Are you a Creative Digital entrepreneur or a Creative Technology start-up business? CREW, Creative Enterprise West, a new collaborative initiative, which supports the Creative Digital enterprise sector in the West of Ireland have announced CREW LABS – an Incubator programme for early-stage start-ups in Creative Digital Industries in partnership with GMIT.

The CREW LAB incubation programme is especially designed to support early-stage Creative Digital entrepreneurs across the creative industries to include those in the TV, Film, Virtual production, Games, Animation, Content Development, Digital Arts, Immersive Technologies, Digital Design and Creative Technology. The Incubation programme will form a critical part of the support ecosystem required by screen industries in the region to further develop the west of Ireland as a hub for creative technology & content creation.

A highly dynamic and industry led programme, the CREW LAB Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development will be delivered remotely through the GTeic and Connected Hubs network to participants located across Ireland with a focus on those entrepreneurs based in the Western Region and along the Atlantic Economic Corridor.

Commencing in January 2022, the course will be delivered over a 4-month period. It is both knowledge and industry led with unique features including bespoke sectoral mentors, hub accommodation and blended learning which will deliver strategic pathways to assist creative ventures, with growth, sustainability and provide creative visionaries with the guidance required to scale. It will include some online class sessions each week along with exclusive industry and networking activities and one to one mentoring.

Guaranteed to accelerate the start-up process, participation in the CREW LAB Incubation programme will provide strategic assistance in identifying market opportunities for new ventures, developing, and pitching a business model and broadening a community and network in the creative digital industries sector across all disciplines.

Also speaking at the announcement was TG4 Director General, Alan Esslemont, “TG4 are pleased to partner with CREW on the Creative Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development programme which will offer mentorship and support to early-stage companies in the Creative sector. TG4 encourages new talent and creative companies working through the Irish language to get involved, to grow and develop their business and to avail of the Commissioning and Co-Production opportunities with TG4. Growing the creative economy in Ireland’s regions is a key part of TG4’s industry strategy and I congratulate CREW on this exciting new initiative.”

Western Development Commission’s, Gillian Buckley, said

The Western Region has a long tradition in creativity and this programme to support to support creative entrepreneurs in the region will build on this tradition and accelerate the success of this sector.

Pictured are, Maria Griffin, Grasan na Meain, Dr Paddy Tobin CREW Board Member, Head of School Design and Creative Arts GMIT, Gillian Buckley CREW Board Member and Western Development Commission, Alan Duggan, Galway Film Centre and Niamh Costello, Chief Executive CREW. Photo: Ray Ryan

CREW will support the development of creative digital enterprises, providing highly skilled jobs, distributed across the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) and Údarás GTEIC hub network, contributing to economic growth in the region. It is a collaboration between GMIT, Western Development Commission (WDC), Galway Film Centre (GFC) with funding from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland.

Registration for the Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development is now open, For further information and to register interest go to www.crewdigital.ie and follow social media channels @CREWDigital1 for all the latest updates on CREW Initiatives.