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Creative Futures

We champion underrepresented communities within the creative industries.

Creative Futures provides start-up support for creative entrepreneurs. The programme encourages the development of purpose-driven creative and digital businesses. We focus on working with local people from underrepresented backgrounds, supporting their journeys both as founders and changemakers.

What does Creative Futures offer?

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Business support

Take part in an adaptive 5 month programme of creative-led business support and skills development, including workshops and mentoring.

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Discovery events

Join diverse speakers from UAL and local businesses to explore creative enterprise themes and engage in discussion and exchange.

Tyreke Oshunrinde presenting at Creative Futures Demo Day Camberwell College of Arts.
Tyreke Oshunrinde presenting at Creative Futures Demo Day. (Credit: Ana Blumenkron)

Founder club

Grow your network with regular social events in partnership with local workspaces and organisations, including Migration Museum and The Africa Centre.

Creative Futures Founders Club at The Africa Centre in London.
Creative Futures Founders Club at The Africa Centre

Access to space

Access UAL’s spaces for the purposes of short-term research and development (R&D), focus groups, test events and community engagement, subject to availability.

Creative Futures played a crucial role in helping me to develop professionally and overcome the challenges of starting a business.

— Adeolu Banjo, Culture Drip
I was blown away by the support and resources the programme provided. I didn’t anticipate finding such a sense of community.

— Gemma Robinson, Betty Printo

Our network

Past business mentors, speakers and facilitators, have included:

  • Sonya Barlow - LMF Network
  • Alison Branagan - UAL, Author and Business Consultant
  • Shameika Byfield - Shy Figures
  • Adiam Elias - ADIAMELIAS
  • Remi Harris MBE
  • Callum Hall - Creative Debuts
  • Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo - UAL and THE ADV_
  • Kei Maye - Creative Champs
  • Samantha Newell - Yard + Parish
  • Ajay Pabial - Art Clubbers
  • Alicia Robinson - AGR Knit
  • Anna B Sexton - Open to Create
  • Charlotte Stavrou - SevenSix Agency
  • Pete Schönbeck - Productschön Business Advice
  • Ishwari Thopte - UAL, Creative and Fashion Tech Consultant
  • Tazz Parker -  MDRxTech

Programme outcomes

Participants have secured funding, investment and innovation fellowships. Others have won residencies and new clients. Businesses continue to build relationships with mentors and peers. Many have collaborated with UAL and local cultural organisations.

Making a difference

We have worked to develop businesses with almost 50 south Londoners aged 18-25 of which:

  • 89% were women or non-binary people.
  • 69% were from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.

Creative Futures was piloted at Camberwell College of Arts in 2022-23 and supported by STRIDE.

Contact us

We'd love to talk to potential participants, mentors or funders.

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Applications for Creative Futures 2024 will open in autumn 2023.