Monday, 9 December 2013

Over £300,000 to be Allocated to NI Businesses Under New Creative Vouchers Programme

The NI Creative Marketplace programme, funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, is offering up to 80 organisations from across the region "creativity vouchers" to help them get creative.

The pilot programme, which is being delivered in partnership with NORIBIC, CultureTECH, C-TRIC and Digital Circle, will provide companies, social enterprises and non-profits with the chance to team up with one of dozens of creative companies. The £3,000 voucher can be used to revamp the organisation's image, prototype a new product or explore other creative ideas within the organisation. Further programme strands will target prospective entrepreneurs and post-primary schools. In total, £320,000 worth of creative vouchers will be allocated.

Information sessions are being held on Wednesday December 11th at 1pm in the Tower Hotel, Derry-Londonderry and on Thursday December 12th at 11am in the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast. These sessions will outline the programme and provide information on how to get involved.

Dr. Barney Toal, Chief Executive of NORIBIC added: “We’re really excited about working on the Creative Marketplace programme. The vouchers give traditional businesses from all sectors the opportunity to team up with some of the most forward thinking and creative companies in Northern Ireland to support the development of innovative products, processes or services. The access to these digital creatives will offer a new business dimension to participating companies”

The Creative Marketplace programme also features strands targeting new ideas in the health and wellbeing sector; delivered in partnership with C-TRIC, the Derry-Londonderry based clinical research and innovation centre. A further strand will offer a small number of post-primary schools the chance to work with professional developers to realise app ideas generated by students.

To find out more about the programme, simply pop along to one of the free information sessions on December 11th or 12th, or contact for more information.