Stimulating Creative Graduates


Stimulating Creative Graduates!?


A major new opportunity for creative businesses and universities to stimulate creative and technological innovation with the mutually beneficial use of creative graduates in the South East.


Created by South East Media Network on behalf of South East England Development Agency’s Creative Economy Partnership working group


New People, New Ideas, New Business, New Support


The Scheme  

The Scheme is based on a ‘summit’ or open discussion forum to be held on 31st March 2009, for all businesses and relevant organisations within the South East who wish to engage with the creative sector and recent graduates for the mutually beneficial exchange of innovation and skills.


This ‘summit’ is supported by the South East Creative Economy Programme working group (CEP), and will highlight the possible routes to employment and freelancing through schemes such as ‘Business +’ (and other R&D opportunities) in the creative industries sector.  


At the summit we will also launch a newly created database with the details of all the relevant sources of funding and support, as well as all the current graduate schemes.


The overall scheme will promote:

·        Increased uptake of existing programmes  

·        Up-to-date information on R&D funding

·        R&D internships

·        Internship support programs within the South East area.


Through creative discussion and ideas exchange at the summit, the programme will also identify gaps in available support for both graduates and creative businesses and will be used to inform all of the partners in the ‘CEP’.


The Summit

This summit will be an open discussion forum and networking event chaired by Gina Fegan CEO of SEMN. In discussion with the expert panel and audience we will address:

·        What are the current benefits for both the graduates and business? 

·        What should (could) be made available to businesses to enable the mutually advantageous use of graduates in Creative Businesses?

The audience will be made up of national and local creative businesses as well as relevant public sector organisations.


The Database

The database will provide access to all relevant information and contacts for graduates and creative businesses alike. It will combine fresh ideas and business methods to identify and promote opportunities for recent graduates and creative businesses to find mutually beneficial routes to enable employment.


This database will be made freely available to all relevant

·        Businesses

·        Student organisations

·        University organisations


It will be launched in conjunction with the main summit in London on the 31st March 2009.


Who should attend?

Creative businesses who wish to expand their innovative and technological potential.

Universities who wish to aid their graduates into the creative industries.

Public sector organisations focused on graduate and creative business support.

Graduates who have already benefited from the experience to share best practise.


What to do next?

This summit is free as it is sponsored by SEEDA and SEMN on behalf of SEEDA’s CEP working group.

The summit will be held on Tuesday March 31st 2009, 2pm – 6.30pm at Central St Martins College of Art and Design Innovation Centre, Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AP. Nearest tube Holborn 1 minute from venue.

There are limited places available! Please register /Rsvp at the top of this page 




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