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ACE IT (Accelerating the Creative Economy Through Immersive Technologies) is a fully-funded initiative which supports London-based start-ups and SMEs to conceptualise, research and develop innovative products and services.

Working closely with an expert team, you'll develop your own pathway to build key skills and ground-breaking products while future-proofing your business through immersive technology.

This project is a partnership between London South Bank University and London College of Communication, UAL. It is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

07/03

Application Deadline

All applications must be received by 11:59PM on the 7th of March.

29/03

Status Confirmed

We'll confirm that you have been successful - or what you need to do to be ready for our next cohort.

19/04

Cohort Begins

Delivery begins on Cohort 1. Activity is tailored, focussed and quality.

26/07

Cohort Ends

You'll leave the programme ready to take your business forward.

Create unique experiences

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Don't get left behind

Adapt to the "new normal" with simple immersive options for all businesses.

Remove the Brexit barriers

Expand your reach and access your customer in their home, wherever they are.

Get investment ready

Scale faster and safer with free access to research and development.

Understanding Immersive

Immersive tech (XR) isn't just about putting on a VR headset and stepping in to computer generated worlds. Most of us use immersive tech products already in some form or another.

Ever used Google Maps StreetView, Pokemon Go or a filter on Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram? Immersive technology is about bringing you closer to your audience and forming richer relationships.

Our Stage 1 support is focussed on helping traditional businesses understand the world of immersive tech and providing simple changes to their offer.

Read our A-Z of Immersive Tech - a breakdown of all the terminology and a guide to the different immersive options available.

Webinars & Workshops

A range of expert-led workshops that are designed to provide SMEs with the knowledge and skills to maintain and progress their business.

Area Include:

Financing Immersive Ventures
Immersive Technology as a Business Tool
UX: Lessons from Game Design

Events & Networking

Throughout the cohort we host a range of events to encourage interaction between SMEs, investors, and industry bodies. These events are often related to a theme: adapting to XR, blockchain or future trends.

We have three upcoming events to help you understand the immersive space and how it can be applied to you business:

Widening Immersive Media's Appeal - A Guide For Innovators
The Importance of User Testing in Immersive Development
Marketing Your XR Business to New Audiences
See what support you can expect to RECEIVE
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Access Expertise

A good leader is as valuable to a business as a good product or idea. Throughout participation, you will have regular face-to-face meetings with experts able to provide you with feedback, mentorship and the benefit of their experience.

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We got one-on-one mentoring as well as encouragement from the cohort. Being part of such an inspiring community accelerated our business development even more.

We spoke to Eva Lili Bartha, Founder of Digital Fashion Framework, about her innovative business, the issues with the Fashion industry & why she's embracing immersive tech.

Read the case study
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Breaking Barriers

Industry data shows there will be an expansion of immersive tech over the next decade - not just in terms of the capabilities of the technology but also the spread and adoption. Last decade it was social media, next it will be immersive tech.

We want to enable forward thinking creative businesses to get ahead of the curve without the risks often associated with pioneering a new technology.

Read how we helped AliveIn tech to test their product and gain valuable feedback

Areas of Expertise

We work across a broad range of immersive areas and enable you to increase your depth of understanding and your ability to implement new ideas, technology and processes.

  • Augmented Reality
  • Mixed Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Immersive Sound
  • VFX Motion Capture and 360 Video
  • Gamification
  • Immersive Storytelling
  • Live-streaming
  • 3D Visualisation

Product Development

We offer 3-6 months research and development opportunities to businesses looking to achieve a specific goal.

We match you with skilled professionals who can directly support you in your product development:

  • Develop an MVP
  • Refine an existing idea or product
  • User Testing

You are then able to move forward, access funding, or enter the marketplace with the confidence that your idea has been ratified by leading academic body.

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Not only was the product improvement support great, but we also benefitted by meeting other founders through the ACE IT project. This has enabled us to share learning and collaborate on common challenges.

Alivein Tech came to ACE IT with a basic product, in need of user testing. We helped them to refine the product and leave with an improved and more comprehensive offer.

Read the case study
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how we help
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Content & Events

Case studies, articles and upcoming events to help understand what immersive tech and ACE IT has to offer

For every stage of development

We help traditional businesses adapt to immersive tech in incremental steps - and for immersive and creative businesses to make great leaps.

Understand the landscape

Adapt to the "new normal" with simple immersive options for all businesses.

Remove the Brexit barriers

Expand your reach and access your customer in their home, wherever they are.

User testing

Shape your product with feedback from experts and your potential customer.

Improve yourself

Our workshops and consultancy help refine the business leader as well as the product.

Be bold

Our free support enables business to take risks without any consequences.

Get investment ready

Scale faster and safer with free access to research and development.

Are you ready?

We'll provide the access, expertise and time you need to progress. All you have to do is choose the support you want.
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Programme Structure

See how it works and the support you can expect to receive

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