Invest in Creative Pitch Showcase
The creative industries are highly innovative, rapidly growing and at a contribution of over £115.9bn to the economy, is one of the most exciting industries for investors. Join the DCMS Creative Scale Up Programme partners on 10th November as they spotlight a host of leading creative industries businesses seeking investment to build and grow at the Invest in Creative Pitch Showcase.
Representing the Greater Manchester, West Midlands and West of England regions, investors will hear from a curated group of innovators using creativity to transform how we interact with the world around us. From immersive technologies to games, digital media, film and TV, and streaming platforms – this pitch showcase will spotlight scale-ups from across the creative sector who are blending their creative vision with technological innovation. The pitching businesses are raising investment in the range of £250k-£3m and cover an array of innovative creative technologies.
In addition to hearing how these fantastic creative businesses are shaking up the industry, investors will hear from Sir Peter Bazalgette, creative industry leader, television and broadcast guru, and incredible proponent for the sector, about why this is such an innovative space and the integral role it plays in our economy.
5:00 – Registration & networking with welcome drinks
5:30 – Welcome and opening remarks
5:45 – Keynote: Sir Peter Bazalgette, Non-Executive Chair, ITV
6:00 – Pitch presentations
6:55 – Closing remarks
7:00 – Networking, drinks and canapes
8:00 – Close
Sir Peter Bazalgette
Sir Peter Bazalgette is the non-executive Chair of ITV and Chair of LoveCrafts. Sir Peter is a strong proponent for the creative sector and led an independent review into the UK’s creative industries as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Sir Peter was Chief Creative Officer Endemol from 2004-2007 and is credited for such successes as Ready Steady Cook, Changing Rooms, Ground Force and Big Brother UK.
Creating interactive fitness experiences on an all-new streaming platform, Stardio combines music, entertainment and health and well-being. They leverage the power of technology to reimagine how it’s possible to participate in fitness remotely.
Paus is reimaging the streaming experience by enabling seamless integration between the viewing experience and monetisation. With Paus, fans can stream content anywhere, any time, and reward the creators instantly.
Duelshot is breaking the mould in the games sector, by creating a one-of-a-kind video game mechanic that delivers Play to Earn revenue from every multiplayer match played in their games.
Amschela’s mission is to introduce high-quality affordable accessory products to the ordinary woman that are sustainable, whilst addressing inequities in the luxury fashion industry. Amschela have customers all over the UK and an ever-growing international community.
- VIKA Books
The UK’s first AR publisher, VIKA blur the boundaries between real and virtual formats, creating one of a kind immersive experiences for readers of all ages. VIKA is supercharging the printed page.
- Motion Impossible Ltd.
Motion Impossible (MI) develops remote and semi-autonomous robotic & stabilisation solutions for the video and filming industry. The impressive experience across their team mean they’re ideally positioned to create new, exciting ways to shoot film, TV and 360° VR.
- Calla Ltd
Calla is a ground-breaking brand of fashionable footwear specially designed for women who suffer from common foot conditions. They’ve garnered impressive traction to date, including establishing a customer base in 50+ countries and attracting the attention of a range of household names.
- Engage Hub
Engage Hub is shifting the dial when it comes to digital marketing. Leveraging the power of influencer-led marketing, Engage Hub combines AR, Social Media and E-commerce to provide a seamless experience for users of Instagram, TikTok and SnapChat.
This showcase will be presented in person at the Digital Catapult in London and will welcome investors from across the UK.
This showcase is being presented by UK Business Angels Association and ScaleUp Institute, in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority, The Growth Company, West of England Combined Authority and West Midlands Combined Authority.