Plymouth’s very own Korash Sanjideh has been appointed the Creative Industries iNet dedicated Business Link broker -a kind of support specialist, for those not in the know.
Those who’ve had an eye on the South West scene will know Koresh most recently as managing director of Chew TV, and before that as part of the gang of media innovation firebrands that were graduate start-up company HMC Interactive.
In this new role, Korash will work with creative companies from across the South West connected to the iNet programme. The broker’s role is to help to support high-growth SME’s involved in the projects through consultation, business development and capitalisation of intellectual property, in turn raising the profile of the region’s digital creative industries globally.
Korash sits on the board of The South West Design Forum, and is chairman of the cluster group Designed in Devon. Korash is also juror for the Europrix Multimedia Awards, helping decide the best young and emerging talent under 30 in multimedia across Europe yearly.
He is visiting lecturer at Newport School of Art Design & Media, and Plymouth and Lincoln universities, focusing on commercialisation of experience and interaction software and how to develop new business models from innovative technologies and cross disciplinary teams.
Korash told D+CFilm: ‘Having a passion for seeing the South West grow as a recognised area for digital innovation, I see my involvement in the iNet as an opportunity to continue to make a difference to the digital creative landscape.
“In this new role as iNet broker, I will be able to highlight the talent and potential that exists in the region, and to build on its global presence. I’m looking forward to connecting businesses to essential resources they need to develop products and services, and adding value to iNet projects wherever I can along the way.’
The Creative Industries iNet is a £3.2 million programme of support designed to help the South West’s creative businesses thrive and advance the area’s growing reputation as a global creative centre of excellence.
Working with both emerging and established companies, the iNet is developing bold products and business models, exploring new opportunities and ideas, and connecting creatives to a community of innovators across the South West and around the world.
The Creative Industries iNet is part of the government’s Solutions for Business portfolio and led by South West Screen, with funding from the South West European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Competitiveness programme and grants from numerous other regional organisations.
Here’s Korash enjoying his creative breakfast
(image: Korash Sanjideh of Chew TV picking up the Social Entrepreneur Award (Community Category) at Plymouth University vice chancellor’s enterprise awards)
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