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Nesta's 'CBM' is back

Written by Josh Russell on Sunday, 19 August 2012. Posted in Sales & Marketing

The year ahead is looking very promising for creative start-ups: Nesta have announced that their Creative Business Mentor Network will once again be running for the next twelve months.

Nesta's 'CBM' is back
The independent charity, whose aim is to connect bright ideas with necessary funding, are once again running their scheme to pair creative start-ups working in advertising, digital media, film, games or TV with experienced mentors from the industry. And when the mentors involved are of the calibre of Steve Macallister from BBC Worldwide, Objective Productions'  Andrew Newman and Paul Sandler, Ben McOwen Wilson from YouTube and Shine UK's Alex Connock it really is a golden opportunity for fledgling creative companies to pick up expertise from those working at the forefront of the industry.
After an induction workshop, the scheme takes the form of ten two-hour sessions providing one-to-one assistance with improving business planning, communication, financial management and decision making. It also provides workshop and events designed to help participants meet other members of the network, not to mention access to an 'executive coach'. The whole scheme offers some real hands-on guidance from some of the media's most experienced business leaders.

Entry specifications couldn't be simpler. If you're an established company in one of the aforementioned industries then you just need to make a brief application on Nesta's website and submit a 2 minute video pitch via Vimeo. Closing date for applications is September 13 and successful applicants need to be available for interviews between September 27 and October 8. 

Go forth and prosper. 

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Josh Russell

Josh Russell

Our former editor, Russell was the man in charge of properly apostrophising our publication and ensuring Oxford commas are mercilessly excised. Our former digital doyen, he’s also a Photoshop pro, a dab hand with InDesign and the man to go to if you need a four-hour soliloquy about the UK's best silicon startups.

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