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MDS Studios is a Business Incubator Programme run by the Media Design School. Each year we accept 2-3 teams of final year students from across the School into the summer Programme to incorporate their own startup studio or business, and develop a creative technology project for commercial release. 


PROGRAMME DETAILS

4 Months of incubation in MDS Studios   MDS Studios is a 16 week Programme focused on establishing your startup to operate independently. Kicks off early December and rounds up by end of March.

4 Months of incubation in MDS Studios

MDS Studios is a 16 week Programme focused on establishing your startup to operate independently. Kicks off early December and rounds up by end of March.

Entrepreneurial co-working office space for your team   Based out of the funky GRIDAKL Lysaght Building in Wynyard Innovation Quarter, Teams will be immersed with like-minded entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurial co-working office space for your team

Based out of the funky GRIDAKL Lysaght Building in Wynyard Innovation Quarter, Teams will be immersed with like-minded entrepreneurs.

Software and hardware supplied   MDS Studios will cover the cost of necessary software licenses for the duration of the programme. Necessary computer hardware supplied.

Software and hardware supplied

MDS Studios will cover the cost of necessary software licenses for the duration of the programme. Necessary computer hardware supplied.

Mentorship & professional advice   We will connect teams with relevant professional advisors. Teams will be exposed to regular industry talks and access advice from industry experts and studio owners.

Mentorship & professional advice

We will connect teams with relevant professional advisors. Teams will be exposed to regular industry talks and access advice from industry experts and studio owners.


ELIGIBILITY

You and your team must meet the following eligibility requirements to register for the programme:

  • All applicants must be enrolled as full-time students at Media Design School.

  • All third-year students are eligible to apply to the programme.

  • Any other students who demonstrate potential for commercial success will be invited to apply at the discretion of Media Design School.


TIMELINE

  1. Expression of Interest phase - opens early October.

  2. Interested teams will be required to prepare a Business Plan (template provided) and submit this by late October.

  3. Successful applicants will be notified in November if they have been selected to join the Programme.

  4. The MDS Studios Programme will formally begin on early December.

  5. The Programme concludes by end of March, however continued support and access to GridAKL can be negotiated.



Sponsors and Partners

The following companies are supporting the GRADUATE BUSINESSES with services and advice:

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GRIDAKL

The GridAKL Management team has kindly welcomed the 2018 MDS Studios Programme to be hosted in the Lysaght Building in Wynyard Innovation Quarter.

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WYNN WILLIAMS

The Wynn Williams Corporate Advisory team will be assisting the accelerator companies on their establishment and shareholder arrangements, as well providing legal advice on commercialisation.

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OXYGEN ADVISORS

Oxygen Advisors are providing early stage accounting services and financial advice for the graduate businesses to give them the best possible platform for success.

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PIKPOK GAMING

Mario Wynands of PikPok Gaming will provide mentoring and advice to the graduate businesses to help guide them on the path to establishing their own independent studios.



Programme Alumni

a few examples of teams that have completed the Programme and formed their own studios:

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Lunar Rooster (2016)

Lunar Rooster have created a unique take on multiplayer FPS - think Mario Smash Bros meets Overwatch, set in the Wild West. Sky Noon doesn’t have health bars – instead players use push and pull combat on a floating island landscape. It’s a high intensity and fast paced experience where you need to outflank and outplay your opponents to knock them off The Floating Frontier!

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RAGEQUIT STUDIOS (2017)

SRC: Sprint Robot Championship is a science fiction racing game that combines sprinting with parkour free running. Players can sprint, dash, jump and slide across a wide range of tracks. Set the fastest times by finding the optimal path to take while avoiding the many track challenges, by jumping and crouching over and under obstacles. There is no speed limit!   

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Clockwork Giants (2017)

Introspect is a fast-paced third-person boss rush shooter that's all about darting around massive mechanical bosses and out-maneuvering them to take them down. By sliding, grappling and super-jumping, players are able to challenge huge threats with an unprecedented level of speed and verticality.      -