Finance and Investment

The Objective of the Finance and Investment Group at the Creative Industries KTN is two-fold:

  • To provide a forum for discussion of the key challenges facing technology- enabled creative industry companies in the UK
  • To generate practical actions which improve the ability of these companies to secure appropriate funding and investment

To do this effectively, we will address the following key issues:

  • Understand the funding gaps for creative industry companies, particularly SMEs
  • Influence attitudes to public sector investment in the industry
  • Use public sector investment to actively leverage private sector investment, by at least one order of magnitude (i.e. 10x)
  • Understand the different business models and investment requirements for companies which provide products and services in four different areas
     - Business-to-business
     - Business-to-consumer
     - Infrastructure providers
     - ‘Knowledge’ Industry

We will address all the different types of investment, from bank loans to private equity investment, not just venture capital funding, which constitutes a small fraction of total investment, in spite of its high profile.

Dr Uday Phadke is the Finance and Investment Champion for the Creative Industries KTN.

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