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Connected Innovators

Supports emerging leaders from within the creative industries

Connected Innovators supports emerging leaders from within the creative industries who want to take time out to conduct research and development that will enable them to advance their own careers and/or business.

If you are looking to develop a specific area of your creative practice or business using data or data-driven technology, you can apply for funding of up to £10,000 to support your work.

Applications for Round 4 Connected Innovators will open in 2022.

Connected Innovators is delivered by Creative Edinburgh who will be on hand to help you find the support, skills, and expertise you need to develop your practice and ideas so you can take your work to the next level.

Find out more about our Round 1 and Round 2 Connected Innovators.

There are no restrictions on the focus of your Connected Innovators application, provided it meets the selection criteria. Potential areas for exploration could include:

New approaches to your work (e.g. problem solving, generating income, collaboration)

Developing your practice (i.e. gaining new skills or learning to work with new tools or technologies)

Scaling your business (i.e. engaging with new markets, expanding your team, or developing new products or services at scale)

Supporting your community (i.e. showcasing or facilitating work happening within your community, collective or studio).

Applications for Connected Innovators will open twice a year. Up to eight projects will be selected per year, with successful applicants receiving facilitated peer support and funding of up to £10,000.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea for a Connected Innovator application, please contact the Creative Informatics team who will be happy to help.


Applications for Round 3 Connected Innovators are now closed.

If you have any questions about the Connected Innovators application process or selection criteria, please contact the Creative Informatics team at creativeinformatics@ed.ac.uk.


  • 19.03.2021
    Applications for Connected Innovators open
  • 28.06.2021
    Application deadline
  • 15.07.2021
    Panel meets to select Connected Innovators
  • 19.07.2021
    Applicants informed of decision


If you require any further information on the selection process for Connected Innovators, or have any questions about your application, please contact the Creative Informatics team.

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