London Creative and Digital Fusion
- Published: Wednesday, 27 March 2013 10:34
- Written by Joe Marshall
This programme ran from autumn 2012 to December 2014.
London Creative and Digital Fusion was a programme of interactive, tailored support designed to help London’s creative and digital small and medium-sized businesses collaborate, innovate and grow.
A programme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Fusion aimed to inspire by hosting talks and events with leading speakers to spark ideas for innovation. The programme facilitated networking and collaboration opportunities with other businesses as well as providing access to experts on emerging trends.
The initiative offered practical support through mentoring, student projects, entrepreneurial learning and training in specialist areas such as service design and management for innovation. It also included tailored support in the form of Innovation Vouchers for 3-6 month projects which give companies access to student resources, academic time and university resources from a wider network of 19 Higher Education Institutions.
The project was delivered in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Creative Collaboration (University of London), Royal College of Art, Lancaster University, Imagination Lancaster and The Work Foundation
The project concluded in December 2014, having supported 426 SMEs and created over 100 new jobs.
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