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Create Growth – Accelerating Growth of East Midlands Creative Businesses

EMC2 are excited to announce that Cohort 3 for the East Midlands Create Growth Creative Consortium is now open for submissions…

But wait, there’s more! Alongside Cohort 3, you also can apply for the DCMS Create Growth Programme Competition 3 grant. Additionally, they’re offering a series of webinars aimed at equipping you with the necessary knowledge and skills for success in the creative industry.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Accelerating growth of East Midlands creative businesses.


Sign Up

Fully-funded places are filling up fast.

DCMS Create Growth is a £1.3m scheme open to creative businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire; Derby and Derbyshire; Lincoln, Greater Lincolnshire, and Rutland.

Sign up and get:

✅ 1-1 mentoring

✅ Peer networking

✅ Tailored masterclasses

✅ Investment readiness workshops

Cohort 3 is kicking off in May – time is running out to secure a spot.

No room in the diary before summer? Don’t worry, cohorts 4 and 5 start in September and October.

Interested? Find out more and sign up here ➡️


DCMS Create Growth Programme Competition 3

Competition opens: Tuesday 7 May 2024

Competition closes: Wednesday 19 June 2024 11:00am


DCMS Create Growth Fund: Competition 3 Briefing

Date: 10 May 2024 10.00 – 12.00

Link: DCMS Create Growth Fund: Competition 3 Briefing – Innovate UK Business Connect (


Are you an SME or start-up business in the creative sector looking to protect your Intellectual Property?

We’ve got you covered!

Join us for our upcoming webinar with the Intellectual Property Office delivered as part of the EMC² partnership.

📅 Tuesday 14 May

⏰ 10am – 12noon

It will explore various types of IP including

🔸 Trademarks

🔸 Copyrights

🔸 Patents

🔸 IP abroad

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how to protect your IP and create growth for your business.

Register here ▶️

Writing winning grant applications webinar

✍️Want to write winning grant applications?

Sign up now for our next workshop for creative companies.

Delivered by Ellen O’Hara, the 2-hour free session will provide a step-by-step process of writing winning grant applications.

Get top tips on how to:

🔹️Research and pinpoint the perfect grant opportunities

🔹Clearly communicate your ideas and make a compelling case to funders

🔹Develop project plans and budgets that give funders confidence

Offered by EMC2 as part of the £1.3m Create Growth DCMS programme, the webinar takes place on:

📅 Monday 20 May

⏰ 10am – 12noon

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