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Edinburgh’s Netherbow

Four new Scottish consortia are celebrating after winning a share of the Collaboration Prize, which encourages Scotland’s creative businesses to work together and grow.

Launched in November 2015 by Scottish Enterprise (SE) in partnership with Creative Scotland, Cultural Enterprise Office, Interactive Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Collaboration Prize is delivered by Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS).

Each prize-winning collaboration will receive £5,000 cash, up to £5,000 specialist support to set their idea in motion alongside support from CDS to form their consortium.

Below is a brief introduction to each of our winners and a summary of their collaborative idea.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at each winner and learning more about their plans for the future.

ArchBlue Ltd

ArchBlue Ltd

Founded by five organisations involved in providing complementary services to heritage sites and buildings, ArchBlue Ltd’s aim is to provide an integrated service that will support site managers with the stewardship of historical assets such as castles and archaeological sites.

Services the consortium can provide include 3D measuring and modelling, archaeological recording and visualisation, conservation planning and 3D printing. Combined, these services provide customers with a comprehensive approach to heritage site management. Winning the Collaboration Prize will help them establish a brand identity for ArchBlue Ltd and market its services to potential customers…

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Ecosse From Above

An idea developed by pilots from three established drone and aerial imaging businesses, Ecosse from Above’s aim is to create a central resource for stock aerial photography of Scotland. A fourth member completes the collaboration – a web developer who will create the online infrastructure required to host the archive.

This will make members’ stock material more affordable and easier to access for a wide range of businesses including tourism providers and film makers, nationally and internationally.

It will also create a revenue stream for member photographers by creating a platform for marketing and selling archive material. The consortium hopes to open membership to other aerial photographers in the future…

An alliance of six literature organisations led by the City of Literature Trust and Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh’s Netherbow’s aim is to create a literature hub for Scotland on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Kettle of Fish

Kettle of Fish

It will achieve this by developing the existing honeycomb of buildings, gardens, closes and streetscapes in and around the Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House to create a physical presence for Edinburgh’s literature and Scotland’s culture.

Its role will be to increase the promotion of literature, support collaboration between literary and cultural organisations and improve Edinburgh’s international profile…

Kettle of Fish, which aims to create inspiring interactive storytelling apps for children, plans to use the Prize to formalise its collaboration and finance the development of its first story idea – ‘Crocodile on the Roof’.

Founded by Ping, BAFTA award-winning KO LIK Film and accomplished animation director Selina Wagner, the consortium will pool skills and resources to take each new story idea from start to finish. It will also create a platform for collaboration with other writers and artists as it develops new stories…

You can find out more about the Collaboration Prize here.

If you would like to find out more about collaborative business models, or if you would like to get in touch, visit here.