BIMM Institute’s Greenhouse Enterprise Programme is back

24 February, 2024

Our Greenhouse Enterprise Programme is back for 2024, with applications open from Thursday 14th March.

We have been working directly with figures in the creative industries to provide exceptional industry experiences and support for our students, helping them achieve their dream careers in the industry – no matter what they may be.

What is the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme?

First launched in June 2021, the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme provides training, coaching, and funding for entrepreneurial projects designed by students from underrepresented groups. These include Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities, students from lower-income backgrounds and areas of low participation in higher education, students with disabilities, care leavers, and mature students. It’s the perfect partnership between our Access and Participation plan and our unrivalled Creative Futures careers programme.

Training with Remi Harris Consulting

Creative Business essentials

Once chosen, our Greenhouse entrepreneurs will participate in stage one of our programme: the Creative Business Essentials course run by the creative business consultant and Director Remi Harris MBE.

Remi is an award-winning trainer and coach from London who works with leaders and creators in the music industry and consults with music businesses on their training.

Remi Harris - headshotHer calm and insightful approach inspires emotionally intelligent, purpose-driven leadership and greater confidence in teams and individuals.

Remi is also co-founder of the Music Leaders Network programme for women in music.

Formerly Remi was General Manager of AIM, Director of Operations at UK Music, and Chair of the Alliance for Diversity in Music and Media. She is co-founder of the Young Guns Network for young professionals in music.

She was awarded an MBE for Services to the Music Industry in 2016 and joined the 2019 Music Week Women in Music Roll of Honour.

Coaching with Creative United

Creative United logo

After our Greenhouse entrepreneurs have completed the Creative Business Essentials course, they will take part in exclusive one-to-one coaching sessions, coordinated by Creative United.

Creative United is a social enterprise that provides vital support to creative people and businesses to enable them to develop sustainable incomes and livelihoods.

They work with an extensive network of business coaches and mentors who have experience in supporting the creative industries and business growth. Students will be carefully matched with a mentor to help them implement what they learned and put it into action – creating a plan for their business and getting it into the market.

Funding with BIMM Institute

All entrepreneurs who complete the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme will receive £500 funding from BIMM University, allocated by a panel of industry experts, chaired by Sarah Thirtle from Creative United.

Sarah Thirtle - Headshot

Sarah works across Creative United’s programmes and services to develop strategies to increase and measure impact. She also leads their business support programmes and partnerships, which deliver tailored mentoring and advice to creative and heritage enterprises, artists, and makers.

In addition to her work at Creative United, Sarah is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Music Venue Trust, a Fellow of the RSA and is studying for a PhD in Songwriting with Birmingham City University.

What happens next?

With the programme’s exclusive advice, guidance, and financial support under our students’ belts, they will have all they need to turn their business plans into reality. They will also have the opportunity to come back and inspire BIMM students and alumni through masterclasses, mentoring, and promoting their business on the BIMM Connect business directory.

The Greenhouse Enterprise Programme is available for BIMM University final-year students and recent leavers* at all our colleges in both the UK and Germany, and across all faculties of music, film and TV, and the performing arts.

*Within 18 months of end of course

How do I apply?

Applications are now open until Monday 29th April. Apply via the web form HERE. For more information, please email [email protected], subject ‘Greenhouse’.

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