Turn your gaming passion into a business with Dare+ - one week to apply!

For immediate release: Friday 29 June

Are you ready to turn your game-making passion into a business? 20 computer games enthusiasts have the opportunity to take part in a free one-month Dare+ residential masterclass with games industry expert Brian McNicoll.

Apply now at http://www.daretobedigital.com/148_Dare-.html The deadline is Friday 6 July.

Supported by Creative Scotland and the University of Abertay Dundee, Dare+ will support teams and individuals in developing their readiness to start a business with team building, mentoring and advice on business and technical skills

Dare+ is completely free for participants, with accommodation provided by Creative Scotland and Abertay University.

The one-month business masterclass runs from Monday 16 July to Sunday 12 August, finishing with the Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival.

Brian McNicoll said: “Running your own business is a tough, challenging but immensely rewarding experience I’d recommend to anyone with drive, determination and the willingness to learn.

“Dare+ is an incredible opportunity for any budding entrepreneur – a free, intense one-month masterclass in developing concepts, pitching, prototyping, planning your business, legally protecting yourself and attracting investment.

“I’m delighted to be part of such a brilliant initiative, and look forward to seeing Dare+ launch a few new entrepreneurs on their way!“

Elaine Russell, Dare to be Digital Project Manager, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for anyone excited about the possibility of running their own computer games company.

“You could be a recent graduate or a professional looking to bring your own games ideas to live. Over a month you’ll learn everything you need to run a successful, sustainable company – including creating a business plan to get your idea off the ground.”

Individuals and teams of no more than four individuals can apply to take part. Online application forms and all details are available at http://www.daretobedigital.com/148_Dare-.html

Brian McNicoll is a highly-experienced games industry entrepreneur who founded the BAFTA-award winning Dynamo Games back in 2004.

Dynamo is the developer of the Championship Manager series for mobile and many other successful titles across platforms such as Facebook, iPhone, iPad, PSP & Android. Brian is uniquely placed to support budding entrepreneurs with his mix of technical, creative design and commercialisation skills for gaming products.

He has now moved into consultancy and founded Haptic Play in early 2012.

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