creative enterprise: evolve

a unique programme exclusively for high-potential screen businesses to become investor-ready

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applications are now closed.

What is it?

Creative Enterprise: Evolve is a unique programme 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.

Who is it for?

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.

What is involved?

The bespoke programme has been designed by investors, and is delivered over a period of 3 to 6 months through a sequence of one-to-one sessions, combined 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 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

Why apply

“Many screen-businesses struggle to forward plan and are consequently left undercapitalised and unable to achieve their growth potential. We devised Evolve in response to this, working with industry-leading experts to design a rigorous, proven investment readiness programme that places high-potential screen-businesses in front of investors with a scrutinised and crafted proposal to pitch for growth capital. Evolve is a vital programme for driven entrepreneurs who want to realise their business ambitions.”

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

“The programme made us aware of our strengths and weaknesses and by the end we were much more knowledgeable. We knew what investors were looking for. We had become investment ready. We had built relationships. The business was in a better shape due to Evolve, no doubt about it.”

Rebecca Papworth, Managing Director, Can Can Productions


To be eligible to apply you must;

  • be seeking private investment to grow your business
  • be able to demonstrate growth potential
  • have a draft business plan of how you intend to grow using investment
  • have a founding team with a strong track record in the industry
  • have identifiable customers and a proven business model
  • employ a minimum of three full-time people within the business
  • promote the use of storytelling and creativity with your content
  • be a screen-based company or technology platform that operate across videogames, visual effects and animation, immersive media and film and TV
  • be registered in the UK, preferably within the English regions, outside London

Applications close Monday 14th September 2020 for the programme to start in September 2020.

Should you have any access or communication requirements relating to our applications and guidance, then please contact the team at or 0333 023 5240. Subsistence contributions are available to assist with the costs of travel and accessibility of the programme. Funds are limited and at the discretion of Creative England.