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CodeBase Launches Creative Industries Accelerator

Dominique Adams


Creative Bridge accelerator at CodeBase in Edinburgh cohort being taught

The UK’s largest tech incubator has launched a new accelerator in a bid to help Edinburgh’s creative industry go digital. 

CodeBase has launched its new 10-week Creative Bridge accelerator in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, Creative Edinburgh and Napier University,

As part of the £7.6 million Creative Informatics initiative, which is linked to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, the programme aims to give participants the necessary skills to turn creative ideas into successful businesses.

Roughly 220 creative professionals will join the programme over the next three years, which CodeBase said will help them along in their “entrepreneurial journeys” in being part of founding creative ventures of all sizes.

Participants from a variety of backgrounds including music, theatre production, and data visualisation are already taking part in the pilot cohort. Modules cover areas including what it takes to make a great product, the importance of a strong culture and how to scale operations.


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Participant Tom Smith, freelance musician and educator, said: “Creative Bridge is giving me a clearer sense of the viability of my idea and providing the tool set to turn that idea into a business. I’m only part of the way through the course, but the lessons learned and connections made are already invaluable.”

Oliver Littlejohn, CodeBase’s head of Bridge Programmes and Creative Bridge lead, said: “Scotland has an amazing creative scene, and we’re really excited about the partnership we’ve built in Edinburgh to help bridge the gap between creatives and tech.

“We’ve been blessed with multiple tech success stories here in Edinburgh, but we know there are many more great ideas that need support be realised.

“It’s also the case that many of the technology startups are starved of the kind of creative and design talent that can really help them to scale. The best startups in the world are those that realise the value of creativity and include it as a core part of their culture.”

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Course teachers consist of a mix of both domestic and international entrepreneurs, founders, and senior industry executives – including Elva Carri of Dublin-headquartered GirlCrew, New York-based Narie Foster of MM.LaFleur, Pasabi co-founder Chris Downie and CodeBase’s Chief Strategy Officer Steven Drost.

Creative Bridge is funded by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme managed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Industrial Strategy with additional funding from the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal and The Scottish Funding Council.

The programme is in the process of selecting the next cohort of 25 candidates for July.

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