Creative entrepreneurs are pivotal figures for the creative economy: by bridging the gap between artists and consumers, they drive forward the development of the creative and cultural industries.

Supporting the development of Ukraine’s creative economy is one of our arts’ programme key objectives. We seek to enable businesses in the cultural sector to become more competitive, profitable and sustainable.

We have partnered with Nesta in the UK, disseminating their creative business training methodology around the world, helping creative entrepreneurs acquire the knowledge and the skills to strengthen their businesses and/or transform an idea into a sustainable enterprise.

In Ukraine, the programme is delivered in partnership with creative hubs across the country as well as with  PwC, who help contextualise Nesta’s business method.

In Ukraine the programme was launched in 2015. So far we have delivered 8 training sessions for 179 young entrepreneurs in 6 cities across the country. 


  • Participants should come from business or startups in any of the following sectors: publishing, design, fashion, architecture, visual arts, music, theatre/dance, film, radio/TV, photography, video games, digital media, festival management, creative hubs, IT solutions for cultural/creative initiatives, crafts, etc..
  • Sector-specific training for fashion entrepreneurs is open for the following areas of activities: creation of prêt-a-porter brands, IT solutions for fashion (applications and new technologies in clothes design), fashion photography (street style and glossy editions), stylists, PR consultancy, fashion marketing, production of shows, fashion illustration, fashion media (blogs, web sites, glossy editions).
  • Creative Enterprise Ukraine is designed for entrepreneurs at the very start of their business career. It is recommended that participants are either established entrepreneurs with no more than 2 years of experience, or people at a pre-trading stage, with a creative idea which they wish to turn into a business. 

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