Connect. Collaborate. Create.

Hi3 Network is a Research, Development, and Innovation project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Valued in excess of £6m it is the largest ERDF grant awarded in the South East LEP region.

European Regional Development Fund
European Regional Development Fund


Hi3 Network aims to connect Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with researchers and experts from a cross-section of creative industry organisations. The project is free and can support any SMEs within England, no matter what industry, no matter how mature the business. The project is a gateway for businesses to adopt new immersive technologies, collaborate with other companies in the region, and network with industry leaders from BAFTA and BFI. The network is partnered with Creative Folkestone, Screen South alongside Maidstone Studios, London Southbank University, and Canterbury Christ Church University. Its geography is strategically designed to maximise engagement with the creative industries across the South East of England to capitalise on London's notable creative drift out to the coastal communities.


Hi3 Network hosts a cloud infrastructure for collaboration and production with both a virtual and physical presence while offering studio and co-working hubs across three locations. These locations and cloud connectivity foster creativity and entrepreneurial thinking, enabling SMEs to work with researchers and tech specialists in purpose-built spaces or remotely across the world. A networking event programme will run simultaneously alongside the applied research and development activity at each hub. A creative community will be established, encouraging knowledge share, co-working, and collaboration.

SMEs will be given the opportunity to win 24 Innovation Vouchers as part of an ongoing programme of events. These vouchers have a market value of £20,000 and will provide longer-term access to the network's studio spaces and researchers.


Canterbury Christ Church University has particular research specialisms in Animation, Digital Design, Gaming, Film, Music Production, Photography, and Television. It is experienced working with organisations to collaborate, innovate and carry out research that addresses specific problems.

With a focus on moving images, including editing, post-production, and immersive technologies, Hi3 Network is a community of experimentation and innovation for all industries. It supports the exploration of new digitised products, services, or entertainment for their customers, in addition to developing existing ones into new products for their company or, more excitingly, the market.

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