Creative Industries

The Innovate UK Business Connect Creative team helps organisations interested in innovation in the Creative Industries to access funding, expert knowledge and to make powerful and diverse connections.

We can help you take the next step by connecting you with the right funding, people and expertise. 

Our people have a deep expertise and work with a wide range of companies who are developing new technologies, platforms, products and solutions that enable the Creative Industries to thrive. These companies are innovating in the areas of production, creation, distribution and sales of creative content. They are improving workflows and ways of doing things, enabling inspiring media and content to be produced and sold across the globe.The kind of Creative industries companies we work with are developing new technologies for use in sectors like Broadcast, Streaming and Film, VFX, Immersive and VR, Games, Live Events. They are utilising technologies such as AI, IoT, Machine Vision, fast 5G and telecoms tech, cybersecurity and online safety technologies, advanced projection and lighting, smart and green fabrication and manufacturing

The Creative Industries team will help you find out about opportunities for the sector including funding. We’ll also support you when applying for funding so you maximise your change for success. We’ll identify partners best suited to your needs from our network of innovators, across sectors and technology areas.

By helping connect organisations and people across all sectors, we help shape the future and build a better and stronger innovation system. 

Click here for open funding opportunities for the Creative Industries.

Our current focus in this area

Helping businesses in England convert their creative potential into creative growth.

The Creative Catalyst is a £30 million programme of phased financial and non-financial activities to provide end to end innovation support for high potential businesses in the creative sector.

Innovate UK Immersive Tech Network brings together industry, researchers and research organisations, the public sector, entrepreneurs, innovators and end-users to support the UK in becoming the global leader in applications of immersive technologies: high-end visualisation, virtual, mixed, and augmented reality, haptics and other sensory interfaces with data.

Empowering UK organisations to harness the power of AI through support and funding, bridging the AI divide for a more productive UK.

Related Opportunities

European Space Agency: Cultural Change for Green Transition

Opens: 28/06/2024 Closes: 19/09/2024

Funding for teams who would like to develop a service related to applications that trigger cultural change by raising awareness on climate change and providing mitigating actions.

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New Innovators in immersive & creative, Coventry and Warwickshire

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered micro and small businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for projects that grow their innovation activities in the immersive and creative industries cluster centred on Coventry and Warwickshire in the West Midlands.

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DCMS Create Growth Fund Competition 3

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered micro, small or medium enterprises in the creative sector, in twelve specified regions of England, can apply for £10k-£30k for innovation projects to grow their business.

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Innovate UK Investor Partnerships: SME round 7

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered SMEs in cancer therapeutics, digital mental health, or creative industries can apply for grant funding alongside private investment from selected investor partners.

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Greening the Screen Development Fund 2024 - Ffilm Cymru

Opens: 20/05/2024 Closes: 28/06/2024

Climate-conscious freelancers and businesses in Wales are invited to apply for up to £50,000 for sustainable net zero solutions and decarbonisation of the screen sector.

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Black Founders Programme in Creative Industries

Opens: 04/06/2024 Closes: 07/07/2024

A 13-week accelerator targeted at pre-seed or seed stage, Black founded companies creating innovative products and services in the creative industry.

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DCMS Create Growth Fund: Competition 3 Q&A

10.00 - 11.00 GMT | Online

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Innovate UK Women in Innovation Awards 2024/25 Briefing Event

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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