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The Programme

Creative Enterprise Evolve is a unique programme developed in partnership with Creative England, British Film Institute and UKBAA to showcase the incredible investment opportunities offered by UK screen-focused businesses.

In the UK, the creative industries contribute £111.7b GVA to the economy, with over £8bn of that attributed to businesses from the creative screen-based sub sectors, yet despite this immense contribution, creative industries remain an extremely undeserved area for early stage investment.

In this programme, we seek to identify the key barriers and myths that are standing in the way of investors engaging with the creative industries. By taking a deep-dive into the creative screen-based space, the investors stream of Creative Enterprise Evolves will unveil the budding opportunities awaiting angels and take them on a journey to discover what AR/VR, animation, games, high-end and children’s TV, film and content creation have to offer.

Continuing from our 2019-2020 programme of work to increase awareness of the investment potential of the sector, highlight the impressive success stories and pinpoint market gaps, Creative Enterprise Evolve seeks to showcase the high growth potential in storytelling.

For Investors

Creative Enterprise Evolve is multifaceted investment programme designed for investors to highlight the budding  opportunities offered by creative screen-focused businesses. In this unique programme, we seek to increase access to valuable information and resources for angels, highlight the high-growth success stories in the sector and offer ongoing support to angels seeking to back innovative storytellers.

Looking at the creative industries with a view on the impressive screen-based sector, we are introduced to an array of sub sectors that offer incredible opportunities for investors. Throughout this 8 month programme, we will unpick what each of the following sub-sectors offer and how angels can engage with leading businesses:

  • AR and VR
  • Animation
  • Games
  • High-end and Children’s TV
  • Media

Round table discussions create the perfect platform for knowledge sharing, open discussion and networking, which is key to increased engagement in this space. Throughout the Creative Enterprise Evolve Programme, we will be hosting a series of round table events that highlight our key sub-sector focus areas, where leading experts and investors will be invited to share their experiences and insights with our investment community.

  • Have questions about how you can lend you experience to an animation start-up?
  • Curious about the return on investment when backing a games company?
  • Simply want to learn more about the creative industries?

To help us understand what are the barriers and opportunities for investing in the creative sub-sectors of screen-focused businesses, we carried out a survey among our community. The results presented an interesting temperature reading on the appetite to invest in the sector, showcasing that despite only a small proportion of angel investment going into this space, there is a desire for more access to market intelligence and access to investment ready businesses.

The Angels Perspective

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Investor Ambassadors

Fiona Dent

Fiona Dent
CEO, Makerversity

Gina King
Head of Network, Rooks Nest Ventures

Ian Livingstone
Co-founding Partner, Hiro Capital

James McClurg
Director, Investments & Partnerships, Sky Ventures

“There are significant untapped opportunities for investors to back creative entrepreneurs who are building innovative screen focused businesses across the UK. Yet many of these businesses have lacked access to the risk capital they need to achieve their growth ambitions. We are therefore, delighted to be continuing our work with Creative England and the BFI to enable many more angels and early stage investors to connect with investment ready businesses in this sector, and increase the pool of capital available to many more scaling businesses in this sector “

Jenny Tooth, OBE, Chief Executive, UK Business Angels Association

Investor Articles and Resources

Investor Ambassador Interview: Ian Livingstone
Co-founding Partner, Hiro Capital

Fireside Chat with Mehjabeen Patrick
CFO & COO, Creative England

Investing in Innovation & Creativity
Investor Round Table

Update on Evolve 2019 Cohort Business
Treehouse Digital

Creative Enterprise Evolve: Exploring the UK Animation Sector Investor Round Table

Investor Ambassador Interview: James McClurg,
Startup Investments & Partnerships, Sky (Venture Capital)

Investor Ambassador Interview: Gina King,

Partner & SVP of Operations and Community, Supernode Global

The incredible growth of the animation sector: in conversation with Animation UK’s Kate O’Connor, Animation UK Executive Chair

For Creative Founders

Led by Creative England in partnership with the British Film Institute and UK Business Angels Association, 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.

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.

Creative Enterprise: Evolve is a unique programme that prepares high-potential screen businesses for growth capital.

The bespoke programme takes 20 companies from across the English regions to engage in 4-stage pathway to investment readiness, including a series of one-to-one sessions, investor introductions, pitching platforms and combined peer-to-peer group meetings to challenge and prepare companies for further investment and growth.

The journey:

  • Diagnostic – a review of your business offer and future plan
  • Define – your growth plan and set your investment goals
  • Propose – build your investment strategy and deck
  • Connect –soft introductions to investors and pitch presentation showcase

“As demand for content from audiences around the globe continues to grow, screen-businesses can offer high-potential investment opportunities, but many investors feel they don’t have the industry expertise to take advantage of the opportunity. Creative England has partnered with UKBAA to collaborate on our Evolve programme and work with angel investors to share market insights, increase their understanding of the sector and connect them to ambitious businesses who are ready for investment.”

Mehjabeen Patrick, CFO/COO, Creative England & Creative Industries Federation

To find out more about how to get involved with the Creative Enterprise Evolve progamme

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