David Furmage – Coordinator Cluster2020
David combines policy, strategy and European work with consultancy as a media producer and bid-writer. He has a staff role at Coventry University Enterprises leading Cluster 2020, part of the European Creative Industries Alliance’s €100m private/public partnership supporting growth in the creative industries. His focus is around developing ‘concrete actions’ for cluster excellence, business innovation & growth.
He also works as a media consultant, producer and bid-writer. This continuing part-time role as a business owner helps David understand sector needs and aspirations in a practical way.
Between 2007-2010 he worked as Policy and Strategy Lead for the Digital & Creative Sector at Advantage West Midlands, the Regional Development Agency (part of the government, since abolished). He had oversight of €20m of funds which enabled the implementation of policies to help digital businesses overcome barriers to growth.
Before 2007, David ran a media production company that evolved from television, and interactive media to learning systems and artificial intelligence. This business went through many stages, including being venture capital backed and having a development team in India as well as the UK.
He started his career working in television, both BBC and ITV, as an editor, working on drama, documentary and news output.
David is passionate about what he does and enjoys walking, photography, video production and watching movies when he isn’t at work.
More information: Cluster2020
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