Creative Catalyst

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.

About the programme

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £10 million in innovation projects in this phase of the programme.

The aim of this programme is to scale up innovation within the creative industries by providing a package of targeted and continuous support to help businesses to grow.

The most recent funding round closed on 15 February 2023.

Creative Industries 2021

The UK is a global leader in the creative industries, which adds £116 billion to the UK economy each year. Watch highlights from Innovate UK’s £2.5 million Creative Industries Fund 2021 Success Stories.


  • Business growth support
  • Creative mentor networks
  • Investor accelerator funding
  • Inward investment programmes
  • Open innovation challenges
  • Research facilities

Who can apply?

UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative industries can apply for funding up to £50,000 to grow their business.

Watch the Creative Catalyst Briefing event

The Catalyst funding grant opened on 5th December 2022

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Testimonials from Creative Industries Pilot 2022

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