An Introduction to Games Development Funding Sources

Wednesday 21 January 2015

6.00pm for 6.30pm start - 8.30pm

Room HC021, Southampton Solent University, Herbert Collins Building, Ground floor, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN | Map and Directions


A SIGN (Southern Independent Games Network) event.
Held in association with the BCS Animation and Games Development SG, BCS Hampshire Branch and Southampton Solent University

Andrew Mitchell,  a Founder of SIGN, Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Entrepreneurship at Southampton Solent University, & Committee Member of the BCS Animation and Games Development SG.

Andrew Mitchell is a successful entrepreneur with experience of start-up businesses and large corporations in fields as diverse as IT, Management consultancy, training & coaching, Maritime, Construction and Property.


An Introduction to Games Development Funding Sources currently available in the UK for games companies. This will be a quick overview of the sources and where to get further information.

The talk will cover funding from a couple of thousand to £500000+. Sources specific to Games SME’s and students will be considered.

Games companies have not been as effective as other media companies in applying for grants. Anecdotal research shows that this reticence is due to a lack of knowledge of available grants and concerns over the complexity of the process. This talk will address in part the first issue and offer suggestions to assist in the second.

This event is the first meeting of SIGN following the successful inaugural conference on 19 November 2014. We welcome members of the BCS Animation and Games Development SG and all those in the area interested in professionally making games whether as Indies or freelancers.

The proposed format for these meetings will be a registration period with refreshments.
(During which time there will be an opportunity to display games for critical feedback.)
This will be followed by a talk on a relevant subject of interest to the members.
Then we repair to a local hostelry for an opportunity to network.

This first meeting will also have a session after the talk to get feedback from members on the structure of the network, format of the events, requests for talks & etc.

SIGN (Southern Independent Games Network) is a not-for-profit network, established to represent and support independent video games developers and facilitate the growth of the independent video games development sector in the Southern region of the UK (The Southern region is defined as extending from Bognor Regis in the East to Bournemouth in the West, and as far North as Basingstoke). The network is focused primarily on providing support in areas associated with business aspects of the video games industry, for example, in areas such as funding, tax, marketing and law. The support will be provided through a series of events, web-based resources and through facilitating connections between members of the network and professionals within, and complementary to, the video games industry. Our members include independent games developers, university academics, researchers, students and technology businesses.