Educational, North East

Invest in Creative – Newcastle

The third event in our investment series with Creative UK will take place at Barclays Eagle Labs Newcastle on Wednesday 13th March, spotlighting the accelerating creative industries across the region. The event will pool together investors active in the region, those with an interest in better understanding the investment opportunities across the creative industries, as well as a carefully selected group of high-growth creative businesses. The event will highlight the clusters of tech businesses emerging across Newcastle, and hone in of where exactly the opportunities for investors lie.

The running order is set to follow the below:

17.00 – event registration 
17.10 – introduction from UKBAA and Creative UK
17.15 – keynote from Creative UK mentor: Nick Button-Brown – Founder, The Games Angels & Board Member, Ukie
17.25-18.10 – panel discussion covering: the opportunities that exist for investors, how to go about identifying exciting potential deals, as well as painting a picture of the region’s broader createach ecosystem
18.10 – 18.30 – businesses to present their 5 minute pitches
18.30-18.40 – closing words from UKBAA
18.40-20.30 – networking

We are delighted to be joined by a range of Creative UK Ambassadors, meet these creative investors below:

Speakers –

Nick Button-Brown – Founder, The Games Angels & Board Member, Ukie

Damon Bonser – CEO & Founder, British Design Fund

Dawn Dunn – Tech Sector Lead, Invest Newcastle

Matthew Stafford – Co-founder of 9others, an active angel investor and author of ‘Find your 9others

Jordan Dargue – Co-Founder, Lifted Ventures

Carol Bell OBE – Associate Regional Director,


Meet the businesses set to pitch:

JJ Industries: JJ Industries focus on creating high-quality Props and accessories for use in Film & TV with a focus on establishing a Triple-A facility here in the northeast using state-of-the-art techniques & tools.

Living Archive: At Living Archive, their mission is to provide a cutting-edge cloud-based platform that empowers cultural, heritage, and charity organisations to harness the full potential of their audio-visual documentation. They are dedicated to enabling them to seamlessly amplify their stories, successes, and impact, fostering effective communication and the creation of engaging digital legacies.

Skillsplay: SkillsPlay are the team behind BrightGame, a unique platform enabling you to collaborate and create your own Serious Learning Games quickly and cost-effectively.  BrightGames are great for capturing and sharing best practice for use in vocational education, work and advisory.

ToneAlly: ‘ToneAlly’ is the world’s first percussion teaching tool which focuses on the vertical movement of the drum stick. ‘ToneAlly’ trains your drum stroke to follow the correct trajectory, something that would normally take many years of practice to develop.

Viperio: Founded in 2013, Viperio is the leading esports club in the North East of England. Based in Newcastle, we are home to competitive players in leading esport titles, as well as emerging twitch streamers & youtube creators.

Date and time
13 March 2024
17:00 - 20:30
Venue Address

Eagle Labs Newcastle, 3rd Floor, Maybrook House, 27 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5JE

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