Friday, 23 January 2009

Friday, 23 January 2009

Kempt Selected for NESTA Mentoring Programme

We are very pleased to announce that Kempt has been selected as one of only 8 UK companies to receive regular mentoring assistance from two top-level industry executives via a pilot scheme run by NESTA as part of their "Raise the Game" initiative which aims to to help drive growth, collaboration and innovation in the UK video games industry.

"It's very difficult to articulate how important this is to Kempt and how privileged we feel to be selected" said Chris Kempt - MD and Founder of the company, "My team at Kempt have achieved some remarkable things over the last few years and I'm very pleased that NESTA have recognised this in accepting us for the scheme, it feels like getting an OBE or something!"

Under the scheme Kempt will be regularly assisted by two very able mentors: Games/mobile games industry entrepreneur John Chasey and Advertising industry heavyweight Steve Taylor who, over the next twelve months, will bring their considerable experience to bear in order to help Kempt to make their next big steps and become a truly world-class organisation.

John is a veteran from the mobile games industry (and the console games sector before that!). He founded award-winning mobile game studio IOMO and built it up before its acquisition in 2004 and after a stint with a NASDAQ listed corporate entity John is back working with a number of smaller entities including Kempt.

Steve has been innovating in media, broadcasting, publishing and communications for three decades. He is currently responsible for innovation at Aegis Media, the UK's most successful media agency group. He integrates strategic direction and leadership mentoring to help evolve and grow businesses, especially those in emerging digital and creative industries.

"It's an huge honour to be working with two individuals with John and Steve's experience and skill" said Chris, "I think the next twelve months will be extremely exciting for all of us, so watch this space!"

The "Raise the Game" mentoring scheme started in January and runs throughout 2009.