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applications are now open.

What is it?

Creative Enterprise: Evolve is a unique nine-month long programme designed by investors 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.

“The Evolve program has given us a very well rounded understanding of the fund raising process. We would not be in the position to raise investment without the knowledge we’ve gained on the Evolve program. The Evolve program has been invaluable in helping us to prepare the business for investment.”

Who is it for?

Led by Creative England and made possibly by funding from the British Film Institute and National Lottery, 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.

What is involved?

The bespoke programme has been designed by investors, and is delivered over a period of nine months through a sequence of one-to-one mentoring sessions, 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 model and initial investment proposition
  • Define – your business growth plan and set your investment goals
  • Craft – designing an investment strategy and helping with its presentation, including pitching practice and presentation design support
  • Connect –soft introductions to appropriate investors, including a pitch presentation showcase

Why apply?

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.

Applications close Wednesday 7th July for the programme to start immediately thereafter. Successful applicants will be invited to join a programme induction day on 15th July, please keep this date free.


Get a taste of Evolve with our upcoming webinar What are investors looking for? Led by Creative Enterprise: Evolve programme lead Tim McSweeney, the session will cover:

  • An overview of the investment landscape – all investors are not created equal
  • How investors approach assessing early-stage to scaling companies
  • What companies can do to increase their chances of success when seeking growth capital

This webinar is suitable for creative industry companies that are beginning to embark on an investment campaign over the next 3 to 6 months to accelerate business growth.

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.

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