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 to contextualise Nesta’s business method.

In Ukraine the programme was launched in 2015. So far we have delivered 11 training sessions for 241 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.
  • 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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