Expertise Required to deliver iMayflower Project Tech & Business Bootcamp and Enterprise Incubation Programme

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Request for Quotation (RFQ)

Plymouth College of Art is currently reviewing the provision of External Expertise Services for the Smart Citizens Tech & Business Bootcamp and the Ignite Business Programme and has issued a formal Request for Quotation. 

 Plymouth is one of only five cities across the UK to be in receipt of investment from the Cultural Development Fund (CDF). CDF is a new funding programme from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England. It is designed to allow cities and towns to invest in creative, cultural and heritage initiatives that lead to culture-led economic growth and productivity.

Plymouth’s CDF investment was awarded for the delivery of the iMayflower project; this is a partnership between Plymouth City Council (lead partner), Plymouth College of Art, Creative England, Crowdfunder, Destination Plymouth, University of Plymouth, and Real Ideas.

iMayflower is helping Plymouth shout about its culture and creativity offer, develop along term, sustainable legacy and provide skills and learning opportunities through events and community engagement. We are also supporting creative sector businesses to become more visible on an international stage.

The project involves working with partners across the city who are developing digital technology, such as 3-D printing, virtual reality or immersive technology to help the city expand its expertise in advanced manufacturing, robotics and digital making.

Over 200 businesses and social enterprises will benefit from support to develop new products, services, content and jobs over the next financial year, providing skills
development for people from a range of communities, ages and backgrounds.

As part of the iMayflower project, Plymouth College of Art is leading the Smart Citizens Programme based at Fab Lab Plymouth and co-organising the IGNITE Festival of Creativity and the Illuminate Festival.

Following the Request for Quotation,  Plymouth College of Art is looking to award a new contract from 1st September 2021 regarding the following services:

  • Tech and Business Bootcamp; This action is part of the Smart Citizens Programme (SCP) and will entail delivering Tech & Business Bootcamps to individuals chosen to develop their business and products ideas. The Bootcamp will comprise 2 cycles of 2 weeks, and will be attended by a total of 40 people (20 per cohort). The first cohort is scheduled in September/October 2021 and the second cohort in May/June 2022.
  • Business Programme; This action is part of the IGNITE Festival of Creativity and will entail the design and
    delivery of a Business Programme to individuals chosen to develop their business skills and ideas. The delivery will comprise 2 cycles of 1 month for a total of 50 people (25 per cohort) The first cohort is scheduled in June 2022 and the second cohort in September 2022. 

The RfQ, which contains full information is available here, and the deadline for submission is 11 July 2021.

Any enquiries should be addressed to Eli Zahoui, Smart Citizens Programme Project Manager at ezahoui@pca.ac.uk

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