Applications for 4CNW Talent funding open

14 JANUARY 2013

The call for applications for 4CNW Talent, a €100,000 innovation fund to encourage partnerships between creative professionals and businesses in Ireland North West, Northern Ireland and Scotland, opens online today.

moneyFunding available to collaborate with a Creative partner
4CNW Talent invites businesses from these regions in the Agri-food, Life Sciences, Technology and Tourism sectors to apply for a talent voucher of between €1,000 and €5,000. Applications will be assessed by an expert panel, with successful businesses required to match fund their 4CNW award creating a commissioning pot of between €2,000 and €10,000 per project. Businesses will then use this fund to commission the services of a creative professional who can offer new areas of expertise to help solve their particular business challenge. Applications will remain open until 4pm on the 18th February 2013 and you can find out more about the 4CNW process, and how to apply, by consulting the Business information section on the new website of the Creative State North West..

Creative Directory
Creative Suppliers from these regions are also invited to submit online applications to register for the 4CNW Creative Directory. The directory is a unique European service innovation that will list and map Creative Suppliers across the Celtic Crescent region. All successful Creative applicants to the directory will be eligible for commissioning by a successful voucher recipient, thus creating new clients and new income streams. Applications for Creatives remain open until 12noon on 8th March 2013, and Creative applicants will also be given the opportunity to automatically register with the European Creative portal HowtoGrow.

The best way to find out more about this fund is to attend one of the free discovery events being held across the regions. At these events you can meet the team, be talked through the application process and hear from projects that benifited from a 4CNW Talent Voucher in the 2012 test round.

For more information on your local event click on the links below or contact your local broker.

Tuesday 22nd January – Discovery Session for Creatives, Derry, Northern Ireland
Tuesday 22nd January – Discovery Session for Business, Derry, Northern Ireland
Wednesday 23rd January – Discovery Session for Creatives, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Wednesday 23rd January – Discovery Session for Business, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Thursday 24th January – Discovery Session for Business, Edinburgh, Scotland
Thursday 24th January – Discovery Session for Creatives, Edinburgh, Scotland
Wednesday 30th January – Discovery Event for Business, Sligo, Ireland
Wednesday 30th January – Discovery Event for Creatives, Sligo, Ireland

If you can’t attend the events you can download the brochure or read through the Apply section of the site for all the details.

About the Creative State North West
The Creative State North West is leading and implementing 4CNW Talent across Ireland North West, Northern Ireland and Scotland. While it is delivering 4CNW directly in Ireland North West, it is working in collaboration with local Brokers in Northern Ireland (NORIBIC) and Scotland (Cultural Enterprise Office) who will deliver the programme in those regions. 4CNW is one of 8 European projects set up to encourage the use of creative thinking as a powerful business tool.

About the 4CNW Voucher programme
4CNW – For Creative Challenge Celtic Crescent North West – is a new transnational business innovation support programme, delivered by The Creative State North West. Goal is to develop the Creative Industries, and wider innovation ability in the North West Region of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Click here for more information.

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