Really honoured and flattered that Evidential has been chosen by Creative England Catalyst event attendees to be awarded a £50,000 investment.
After pitching against some fantastic tech innovators at the prestigious event held at Google’s London Headquarters, the audience voted with their fingers and saw the potential of our Exhibéo project. The funding will help Evidential reach its goal a lot quicker and has got 2016 off to a great start.
I found solace in the Google Green room where last minute preparations were being made by the brilliant Creative England back room team.
11am and we’re off. John Belginin and Caroline Norbury set the scene by outlying Creative England’s view for 2016 whilst acknowledging what has been achieved over the last 4 years.
The keynote speech was delivered by Minister for Culture and Digital Economy Ed Vaizey, who announced a number of interesting creative initiatives at the event.
Google themselves also treated us to the latest developments coming out of their labs with the Abbey Road project a particular favourite of mine.
A number of fantastic SME’s were showcased in front of 200 industry peers. Creative leaders from Facebook and Media.com also gave fascinating insights into their companies search for innovation with a number of people paying homage to the recent passing of David Bowie (who I never knew owned a web design agency in the 90’s, always a pioneer – RIP).
Then came the moment of truth, 5 minutes of time allowed to pitch months of work to an audience of potential dragons. The competition was both fascinating and tough at the same time. Having over-run on all my practise runs I managed to nail it dead on my 5 minutes this time and after some searching questions from compete Jenny Tooth OBE I had the dreaded wait whilst the audience texted their vote. But guess what…
Clutching my awkward XXXL placard and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate with I was able to enjoy the rest of the day. Listening to some very talented writers including Paul Abbott of Shameless (and Corrie fame) was a treat and celebrating with the some of the alumni of Creative England’s Top 50 ended a really enjoyable day.
Now comes the hard (but enjoyable) work where we innovate further to deliver a fantastic offering which will transform the Justice System. With the help of a number of new friends made at the event and the backing of Creative England I’m sure we will achieve our goal.