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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 eight 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
  • Receive one to one business coaching throughout the programme

“The programme has helped us identify our USP, identify new revenue streams and generally create a strong foundation for attracting clients. More than this it has changed our attitude towards ourselves and consequently how we present ourselves to the world.”

Who is it for?

The programme is for companies led by women or those who identify as women, 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.
*We can support applicants working in branded content, if the company retain the IP rights of the content they produce, or are actively looking to move away from commercial work and form a creative arm of the business.

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 2 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 3 years in addition to any funding secured via grants, investment etc.
  • Be committed to the long term development of your company

> Read up on last year’s cohort here.

Should you have any access or communication requirements relating to our applications and guidance, then please contact the team at creativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk 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.

 

 

Meet Last Year’s Cohort

Awen Productions

Awen is an award-winning film and media production social enterprise set up by three independent filmmakers in 2006 and based in West Cornwall. We make locally distinct, immersive visual journeys. Our collection of films and creative media projects grow out of our deep-rooted interest in the subject matters we investigate through moving image and storytelling. We develop, produce and distribute our films through festivals, events, screenings, independent cinemas, galleries, museums, The Community Channel and digital platforms.

Be The Fox Ltd

We combine our editorial experience with high-end production values to create engaging content for brands’ digital, social and broadcast platforms. Working with pioneering brands with powerful stories to tell, we fearlessly push the boundaries of creative and content production to create stand out work that gets results.

Candour Productions

Candour Productions is a multi-award winning independent production company, based in a beautiful mill on the outskirts of Leeds. Our passion is to make ‘films that make a difference’ and we specialise in hard hitting content on pressing social issues.

Awen is an award-winning film and media production social enterprise set up by three independent filmmakers in 2006 and based in West Cornwall. We make locally distinct, immersive visual journeys. Our collection of films and creative media projects grow out of our deep-rooted interest in the subject matters we investigate through moving image and storytelling. We develop, produce and distribute our films through festivals, events, screenings, independent cinemas, galleries, museums, The Community Channel and digital platforms.

We combine our editorial experience with high-end production values to create engaging content for brands’ digital, social and broadcast platforms. Working with pioneering brands with powerful stories to tell, we fearlessly push the boundaries of creative and content production to create stand out work that gets results.

Candour Productions is a multi-award winning independent production company, based in a beautiful mill on the outskirts of Leeds. Our passion is to make ‘films that make a difference’ and we specialise in hard hitting content on pressing social issues.

Factory Films

Ok. But who are we really? Well, we are storytellers: first and last. Whatever we do we’re always thinking about the story to be told. And there are a thousand ways to tell a tale. That’s what excites us. With extensive experience in all genres of TV and content creation, we’re broad in our approach, but for us, it’s all about the ARTS. We bring our in-depth knowledge from the worlds of factual TV, comedy, education & live performance to the table. And it’s our MISSION to find new ways to reach wider audiences; it’s all we think about, and all we do.

Fettle Animations

We make animation in the hills in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire. We’ve a passion for character animation, strong design and telling great stories. Our animation director is Zane Whittingham. Zane has been an animator for 26 years, working across film, tv and computer games. Kath Shackleton is an animation producer and project manager with over 10 years’ experience. We take on others to work with us on a project by project basis.

Forward Slash Films

Forward slash films makes short films, 360 video and animation for brands and charities.

Ok. But who are we really? Well, we are storytellers: first and last. Whatever we do we’re always thinking about the story to be told. And there are a thousand ways to tell a tale. That’s what excites us. With extensive experience in all genres of TV and content creation, we’re broad in our approach, but for us, it’s all about the ARTS. We bring our in-depth knowledge from the worlds of factual TV, comedy, education & live performance to the table. And it’s our MISSION to find new ways to reach wider audiences; it’s all we think about, and all we do.

We make animation in the hills in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire. We’ve a passion for character animation, strong design and telling great stories. Our animation director is Zane Whittingham. Zane has been an animator for 26 years, working across film, tv and computer games. Kath Shackleton is an animation producer and project manager with over 10 years’ experience. We take on others to work with us on a project by project basis.

Forward slash films makes short films, 360 video and animation for brands and charities.

Peanut and Crumb

Peanut & Crumb is a strategic communications and production company, an intelligence collective of top tier creatives and media experts to tell your story, engage audiences and get results. Founded by BBC broadcaster Katie Derham and BAFTA nominated producer Jane Gerber in 2015, P&C’s awardwinning journalists, directors, producers and media strategists deliver beautifully crafted, relevant content and communications for private, public and third sector clients as well as international broadcasters.

Plug In Media

We are a Brighton-based digital production company, founded in 2003, now with 15 years experience at the forefront of cross-platform production. We have a blended business model that combines original IP development and production, with a digital agency providing interactive development and animation services to companies all over the world. We have an enviable client list that includes some of the biggest names in entertainment, both in the UK and in the USA. Managing Director, Juliet Tzabar and Creative Director, Dom Minns, met whilst working at digital agency, Victoria Real in 2000. It’s here that they first worked together on an interactive project for kids, a BBC website for a CBBC show, called Xchange.

Singer Studios

Singer Studios is a UK-based production company and creative studio that specialises in a new frontier of entertainment. Bringing the next generation of storytelling, Singer Studios is led by award-winning producer Eloise Singer, best known for Billie Piper’s critically acclaimed directing debut Rare Beasts, Express Delivery and upcoming film The Last Rifleman starring Pierce Brosnan.

Peanut & Crumb is a strategic communications and production company, an intelligence collective of top tier creatives and media experts to tell your story, engage audiences and get results. Founded by BBC broadcaster Katie Derham and BAFTA nominated producer Jane Gerber in 2015, P&C’s awardwinning journalists, directors, producers and media strategists deliver beautifully crafted, relevant content and communications for private, public and third sector clients as well as international broadcasters.

We are a Brighton-based digital production company, founded in 2003, now with 15 years experience at the forefront of cross-platform production. We have a blended business model that combines original IP development and production, with a digital agency providing interactive development and animation services to companies all over the world. We have an enviable client list that includes some of the biggest names in entertainment, both in the UK and in the USA. Managing Director, Juliet Tzabar and Creative Director, Dom Minns, met whilst working at digital agency, Victoria Real in 2000. It’s here that they first worked together on an interactive project for kids, a BBC website for a CBBC show, called Xchange.

Singer Studios is a UK-based production company and creative studio that specialises in a new frontier of entertainment. Bringing the next generation of storytelling, Singer Studios is led by award-winning producer Eloise Singer, best known for Billie Piper’s critically acclaimed directing debut Rare Beasts, Express Delivery and upcoming film The Last Rifleman starring Pierce Brosnan.

Story Juice

Story Juice is a globally connected studio specialising in interactive and immersive storytelling and game development. Its multiplatform practice ranges from gaming to performance, narrative design to interactive and immersive experiences, print to digital, fiction to journalism, audio to film, mobile to social, education and heritage to entertainment, AR and MR to VR, and includes integrating platforms in storyworlds.

Story Juice is a globally connected studio specialising in interactive and immersive storytelling and game development. Its multiplatform practice ranges from gaming to performance, narrative design to interactive and immersive experiences, print to digital, fiction to journalism, audio to film, mobile to social, education and heritage to entertainment, AR and MR to VR, and includes integrating platforms in storyworlds.

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