Starter for 10 deadline extended


Are you a creative business based in the South West? Do you have an innovative idea or product which could use £10,000 to get off the ground?

Creative England is inviting businesses from across the South West to pitch their ideas in a new competition, which offers 10 winners the chance to pick up a £10,000 investment and a package of business support.

Starter for 10 calls for businesses to pitch their products to a prestigious panel of industry experts and investors, who will select the 10 best to receive financial and practical support to take their idea to market.

The judging panel includes some of the leading names in creative business in the South West, who will assess 10 minute pitches from all shortlisted businesses at a series of “pitch battles” across the region.

Jim Farmery, Creative England’s Director of Business Development, said: “Creative England’s fundamental aim is to unlock potential for small businesses in the creative industries.

“With the launch of Starter for 10, we hope to specifically encourage start-ups across the South West, drawing on the strength of the sector as well as their ability to develop innovative products and solutions which otherwise would have struggled to get off the ground.”

The final deadline to apply is Wednesday 6th March.

Starter for 10 will then kick-off with three regional heats, in three cities across the region: Bristol, Bournemouth and Exeter.

15 shortlisted companies will come together for a ‘Grand Finale’ pitch battle, where the 10 winning companies will be chosen.

To apply for Starter for 10, and to read the application guidance notes, click here.

To qualify, businesses must be under two years old and operate within the sectors of digital, web and interactive; mobile and app; games; social media; or marketing.

For more information on applying please telephone 0117 952 9980 or email us at

This project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by Creative England.

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