Creativeworks London funded London-based creative entrepreneurs to take up a short-term residency with one of its research partners. The examples below demonstrate the range of residencies that were funded by CWL. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Entrepreneur-In-Residence Scheme

Piers Roberts and Kingston University London


Piers Roberts, Designersblock

Academic Partner

Dr Mark Passera, Kingston University London

Project Title

Designing and prototyping a new set of simple innovation tools for Creative Entrepreneurs.

Project Description

In his residency with Kingston University Piers Roberts, founder and director of Designersblock, hoped to research and develop a potential project entitled Riskkit. Based on pattern thinking the project used a series of simple models and tools to describe the common relationships that form in the rapid process of generating and idea and turning it into a deliverable product or service. Riskkit potentially would assist entrepreneurs in describing and analysing the maturing of a given project, and therefore make the correct choices on setting a future course.

With the help from a multidisciplinary team of academics Roberts hoped to develop Riskkit from a early concept into an operational product. The Riskkit project was announced at the Listen, Watch, Share conference organised by Designersblock on the 19th of September 2013.

Unfortunately due to several complications the partnership never developed fully and the project wasn’t realised. A large portion of the residency’s time and funds were invested in developing a draft contract, unfortunately Designersblcok and Kingston University weren’t able to come to a final agreement. Additionally it was difficult to secure time for Roberts to work with students.

Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.