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Opportunities and Support

Creative Fuse North East is a collaborative project delivered by all five North East universities. By ‘exploring possibility and connecting creativity’ the project supports the region’s creative, cultural and digital economy to grow and develop, and encourages creative-led innovation benefitting the wider regional economy.

There are many ways to get involved, including accessing funding, business innovation support and specialist advice. Here is a quick outline of the opportunities available to SMEs, freelancers, cultural organisations, and creative practitioners over the duration of the project.


A range of events delivered on a one-off or monthly basis.

Consultancy and Knowledge Exchange

Accessing new knowledge and benefitting from university expertise.


A broad and varied programme of free workshops to develop innovation capacity and potential.


A funded internship/placement programme with a recent graduate or a current.


Collaborative events and activities are designed to share cross-disciplinary experience and learning.


Providing wraparound business support through a range of specialist workshops and mentoring sessions.

Applied Research

Networks for collaborating and sharing knowledge.

Sector Analysis and Intelligence

An opportunity to influence policy.