After the success of the first cohort of the Video Game Mentoring Network scheme, which saw eight games businesses start the programme earlier this year, Ukie have once again partnered with Nesta to match businesses with experienced games industry mentors.
The scheme aims to advise and nurture games businesses with an appetite for growth and mentoring will officially start in December. Businesses who join the Games Mentoring Network will receive:
· One-to-one business mentoring in the form of 10 two-hour sessions over a 6-12 month period
· An induction workshop at the start of the programme to get the most out of your mentoring sessions
· Workshops and events designed to meet other members of the wider creative Network
· Coaching support – in addition to mentoring
Ukie and Nesta want businesses of all sizes to apply to be mentored, from start-ups who have been established for less than two years, to established and high growth potential business who are looking to scale. The minimum criteria for applying are simply that you must be a registered business that:
· Has made or sold a game in the UK in the last 12 months or have a game ready to bring to market in the next six months.
· Or you can also be a business that has launched a product or service in the UK that supports the creation and selling of games within the last 12 months.
· Being a Ukie member automatically qualifies you to apply.
Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist said: “Building on the success of the first wave of games mentoring, our partnership with Nesta will give even more games businesses an amazing opportunity to get first hand expert advice from people with proven track records in the games industry. Mentoring is invaluable for both mentees and for mentors and they learn a great deal from each other throughout the process.”
Ukie and Nesta are inviting games businesses to apply for mentoring by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.