Robert Gordon University has selected 12 entrepreneurs and innovators for its inaugural Creative Accelerator programme.
The Creative Accelerator is part of a wider RGU Innovation agenda. The new initiative, which will run for 12 weeks starting next month, is run by Look Again, in collaboration with RGU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group.
The programme aims to help launch new businesses or take entrepreneurs’ existing concepts to the next level of development and commercialisation. The accelerator will also provide business support, mentoring as well as masterclasses by creative industry leaders.
The chosen creatives cover a range of industries including visual arts, fashion and textiles, design, crafts, broadcasting and performing arts.
Those selected will benefit from training, mentorship and development opportunities. They will also have a work space at the new Look Again project in Aberdeen.
Due to the number and quality of the applications, a further 12 applicants have been selected for the “Accelerator Lite programme”, which will also offer business support.
Head of Gray’s School of Art at RGU, Libby Curtis said: “The exciting new Look Again Creative Accelerator creates fantastic opportunities for our students and graduates alike to develop new skills, knowledge and confidence that will equip them to build sustainable creative businesses.
“This new initiative also promotes the north-east as an increasingly viable location from which to operate as a creative practitioner, helping us attain our goal to attract and retain talent and build our connectivity beyond the region.”
Creative Scotland, the development body for the arts and creative industries in Scotland, also supports the accelerator with funding to provide masterclasses and micro-learning opportunities.
The 12 creative businesses selected for the accelerator programme include:
- Lynne’s Loom – Lynne Mennie
- Autism in Women and Girls through the Arts – Lindsay Gavine
- Gestalt Designs – Andrew Woolhouse
- Creative Me Podcast – Ica Hedlum
- Catherine Park Illustrator – Catherine Park
- Prolong Bags – Lucia Gasparidesova
- Paper Houses Design – Mhairi Allan
- Dancing Along the Borderline – Lynne Shaw
- Science on a Postcard – Heidi Gardner
- Bairns Wares – Debbi McLeod
- The Bread Box – Shae Myles
- Miss E – Elaine Grant
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