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Silver Script Games scoops national award for innovation

·      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.

·      Alyx Jones from Surrey is among the award winners, aiming to lift stigma around mental health issues through the unique platform of a video game.




 

Alyx Jones, Founder of Silver Script Games from Surrey has scooped a national award from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. The prestigious award will support them to grow their innovative business idea which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues related to childhood abuse.

 

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.

 

Alyx Jones is among the 233 high-potential innovators who has been awarded a £50,000 grant. Critically, they will also receive 12 months of tailored business support to help them grow, stimulating the UK’s economy.




 

Alyx Jones’s idea aims to lift stigma around mental health issues by telling her auto-biography within a video game entitled “The Quiet Things”. The game is a first person narrative game, where the player can move through environments, interact with objects and hear dialogue replay as audio memories. The player can read real diary entries kept as a child and teenager (with names and places changed to protect individual identities), and the game will have a full voice cast featuring Emily Burnett (Hollyoaks, The Dumping Ground), Dave Jones (Baldur’s Gate 3) and Iestyn Arwel (Right Now, 35 Awr).

 

“We are incredibly thankful to receive not just the funding but also the support from Innovate UK at such a crucial time in the games development. To have our game recognised and championed by such a competitive scheme means so much to myself and the team.” – Alyx Jones (Founder, Silver Script Games)





In line with the UK’s growing appetite for innovation, this new award programme was amongst the most highly engaged funding competitions Innovate UK has ever delivered - with over 2,100 entrepreneurs applying for funding and business mentorship. There is an urgent need to transform the UK’s skills and talent pipeline, through inspiring and connecting people to new opportunities and pathways into innovation. Innovate UK estimates that, to achieve the UK’s full economic potential, 400,000 more innovators need to be supported, from entrepreneurs to engineers.

 

Coinciding with the Awards announcement, Innovate UK has joined forces with over 150 partner organisations to launch its free and accessible No Limits digital platform, which makes it easy for aspiring innovators to discover new career paths, sharpen their skills and access opportunities to develop life-changing innovations and future-proof the UK economy.

 

If you’re an aspiring innovator, or a business looking to connect with new talent, check out nolimits.ukri.org to find support and inspiration.

 

The Quiet Things can be wishlisted on Steam here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2288520/The_Quiet_Things/

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