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10th Nov: Creative Pitch Showcase

The creative industries are highly innovative, rapidly growing and at a contribution of over £115.9bn to the economy, offering an exciting opportunity for investors. Join the DCMS Creative Scale Up Programme partners on 10th November as they spotlight a host of leading creative industries businesses seeking investment to build and grow at the Invest in Creative Pitch Showcase.   

Representing the Greater Manchester, West Midlands and West of England regions, investors will hear from a curated group of innovators using creativity to transform how we interact with the world around us. From immersive technologies to games, digital media, film and TV, and streaming platforms – this pitch showcase will spotlight scale-ups from across the creative sector who are blending their creative vision with technological innovation.  

In addition to hearing what these fantastic creative businesses are doing and how they are shaking up the industry, investors will hear about what creative sectors are driving economic growth across the regions, and where to look for stand out investment opportunities.  

This showcase will be presented in-person at Digital Catapult in London and will welcome investors from across the UK.

 This showcase is being presented by UK Business Angels Association and ScaleUp Institute, in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority, The Growth CompanyWest of England Combined Authority and West Midlands Combined Authority.  


5:00 – Registration & networking with a welcome drink
5:30Opening remarks & setting the scene
Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO, UK Business Angels Association

5:40 – Welcome from our host Digital Catapult:
Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult
5:45 – Keynote:
Sir Peter Bazalgette, Non-Executive Chair, ITV
6:00 – Pitch presentations
6:55 – Closing remarks
7:00 – Networking, drinks and canapes
8:00 – Close

Date and time

10th November 2021

Venue Address

Digital Catapult
101 Euston Rd

Register to attend




Sir Peter Bazalgette is the non-executive Chair of ITV and also Chairs LoveCrafts, an online retailer. He led an independent review into the UK’s creative industries as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Sir Peter has been a Non-Executive Board Member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and currently chairs the Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction Book Prize Trustees.

From 2013 until 2017 he was Chair of Arts Council England. He was also a Non-Executive Director of DCMS and Channel 4, as well as President of the Royal Television Society and Chief Creative Officer of Endemol (devising several internationally successful formats).

Peter’s book about the business of TV formats, Billion Dollar Game (Time Warner), came out in 2005, and in 2017 he published The Empathy Instinct (John Murray).


From the games sector to fashion, social media, film and television and more – the businesses pitching at the Invest in Creative pitch showcase represent a cross-section of sub-sectors that are driving growth in the creative industries and many other connected industries.


Amschela’s mission is to introduce high-quality affordable accessory products to the ordinary woman that are sustainable while simultaneously acknowledging and addressing inequities in the luxury fashion industry.


Calla is a groundbreaking brand of fashionable footwear specially designed for women who suffer from common foot conditions. An untapped and underserved market, Calla offers stylish and comfortable footwear with an innovative approach.


Duelshot is breaking the mould in the games sector, by creating a one-of-a-kind video game mechanic that delivers Play to Earn revenue from every multiplayer match played in their games.


Engage Hub is shifting the dial when it comes to digital marketing. Leveraging the power of influencer-led marketing, Engage Hub combines AR, Social Media and E-commerce to provide a seamless experience for users of Instagram, Tik Tok and Snap Chat.


Motion Impossible (MI) develops remote and semi-autonomous robotic & stabilisation solutions for the professional video & filming industry in various environments From TV and film to sports arenas and live events.


Paus is reimaging the streaming experience by enabling seamless integration between the viewing experience and monetisation. With Paus, fans can stream content anywhere, any time, and reward the creators instantly.


Creating interactive fitness experiences on an all-new streaming platform, Stardio fuses music, entertainment and health and well-being. Leveraging the power of technology to reimagine fitness.


The UK’s first AR publisher, VIKA blur the boundaries between real and virtual formats, creating one of a kind immersive experiences for readers of all ages. VIKA is supercharging the printed page.


The businesses pitching at this showcase represent highly innovative founders from across the DCMS Creative Scale Up programme pilot regions. Our investor judging panel selected this curated group of businesses from an array of applications received from each partner region. This group of businesses stood out to our judges’ as those that represent innovation, scalability and meeting key market needs.