The Cross Creative 2017 programme is aimed at professionals within Scotland’s commercial digital companies. It gives the individuals and the companies they work for an opportunity to gain a competitive edge and raise their ambitions within the global digital market, through focused training and access to pioneering companies around the world.
The six month programme comprises five monthly training sessions in Glasgow, covering themes including powerful negotiation, finance/investment and scaling-up.
The programme concludes with an international business trip, giving participants access to some of the world’s best digital companies. Previous delegates of the programme have visited world-beating companies in Silicon Valley including Facebook, Twitter and IDEO. This year, for the first time, delegates will visit Canada’s renowned Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor, the largest technology cluster in North America outside of San Francisco.
The 2017 delegates are:
- Robert Fyfe (Design Team Lead) CitNOW
- Stu Thomson (Director) Cut Media
- David Buchan (Managing Director) Innovation Digital
- Nadeem Sarwar (Founder & CEO) Organised Health
- Ali King (Data Engineer) Spiritus
- Angela Prentner-Smith (Managing Director) This is Milk
- Daniel Rae ( Co-Owner & Strategy Director) We are Hydrogen
- Charlie Bell (Creative Director) Whitespace
Cross Creative 2017 is being delivered as part of the wider Digital Economy Expansion Programme, a three year programme of specialist business development and skills support, targeting individuals and companies working in the screen and digital sub-sectors of the Creative Industries and aiming to grow the overall sector in Scotland. The initiative is being developed alongside and financially supported by Channel 4, BBC, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.
Claire Scally and Margaret Scott, joint Managing Directors of TRCmedia said: “Cross Creative is one of our most successful training programmes with an excellent track record of supporting Scottish digital companies. We’re very excited to launch this year’s programme and to enter new territory in Canada’s renowned Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor.”
Commenting on the Digital Economy Expansion Programme, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland’s creative industries are thriving, but in order to build on that growth we need to give the industry’s future leaders the chance to develop their business skills and widen their horizons. Cross Creative provides that opportunity for the digital sector, and I’d like to congratulate all the successful candidates.”
David Smith, Sector Director at Scottish Enterprise said: “We are delighted to support this varied programme and the exciting international opportunities it offers. We’ve been actively working with TRCmedia to ensure that participating companies also tap into wider business support opportunities available which can further accelerate their growth and see Scotland’s creative industries gain a competitive edge.”