Tech Investment 

Mastercard has opened the application process for its Start Path Global winter intake. The engagement programme works with startups to help scale their businesses and increase profitability. The six month virtual programme also aims to help startups tackle business problems and introduce them to new opportunities around the globe. 

The No1 Accelerator Programme in the UK, Wayra, is open for applications: The WayraCall is a cross-industry call for any start-up developing innovative digital products, services and technologies that can shape the world we live in.

The Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance ("VRVCA") was formed in 2016 to foster long-term growth in the VR industry through identifying, sharing and investing in the world's most innovative & impactful VR technology and content companies.  VRVCA invest in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed reality startups of any size from anywhere around the world.

Entrepreneurs and startups can now apply be part of the first ever UK-based venture program from R/GA Ventures launched in collaboration with Innovate UK. Applications are open to the"next generation of entrepreneurs and startups" and the program is specifically looking for new and emerging technologies in all areas of IoT.

Barclays Fintech Accelerator Programme in partnership with Techstars An intensive 13-week programme that includes: Introductions and guidance from key decision makers at Barclays, mentoring, up to $120,000 investment from Techstars, access to technical expertise in a collaborative community working space, the opportunity to pitch your business to the influential tech community. 

Catapults - technology and innovation centres

Over the last 9 years Innovate UK have built up a network of Catapults. These are technology and innovation centres that bridge the gap between universities and businesses. Catapults help businesses undertake late-stage R&D and commercialise traditional academic research. The Catapult for this sector is the Digital Catapult - helping to grow the UK's digital economy. 

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Digital & Creative Industries

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Digital & Creative Industries

The Solent Economy supports nearly 5,000 Creative Businesses employing around 20,000 with a further 20,000 creative jobs embedded in advanced engineering, marine, construction and IT amongst other sectors.

The Creative Sector includes Advertising, Architecture, Arts & Antiques, Crafts, Design, Designer Fashion, Video, Film and Photography, Music and the Visual & Performing Arts, Publishing, Software and Electronic Publishing, Digital Entertainment Media, Radio and TV.

Business Support in the Creative and Digital sector

Creative Network South represents organisations in the private, public and education sectors working together to support the development of the creative economy, improving employment, employability and entrepreneurship in the region.  For more information call Charles Freeman 07970 822 380 or email

Creative Skillset is the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK creative industries maintain their world-class position.

Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) supports the creative and cultural sector.

South East Design Forum  is a non-profit organisation, run for and by designers and creatives to provide a forum for commercial designers to share opinions, ideas, inspiration and opportunities.

Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in England showcases the projects supported by the fund, shares their insights and research as well as lots of other stories of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to digital innovation in the arts and cultural sector.  The site has curated a selection of case studies, to showcase some examples of best practice in the use of R&D and digital technology in the arts from around the world. 

European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA) is an open platform that brings together policy-makers and business support practitioners from 28 partner organisations and 12 countries. Its overall aim is to shape a community in Europe that actively supports creative industries as a driver for competitiveness, job creation and structural change by developing and testing better policies and tools for creative industries.  

The Open Data Institute runs a start-up programme that helps start-ups build business models around open data.

Springboard Offers mentor-ledWorkshops to help you masterin-demand skills. Learn online at your own pace. Get mentored by an industryexpert.

Digital Specialists

Government departments and wider public sector organisations use the Digital Marketplace to find and compare suppliers who can help them deliver world-class digital services. If you're a supplier and want to sell to government find out more at Digital Outcomes and Specialists.