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Creative initiatives for fostering new businesses: the Scottish Design Summit

Date: 19/05/2014

Creative initiatives for fostering new businesses will be the focus of the inaugural Scottish Design Summit. This meeting of businesses, design-curious, international and domestic, small and vast, with policy makers, academics and design professionals will show that putting design at the heart of business can transform performance and results.

The summit is being hosted by Design in Action (DiA), the knowledge exchange hub set up in June 2012 and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Starting this Thursday the Summit is already generating press coverage thanks to DiA's series of 'chiasma' workshops (named after the exchange of genetic material), which put designers and academics together with small firms and individuals with new business ideas. Participants can then pitch for up to £20,000 to prototype their concept.

Six of these innovation events have been held so far around the country, leading to a number of businesses in the development pipeline. One which has already gone public is Beer52, craft brewing’s equivalent of the wine club.

For the press coverage see The Scotsman (opens in new window), and for further information about the success of Beer52, see our Creative Economy publication feature ‘Raise a Glass’.

Notes to editors

For further information from the AHRC, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 ord.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

  • The event has now sold out but for further details see the Design in Action website. To follow the Summit on twitter follow #scotdesign14.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk
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