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Creative Business Cup UK Winner Announced

We're excited to reveal the UK winner for the 2015 Creative Business Cup, naming MakerClub from East Sussex the country’s representative for the international final in Copenhagen during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Creative Business Cup is an international initiative that aims to strengthen the business skills of entrepreneurs within the global creative industries. The event brings worldwide creativity together to promote talented individuals, entrepreneurship and businesses that can set an example for other startups in the creative industries all around the world. 

Jim Farmery, Director of Regional Partnerships at Creative England said: 

“Creative England is always looking for new ways to discover and nurture creative talent in the UK and we are proud to once again be involved in championing English entrepreneurship through the Creative Business Cup. 

“MakerClub have shown real innovation and creative vision and we are happy to announce them as winners of the first stage. To be able to support British creative businesses on a global scale is a significant opportunity and the CBC initiative is a fantastic chance to encourage the growth and success of our world-leading creative industries.”

MakerClub creates products and services that get young people excited about design, coding and hardware development. They use 3D printed robotics, Bluetooth enabled microcontrollers and a browser based learning tool along with mobile apps to create a platform capable of limitless invention and discovery. Hands-on experience that turns complex technical ideas into creative problems for users to solve is the key to MakerClub’s approach to teaching programming.

Simon Riley, CEO at MakerClub said: 

"The UK is one of the most creative and innovative countries in the world, so for us to be recognised amongst such a high calibre of competitors is a real privilege. We can’t wait to see what the global competition in November brings!” 

Creative England will send MakerClub to be put forward for the title of Best Creative Entrepreneur at the Global Award show from 17th – 18th November 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Last year, a cash prize of $20,000 (USD) was up for grabs for first place, plus enrollment on the SoftLayer Catalyst StartUp Programme and a VIP experience at the Global Entrepreneur Congress (GEC) in Milan in March 2015. The second place prize was $10,000 and third place, $5,000 (USD). was the winner of the UK round for 2014, find out more about the Manchester-based creative sharing platform by reading our interview with company founder Stuart Logan.

With this year’s prizes still to be confirmed, the summit also includes additional opportunities to win through a series of innovation challenges such as: the Arla Food Innovation Prize, Smart Sustainable Living, Cultiva Play & Learn, the Interactive Prize, the SoftLayer Catalyst StartUp Programme and the Next Step Challenge Programme.

For more information on how Creative England can assist emerging creative businesses, visit our Business page.

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