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Innovators Growth Programme

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what projects have been supported by the £3 million Innovators Growth Programme; and when he expects the programme to establish its first sector pilots. (227180)

The Innovators Growth Programme, run by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), encourages innovation in small and medium sized enterprises in the creative sector.

Pilots for the “Digital Innovation in Film”, “Digital Convergence” and “Raise the Game” projects were launched in March, May and July 2008 respectively.

The pilot for the “Creative Business Catalyst” is scheduled to start this month (October 2008) and the pilot for “Creative Business Mentor Network” will start in November 2008.

The Innovators Growth Programme has also funded the “London Fashion Designer Economy Research” to help inform a future project in this area.