Ukie, who bring games industry expertise and Nesta, who have years of experience of running successful creative industry mentoring schemes, and have partnered to develop a mentoring scheme designed specifically for UK games businesses.
Building on the success of Nesta’s wider creative Business Mentor Network, the Video Game Mentoring Network has been set up by Ukie and Nesta to advise and nurture games businesses with an appetite for growth.
The scheme will be officially launched in April but games businesses are being invited to express their interest in being mentored now by contacting [email protected]
Businesses joining the games mentoring network will receive:
- One-to-one business mentoring in the form of 10 two-hour sessions over a 6-12 month period
- An induction workshop at the start of the programme to get the most out of your mentoring sessions
- Workshops and events designed to meet other members of the wider Network
- Coaching support – in addition to mentoring
Ukie and Nesta want businesses of all sizes to apply to be mentored, from start-ups who have been established for less than two years, to established and high growth potential business who are looking to scale. They are also calling on potential mentors to express and interest in being part of the scheme. The minimum criteria for applying are simply that you must be a registered business that:
- Has made or sold a game in the UK in the last 12 months or have a game ready to bring to market in the next six months.
- Or you can also be a business that has launched a product or service in the UK that supports the creation and selling of games within the last 12 months.
- Being a Ukie member automatically qualifies you to apply.
Mentors for the programme are being selected from successful leaders in the games industry, with experience of working in a variety of businesses from creating their own successful independent development studios and publishing companies, to working at senior levels for multinational games businesses. Individuals can express interest in becoming a mentor by contacting [email protected].
Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist said: “This partnership with Nesta gives games businesses an amazing opportunity to get first hand expert advice from people with proven track records in the games industry. Mentoring is invaluable both for mentees and for mentors. Our industry is especially good at collaborating and sharing stories and experiences so we encourage all businesses to apply and be part of the network.”
Jon Kingsbury, Director of Creative Economy programmes at Nesta said: “We’re delighted to be sharing the tried and tested format of mentoring from our Creative Business Mentor Network with the games sector, through our partners Ukie. Our vision is that every games business should aspire to and have access to mentors from their own industry”.