Indielab Accelerator, the programme aimed at helping small and mid size indies develop and grow, has opened its 2019 applications round.
Indielab Accelerator offers 15 early and mid-stage indies a programme to grow their businesses, made up of growth masterclasses, global market insight and investment-readiness.
Along with the core accelerator programme from Indielab, there will be a separate ‘pitching for investment’ event, all of which will be announced throughout the coming year.
As in previous years, Indielab Accelerator has pledged 50% of participants will be operating in the UK’s nations and regions.
The BBC has increased its support to become a full sponsor. Channel 4 has also renewed its commitment to the 2019 programme, investing specifically from its Growth Fund and Nations and Regions departments.
Indielab Accelerator 2019 is also again being supported by the Mayor of London’s office through Film London.
The BBC, Channel 4 and Film London join Indielab Accelerator’s returning sponsors. These include independent distributor Banijay Rights, Barclays, law firm Harbottle & Lewis, media-investment specialist Ingenious and accounting consultants Ecovis Wingrave Yeats and Nyman Libson Paul.
Victoria Powell founder and CEO of Indielab said ‘Now more than ever the content market is changing rapidly, with domestic spending generally accepted as flat and marked increases in global spend expected. The UK sector continues to look like a very good place for indies to do business, albeit under a somewhat changing set of rules. No matter which corner of the UK you are based in, there are significant opportunities out the for indies who want to grow. At Indielab we aim to give UK indies the edge by connecting them to the right insight, intel and network to achieve these successes.’
Nadine Marsh-Edwards, co-founder of Greenacre Films and a 2018 Indielab participant, said: “Indielab gives you time out to think about who you are as a company, what your ambitions are, and what you need to do to achieve them and when. It has changed the way I think about us as a business, rather than just a company that makes projects. It was six days very well spent.” Greenacre’s film Been So Long, starring Micheala Coel and Arinzé Kene, premiered on Netflix last month. It was produced in association the BFI and Channel 4.
As a result of the 2018 investment-readiness process, superindie all3media invested in TV and branded content indie Bullion Productions. In 2017, Indielab helped to guide three companies — Antidote Productions, Midnight Oil Pictures and Awesome Media & Investment — into investment and first-look distribution deals.
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