Leicester Creative Start-up Residence

Leicester Castle Business School, in conjunction with strategic partners in Leicester, will be offering a 9-months residency to one successful creative graduate to set-up a new creative business in Leicester. The residency, with a combined package of support of £10,000, will commence in September/October 2018. 

The package of support comprises:

  • £2,500 cash contribution from De Montfort University (Leicester Castle Business School)
  • £2,500 in-kind contribution from the LCB Depot, comprising 9-months of free office space
  • £5,000 in-kind contribution from Leicester’s Business Growth Team, comprising business mentoring support

The successful candidate will be managed on a day-to-day basis by Leicester’s Business Growth Team. The financial award of the residency will be based on successful start-up performance and managed by the Leicester Creative Start-Up Group.

What is a Residency?

Rachel Granger is happy to announce the first open call for the 2018 creative start-up residency programme. Leicester is a city known for its vibrant creative culture and known nationally, as an influential creative hub. In awarding a residency to one creative graduate at De Montfort University, the intention is to empower a talented graduate to spend 9 months on a personal creative journey, which will lead to a professional career in the creative industries, and a sustainable business.

Leicester Cultural Quarter has so much to offer people embarking on creative careers and it seems only fitting that the residency should be at the heart of this vibrant community. Our intention is to provide the hands-on support that individuals need to become successful in the creative industries, starting with practical postgraduate training in the creative industries and leading to a follow-up residency that places graduates at the heart of the creative industries. The residency provides the space and support to enable creative graduates to individually flourish whilst also continuing to learn from the close interaction with experts in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.

As Rachel Granger, Programme Lead for Creative Industries at Leicester Castle Business School states: Leicester Castle Business School has a reputation for being proactive and innovative, and this exciting residency, which is the first of its kind in the city and in universities, will amount to a 21-months combined learning programme in Leicester for the very best creative graduate, and an invaluable opportunity to realise a business goal for those with ambition to succeed in their field.

Applications and Eligibility

The Leicester Creative Start-Up Residency will award a combined prize worth £10,000 to one successful student. The residence provides the space, access to expertise, and financial support needed to support a new start-up in the creative industries. For 2018, eligible programmes from which a student is invited to apply for a prize are: MSc Business Management of the Creative Industries and MSc Creative Enterprise. Any student from these programmes are eligible to apply but must be eligible to stay in Leicester following graduation, in order to take up the residency and develop a new start-up in the city.

The application process for the residency will commence in July 2018 and the residency will commence in October 2018.

Enquiries in the first instance can be directed to Rachel Granger - Rachel.granger@dmu.ac.uk 

LCBS_Application_CreativeScholarship (Word Doc)

CreativeScholarship_2018_Flyer (pdf)

The Deadline for submission on an application for the creative start-up residence is Friday 24th August 2018. Completed applications can be sent to Rachel Granger Rachel.granger@dmu.ac.uk

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