iMayflower is designed to build Plymouth’s Creative Industries and nurture creative people power across the city. Delivered by a consortium comprising the University of Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, Destination Plymouth, Mayflower 400, Plymouth College of Art and the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), the project includes a £3.5 million grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund, which invests in creative, cultural and heritage initiatives that lead economic growth and productivity. 

iMayflower will leverage the Mayflower 400 Culture and Heritage Programme as a platform from which to launch a sustainable step change in Plymouth's Creative Economy and make Plymouth a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

Key investment areas include:

  • Place shaping - delivering large scale cultural and creative events to inspire and enrich lives e.g. the Illuminate light festival, in which the University is a key partner.
  • Creative sector business support - growing our cultural and creative sector businesses, with a particular focus on immersive media and digital fabrication.
  • Skills and learning programme - increasing the creative and business skills of our young people, communities, graduate and professionals.
  • Access to innovative finance - providing accessible start-up and scale-up funding for businesses in the Creative Economy from Creative England, Crowdfunder and others.



Strengthening creative people power 

Challenge yourself and challenge the ‘normal’. Be part of iMayflower’s leadership programme where Plymouth’s cultural and creative talents, digital excellence and key economic sectors (marine, health, manufacturing, tourism) will come together to shape a vibrant future for the city.

iLEAD is looking for a small group of passionate leaders with the energy and commitment to create a new model of inclusive leadership.

If this is you, find out more about iLEAD

Pairing talented students with local businesses

As part of the University of Plymouth’s commitment to enhancing the productivity of the regional Creative Economy and supporting businesses through the economic recovery period, we are piloting an innovative new scheme to pair local businesses with talented students and graduates in order to undertake a defined project or R&D challenge.

Our new schemes are designed to deliver mutual benefits – helping to support the business community whilst delivering unprecedented learning experiences for our students and recent graduates.

Find out more about our Innovative Placements Scheme

Are you a creative practitioner looking to make your new ideas a reality or grow your business?

iMayflower can help you achieve your goals. Our team will work with you to assess your needs and identify ways that iMayflower and our partners can address them. We work with anyone from self-employed individuals to mature businesses; whatever stage you are at, the iMayflower team is here to support you and enable your business to flourish. 

Please get in touch with us at and one of our team will be in touch to start the conversation.

<p>Illuminate 2019</p>
<p>iMayflower gallery</p>
<p>Illuminate Light Festival 2017</p>
<p>iMayflower workshop - square</p>

iMayflower (Cultural Development Fund)