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Kate Killick, CEO of Glowfrog Games

Kate Killick, CEO of Glowfrog Games – Courtesy of Glowfrog Games

  • Innovate UK is delivering a £6.2 million* boost to the UK’s future innovation leaders.
  • 233 high-potential entrepreneurs from every nation and region of the UK receive funding and tailored business support.
  • BAFTA-winning game designer Kate Killick is among the awardees with her new women-led game studio, Glowfrog Games.

Kate Killick, CEO at Norwich based Glowfrog Games, and BAFTA award-winning game designer has scooped a national funding award from Innovate UK. The prestigious award will support the studio with their first project, Pieced Together, an innovative game that aims to fill the gap of games made by and for women. 

The award further solidifies the East of England as a growing presence in the game development arena, boasting a number of projects which have received both critical and commercial success, including soon-to-launch debut puzzle game, Paper Trail, from Norwich based Newfangled Games.

Building on the success of Innovate UK’s targeted programmes, like Women in Innovation and Young Innovators, this latest funding is designed to find and support the fresh innovation talent the UK needs. As part of the award, Glowfrog Games will receive £15,000 and 12 months of tailored business support to help them grow.The award comes at a critical time for gender diversity in the games industry, following a recent report underscoring the funding gap faced by women seeking investment for their studios.

Speaking on the award, Kate was quick to highlight the need for funding for Indie developers in commercialising game opportunities, as well as to support diverse founding teams. “I’m thrilled to have this support from Innovate UK to help launch Glowfrog Games, and to be part of the vibrant, growing games industry in East Anglia, and the cluster that we are developing here in Norwich.” -said Kate. “It comes at a time where the games industry is in a state of realignment and smaller, start-up studios like Glowfrog Games can have a big impact on the future of the UK games industry. Diverse founding teams have historically been under-represented and this is a small step in supporting and backing the future of the industry.” 

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