Membership at The Hub Westminster collaborative space
    • Membership to a state of art business planning service

This is all tied up by a two-day bootcamp at the end of the programme on the 11 July 2012.

The course will cover topics such as how to find investors, how to design great products and services, how to implement fast, cost-effective marketing strategies, how to build effective management teams and how to scale a business safely.

School for Creative Startups' overarching mission is to create a vibrant, dynamic culture and economy in the UK that supports and promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism.

Find out more about the School for Creative Startups

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