The Creative Business Accelerator is a programme of business development for UAL graduates. Tailored to meet the needs of creative graduates, the programme is delivered across 6 months. In partnership with Google for Startups and developed by UAL Careers and Employability, the Creative Business Accelerator will provide you with the tools you need to grow a sustainable and successful creative business and build professional networks.
Who is eligible?
Graduates who have been awarded a Bachelor, Masters or PhD degree from UAL are eligible to apply. Applications can be made up to 5 years after graduation. For your application to be considered you need to:
Be running a creative business (including social enterprise or commercial) from any creative discipline or developing a product that has potential commercial intellectual property (IP) value.
Have spent at least a year on enterprising activity to develop your business/product idea.
Have developed some form of income generation for your business/product idea.
What we'll cover
You will learn valuable skills including:
How to assess your business model and make changes to improve it.
How to price your work, manage cash flows, budget correctly and plan financially.
How to market your practice effectively and reach the clients you want.
How to pitch and make a funding plan.
How to understand and value your IP.
How to make plans to grow/employ people.
How to manage your time effectively.
The programme will offer you the opportunity to:
Source and use new networks and opportunities.
Join a varied group of other creative graduates from UAL.
Get a better understanding of potential markets and how to develop products or work in relation to these.
Gain confidence in making decisions about your business.
Have access to industry experts, speakers and trainers who will deliver both workshops and tailored one-to-one advice sessions.
The programme has definitely allowed me to think of many things that can help me to not only survive as a small business, but to thrive and getting my message across
— Joao Maraschin, 2020 participant
I feel that with the skills learned and the way that I implement them, I would be able to increase my sales and to build a reputation. Having clear goals and a well thought-through business plan has helped me to evolve the brand.
— Camila Quintero 2020 participant
Part 1 – May to July 2022
You will attend a series of weekly creative business development training sessions online.
This time will be dedicated to: training workshops from industry experts; specialist one-to-one tailored advice for your business; and a chance to network with the group.
Part 2 – August to October 2022
You will take part in regular peer mentoring sessions as you develop and apply your learnings from Part 1.
The programme will culminate in a Demo Day where you will present the developments you have made to potential partners and investors.
You will agree to
Commit to attending all sessions during the programme.
Prioritise and schedule programme sessions - full details will be provided.
Commit to being active in developing your business between sessions.
Prepare for and follow up on all training and one-to-one sessions.
Complete evaluation questionnaires.
Give back a total of 6 hours to student enterprise learning at UAL. This could be as a mentor, joining a judging panel for UAL awards, or giving a talk on your business and work.
A bursary will be made available to allow applicants that need it to attend. Full details on how to apply for this can be found in the guidelines.
How to apply
The deadline to apply for Creative Business Accelerator is March 2022 (TBC).