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[News] Abertay Prototype Fund offering £25,000 grant to start a games company

Have you been looking to start up a game dev company? The Abertay Prototype Fund is offering £25,000 grants in its latest funding round.

The Prototype Fund funds start-ups and young companies UK-wide who are creating new prototype games and interactive digital media. Applications should be made at

As well as improving access to funding  for young companies. Funded companies have the option of studio space, high-end computers and industry-standard software in the University of Abertay Dundee.

The Prototype Fund model has proven a success already, receiving over 200 applications, funding 35 projects, and with one funded company securing an £800,000 investment after initial funding of just £25,000. That business is currently preparing for launch behind closed doors.

Dundee-based Proper Games is another success story – it recruited the graduates who worked on their Prototype Fund project as full-time employees, to continue its development and also work on a new Facebook title.

Paul Durrant, Director of Business Development at Abertay University, said:

“This is an excellent, risk-free way of new and young companies raising enough money to build a small game or prototype.

“Applications to the Prototype Fund so far have shown massive untapped economic potential right across the UK.

“Unlocking all these potential new companies with a small upfront investment is a targeted, efficient way of boosting Britain’s economic growth – and the strength and breadth of our superb creative industries.”

Companies receiving up to £25,000 also get business mentoring and access to Abertay University’s computer games industry contacts.

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Prototype Fund recipients can also recruit talented graduates to support their project, in turn improving UK-wide skills level in this creative, high-growth sector.

Applications must be made by midday on Wednesday 18th July. Full details are available at

Daniel Ryan
Daniel Ryan
Daniel 'Sheriff Dan' Ryan is a long time Dungeon Master who has worked in Esports, Marketing, and writes about Gaming when the sun goes down.



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