Opportunities for Creative Enterprise Ukraine Alumni Network

Opportunities for the Creative Enterprise Alumni

As of May 2020, the Creative Enterprise Ukraine community includes 623 alumni. More than 70 of them received further post-training support for their projects. Such support includes mentorships, strategic sessions, consultations, participation in a peer group, as well as cash seed-funding and prizes from programme partners. 

Opportunities are available for alumni of the Creative Enterprise Ukraine since the programme launch in 2015. In order to receive an individual support, one needs to apply for a regular open call, opening each half a year. Selection is done by the Programme team.

In every open call you can choose among the following options:

  • Consultation;
  • Six-month Business Mentorship;
  • Strategic Session.

Throughout one round you may apply for several opportunities, indicating their priority order. However, please, mind that in a year you, as the programme alumnus(a), can receive only one mentorship or a strategy session. For instance, if you received any of the two in the first round of opportunities (January 2020), you are entitled to receive the next mentorship or a strategy session in a year’s time (not earlier than the third round). This rule does not apply to consultations, therefore in one year you can use a consultation, and later receive either a mentorship or a strategy session. 

Apart from distributing individual support, once a year we also hold a pitching competition among alumni of the recent training sessions. Here they compete for a seed-funding award to take their business to the next level. Learn more here.

At this instance, the second open call of opportunities for Creative Enterprise Alumni is closed.

Next round of opportunities – December 2020

In case of questions, please, write to ce@britishcouncil.org.ua

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Consultation

Consultation is ideal for cases of specific operational challenges. This format offers an expert’s knowledge without getting in-depth into your idea/project. Namely, the expert can share his/her experience in facing similar situations, evaluate your case and form key factors for development. 

Duration: 2 hours

How often: 1 time

Format: online talk or offline (if you are based in the same city with an expert, travel expenses are not covered).

Six-month Business Mentorship

This opportunity offers getting critical answers for developing your business further. Mentorship may be considered as a long-term path for your enterprise growth, a period to evaluate your decisions and hypotheses. A working plan is shaped with your mentor at the first session. Business mentorship is expected to focus on your business needs rather than personal development.

Duration: 6 sessions, 2 hours each.

How often: 1 session per month. Overall, business mentorship lasts no longer than 6 months.

Format: online talk or offline (if you are based in the same city with an expert, travel expenses are not covered).

Strategic Session

A strategic session is an intensive work on a long-term vision for your enterprise development. It is critical that your business partners also join the session and work with you as a team. 

Duration: 2 sessions, entire day each.

How often: 1 session per month. 

Format: offline (the expert arrives at the location organised by the group, expert travel fees covered). When necessary, strategic session can be delivered online.