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What is Female Founders Scale Up?

Recent studies show that numbers of female-led companies are on the rise, yet women in business are still at a disadvantage to their male counterparts.

Female Founders Scale Up is a dedicated and prestigious programme for ambitious female founders of screen-based companies. The programme will equip female entrepreneurs with the skills and confidence to scale their business and form a cohort of female business leaders across the regions. This is a unique proposition for female-led screen-businesses with ambition to grow.

Female Founders Scale Up will deliver a series of intense workshops and business coaching sessions over six months where companies taking part in the programme will:

  • Create and complete a comprehensive plan to scale their businesses
  • Get expert advice on business planning, funding and finance, taking their businesses to market, decision making and how to structure teams and hire the right talent
  • Gain a greater understanding of revenue models, profitability and IP monetisation
  • Learn directly from and build their network with proven industry leaders
  • Get access to additional funding to develop their business plans
  • Receive one to one business coaching throughout the programme
  • Have the opportunity for further focussed mentoring

“I believe that in the future, I will attribute the time I spent [on the programme] to have been a transformative and defining moment in my career. I walked away from the workshops with confidence, a deeper understanding of the creative economy and my place in it and with an all-important plan of action, and a mentor I’m thrilled with to help me implement it. I’m excited about the future thanks to this opportunity.” Hayley Pepler, Managing Director and Head of Production at Chatterbox Creations

Who is it for?
The programme is for female led companies working in moving image for storytelling, spanning film and television, games and technology. Companies should be based in the English regions outside of London, have some proven success and be ready to take their business to the next level.

You will need to show that your business has the potential and ambition to scale up. To be considered for the programme, companies must:

  • Have successfully created a revenue generating product, reached a market/audience of scale or launched a new platform/ tech service that has enabled storytelling through moving image.
  • You must have employed a minimum of 5 people (including yourself) at some point in the 2 years prior to lockdown (March 2020) either in full-time or FTE roles.
  • Have generated a sales revenue in the last 2 years in addition to any funding secured via grants, investment etc.
  • Be committed to the long term development of your company

How to apply

Please read the full programme guidelines before submitting your application.

Applications close on midday Thursday 29th October.

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.

The Female Founders Scale Up programme is part of Creative Enterprise, which has been developed with National Lottery funding from the BFI, to increase the sustainability of the moving image sector by optimising business opportunities through connections, training, expert advice and strategy support.

We are happy to be partnered with MediaZoo for the Female Founders programme.