Creative England and Barclays launch creative tech accelerator

12-week programme will provide masterclasses and mentorship to “unlock creativity" and help creative tech start-ups scale

The UK’s creative technology sector is to receive a boost in the form of a new accelerator launched by Barclays in partnership with Creative England.

Creative tech start-ups can now apply for the Barclays Eagle Lab – Flight programme, which will give successful companies 12 weeks of workshops, masterclasses and mentorship to help “unlock creativity” and scale up.

Running from 6 March to 26 May 2017 in Brighton – which came 12th in the Start-up Cities Index – the accelerator will cover subjects including business planning, sustainability, leadership, culture, global impacts & markets and audiences & evaluation.

The programme will look to invest in eight start-ups, with a focus on apps, ‘gamification’, Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 3D modelling, as well as companies applying technology to sectors not seen as traditionally digital, like healthcare or tourism.

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, commented: “Our partnership with Barclays and the launch of Barclays’ Eagle Lab – Flight is an important step in our mission to support creative, digital businesses across the country, both driving economic growth and creating high wage, high skill jobs.”

Steven Roberts, managing director of strategic transformation at Barclays, said:

“We are determined to support UK entrepreneurs and enterprise and help to close the UK’s scale-up gap. We are delighted to be the first bank to partner with Creative England – and working together means we can target the creative sector with a solution to help them to grow, and in turn stimulate UK economic growth.”

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Applications close on December 31. Apply here.


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