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What To Expect From 'Creative England Live 2016: Catalyse'

With just over a week to go until our fourth anniversary event, here’s a glimpse of what attendees will find at ‘Creative England Live 2016: Catalyse’ as an invite-only crowd gathers at Google’s London HQ.

Hosted by presenter and tech expert Laura ‘LJ’ Rich, ‘Creative England Live 2016’ aims to showcase the possibilities that can be unlocked when small businesses engage with big, recognised companies. Throughout our day-long conference, we’ll explore the UK’s thriving creative industries, the various trends and issues facing its future and the exciting innovators who are breaking new ground and paving the way forward.

Those unable to attend the event can keep up to date on the progress of the day via our live Twitter coverage using the hashtag #CELive2016. What’s more, we’d love to hear your ‘Catalyst Moment’ which can be submitted to us on Twitter using the same hashtag. In the meantime, here’s what you can expect from ‘Creative England Live 2016: Catalyse’ next Wednesday 20th January…


Underlying our celebration of the UK’s creative industries is the Creative England 50; a definitive list of the creatives and entrepreneurs working today who are pushing the boundaries of innovation. Compiled by our industry expert judges the CE50 highlights both emerging and established talent, all of whom have turned raw creativity into commercial success. We’ll also be revealing our ‘Future Leaders’ during the day’s event; shining a light on the ten CE50 companies and individuals cherry-picked by our judges for leading the UK’s creative industries to new and exciting territory.

Google Cultural Institute

Representatives of Google’s Cultural Institute will be on hand during our event to discuss the idea behind their revolutionary new concept. Born out of a passion project within the Google team, the Cultural Institute allows users from across the globe to access museums and their spectacular collections like never before. By combining the latest technological advances with the world of art and culture, this new collection aims to break down barriers and reinforce the notion that art is indeed for everyone. Programme Manager James Davis will be in attendance on the day to discuss the future of this interactive new platform. 

Starter For 50 

A live pitch session will kick off our afternoon, as three aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses pitch for the chance to win a £50,000 investment. To be in with a chance of taking home this amazing opportunity they’ll have to impress our Creative England Live audience who will each cast a vote and decide upon the ultimate winner. Details of each team’s elevator-style pitches will be relayed over Twitter throughout our live-event coverage, so you can have your own say on which product you’d most like to see supported.

Regional Storytelling

Creative England thrives on being able to facilitate and fund a selection of unique voices from all across the UK, outside of Greater London. The regional talent we’ve supported has displayed some distinctly different stories (just look at ‘The Goob’ or the work of Rachel Tunnard) and earned their fair share of recognition in the process. To celebrate this, our ‘Stories About Place’ panel will look at the power of regional storytelling on film and TV and feature a panel of new and established voices from across the industry.

Cross Sector Innovations

Continuing our theme of innovation, we’ve invited three companies to share with us their stories of how the products they’ve created have improved the UK’s creative sector. Hear from Braci, the founders of the revolutionary ‘Smart Ear’ app, award winning creative digital studio Citrus Suite and the UK winners of the 2015 Creative Business Cup, Maker Club, as they discuss how their products are disrupting innovation, impacting the creative industries and improving our day to day lives. 

Don’t forget, you can stay up to date on all the latest news from ‘Creative England Live 2016: Catalyse’ and submit your own ‘Catalyst Moment’ by using the Twitter hashtag #CELive2016

Follow us on Twitter to hear about the latest funding opportunities and creative industry news. To find out more about 'Creative England Live 2016: Catalyse', visit our hub page.

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