CreativeXR 2019 Offers UK VR/AR Devs Up To £20,000 In Funding

by Jamie Feltham • January 25th, 2019

Looking to develop your dream VR app but don’t have the funds to get started? Live in the UK? CreativeXR might be for you.

Applications for the 2019 edition of the immersive tech initiative opened this week. CreativeXR is run by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England and looks to give developers a helping hand. 20 successful applicants will be awarded up to £20,000 in early stage funding to develop prototypes. These could be for VR or AR experiences including art apps, cultural experiences and interactive storytelling. Funding for these types of experiences is essential while VR continues to largely appeal to the gaming audience.

The video above shows you what to expect. The programme lasts 12 weeks.

Studios will also receive access to mentorship and Digital Catapult resources. That includes the use of Immersive Labs in Belfast, Brighton, London and North East Tees Valley. Focus workshops will also run throughout. At the end of the programme, you’ll be able to pitch your project at a commissioner showcase. It’ll be a chance to then take your project to the next stop.

Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult, said he hopes the scheme will “encourage a new boldness in investors and commissioners too.”

Of the 20 companies selected last year, five went on to create full experiences. They include educational experiences like Immersive Histories from All Seeing Eye and more experiential pieces like Fatherland from Limbik. Other teams that created prototypes include Hammerhead studios with Stein and Aardman Animations with CODA.

Want to give it a shot? You have until by 17th February to apply via an official website. Good luck to all who enter!

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