Key Dates for 2020/21
Applications for the 2020 Creative Brands Accelerator are now closed. We invite creative small businesses founded by RCA graduates to apply when applications open again in Autumn 2021.
- Launch Event: 13 October 2020
- Application Deadline: 10 November 2020 (midday)
- Foundation Stage: 26 November – 9 December 2020
The above dates are subject to minor changes.
- Workshops covering product range development, sales and marketing, brand strategy, business planning and digital media.
- Coaching from creative sector specialists in areas such as fashion and footwear, jewellery and accessories, interiors, homeware and textiles.
- Introductions to our industry networks and investment partners.
- Great publicity and PR opportunities.
- Hot-desking space at InnovationRCA and access to RCA workshops.
- Access to tools, contract templates and manufacturing database.
At the end of the accelerator programme, companies may be invited to participate in our investor readiness training programme, with the opportunity to pitch for investment from AngelClubRCA and InnovationRCA Fund 1. Where companies are successful in attracting investment, the Royal College of Art will discuss with them the option of the RCA investing alongside the lead investor(s).
About the Programme
The full programme will run for six months. An initial one month foundation stage of masterclasses - covering sustainability, selling online and pitching - will be followed by a five month programme of workshops, mentoring and specialist coaching.
All classes and meetings take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, on alternate weeks running from mid-January to the end of May. A full timetable will be provided ahead of programme kick-off. Additional public events and networking opportunities will also be scheduled throughout the programme.