“Our aim is that this will inspire ambitious creative talent to stay in the northeast, enhancing the growing scene in the city and making it a more vibrant and exciting place to be.”
Robert Gordon University will offer support and funding to 12 startup teams encompassing a range of industries through its creative accelerator programme.
The new initiative, which will run for 12 weeks beginning in June, is being spearheaded by Look Again, part of Gray’s School of Art, in collaboration with RGU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG).
Applications are now being sought from people working in the creative industries, and successful applicants will receive up to £1,500 of funding each. Applicants accepted to the programme will benefit from mentorship, training and development opportunities, while also gaining access to a workspace at the new Look Again project space in Aberdeen.
Classes will also be delivered focusing on entrepreneurship, commercialisation, brand and marketing in the RGU Innovation Space at the new ONE Digital and Entrepreneurship Hub, which opens its doors this summer.
Creative Industries specialist at Creative Scotland, Andrew Leitch, commented: “It is recognised that retaining creative talent is vital to the development of a healthy creative industries ecology.
“Look Again has developed the Creative Accelerator with RGU as a new initiative which will benefit not only graduates, but also emerging creative enterprises, to help encourage ambitious creative talent to stay in the northeast, enhancing the growing creative industries sector in the city, and making Aberdeen a more vibrant and exciting place to be.”
Hilary Nicoll, Co-Director of Look Again at Gray’s School of Art, added: “Look Again Aberdeen is delighted to join forces with RGU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group to provide this new business support programme specially designed for the creative industries.