Challenges for Startups

Sorry, you missed this one!

10am - 11am : Norwich Theatre, Stage Two

Adult only Careers Talk

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre St, Norwich, NR2 1RL

It has been a strange year for the Games Industry, but that hasn't discouraged a new generation of startup studios from emerging.

Join Melissa Phillips, Director of the Games Leadership Academy and Patron of the Norwich Games Festival as she explores some of the unique challenges startups face in the Games Industry landscape.

All participants will receive exclusive access to a comprehensive ‘Games Leadership Startup Checklist’, designed to equip them with the tools needed for success during this exciting, yet demanding, time.

Main Takeaways:

  • What are the three main challenges new startups face in 2024?

  • What steps can you take as a Leader of a new Startup to help create a strong foundation for your company?

  • What questions might you ask if you are planning to join a new startup?

This talk is suitable for anyone in the Games Industry currently interested in Starting, Joining or Leading a Startup Studio. It will be most useful for those in Leadership positions such as C-Suite, Director, Lead or Senior.

Recommended for those interested in starting, joining or leading a startup studio

Pay What You Can (£2, £4, £6 or £10)

Melissa Phillips is an Executive Coach and Leadership Psychologist having accumulated over a decade of Games Industry experience. Melissa's professional journey encompasses significant contributions across diverse sectors within the Games Industry. She has worked as Head of Studio, Operations Director and Consultant across a number of different Game Studios and Organisations as well as previously holding the position of Games Programme Manager at BAFTA Games where she helped champion the BAFTA Crew and BAFTA Young Game Designer Programmes.

Melissa is an experienced Coach and Consultant who holds a Diploma in Coaching from the University of Cambridge and is also an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching, a Coach Member of the International Coaching Federation and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society. Melissa currently acts as a Consultant for independent studios and is actively making games.

The Games Leadership Network CiC ( aims to promote and improve leadership skills in the games industry through it’s free programmes and events.

The Games Leadership Academy ( is an online training Academy dedicated to producing paid Leadership resources and training materials for the Games Industry.