Who we are

European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is a network of creative development agencies and creative centres. Our mission is to support the creative and cultural industries to internationalise – to do business and to collaborate across Europe

What we do

ECBN provides European Services and Tools to its members, like creative companies and entrepreneurs, agencies and creative centres, cities and regions – such as Trade Missions, Easy Landing Points or Digital Marketplace, which are defined and developed further on a year to year basis in ECBN board meetings.



2021: UNCTAD declares International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

This blog has been published by UNCTAD. The creative economy, in some ways, defies definition almost by definition. But its significant 3% contribution to global gross domestic product (GDP) makes it a powerful emerging economic sector that is being strengthened by a surge in digitalization and services. Its contribution is likely to grow, say those monitoring [...]

How cultural aspects are important for sustainable development?

4th edition of the International Award UCLG - Mexico  City - Culture 21 The call for applications for the 4th edition of the International Award UCLG - Mexico  City - Culture 21 is now officially open! Good practices from cities, local and regional governments, as well as substantial contributions by individuals in the field of culture [...]

Creative FLIP announces the “CCS Ecosystems: FLIPPING THE ODDS” Conference

A two-day high-level stakeholder event jointly organized with the European Commission, DG Education and Culture WHEN: 28-29 January 2020 WHERE: LaVallée Creative Hub - Molenbeek Rue Adolphe Lavallée 39, 1080 Brussels PROGRAMME: https://bit.ly/2PTV8wj BACKGROUND For many years, better access to finance and improving innovation, entrepreneurship, as well as support-ecosystems for cultural and creative sectors (CCS) have been high on the [...]

How can cultural and creative spillovers help us understand sustainability within the arts, culture and creative industries?

By Nicole McNeilly Between 2 - 5 October 2019 in Dijon, cultural academics, researchers and managers from across the world met for ENCATC’s Annual Congress, hosted by the Burgundy School of Business. It was an opportunity to present Cultural and creative spillovers in Europe - a follow-up review, an evidence review that was commissioned by [...]

The Creative FLIP (“Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting”) for CCIs has prepared a survey for policy makers

The time has come to prepare for a stock-taking meeting, foreseen under the EU Workplan for Culture 2019-2022 on CCS financing and innovation. In order to do this, the pilot project FLIP (“Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting”) for CCIs has prepared a survey for policy makers, the last questions are also centered specifically about how [...]

Innovation in the Creative Industries

The European Institutes of Innovation and Technology wants to start of a Knowledge and Innovation Community for the Cultural Creative Industries. EIT Invests in Innovation Structures and Systemic Change Since its launch the European Institutes of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has fostered eight Innovation Communities and each focused on a different societal challenge. Several Billions Euro [...]

Heritage For Future – An Innovation Action in Prague, Oct 7 – 9 2019

ECBN facilitates an Ideation Process for Culture Heritage in the Digital Age and generates four Startup-Ideas The European Year of Culture Heritage: Spillovering to the Future The European Year of Culture Heritage 2018 has highlighted the multifaceted potential of heritage in the context of the societal challenges. No Future for Europe without the future potentials [...]

New opportunities for Dutch young entrepreneurs in Sweden!

Within the Excite 2.0 Erasmus for Your Entrepreneurs (EYE) Programme, we are looking for Dutch young founders or entrepreneurs willing to bring their innovative ideas into the following Swedish host entrepreneurs: Toppen 77 A small but interesting business which wants to host, especially a graphic designer, product designer, or business development-person. They want to find [...]

“The Kreativwirtschaftseffekt – The CreativeIndustriesEffekt”

Innovation for the creative industries and by creative professionals was the overarching theme of this year's 9th European Creative Industries Summit (# ECIS2019) in Helsinki. For the Kreativwirtschaft  Austria (KAT) one of the main partners of the # ECIS2019, the creative industries sector plays an important role in the European innovation landscape. Creative companies are crucial to the growth [...]

“Creative Industry is here for Happiness and Well-Being“

350 policy makers, stakeholders and civil servants in the Cultural Creative Industries met in the former Finnish cable factory and Nokia production centre Kaapeli from September 10 to 11 2019 for the 9th European Creative Industries Summit (EICS) and dinner of the Finnish EU-Presidency. Hanna Kosonen, Finnish Minister for Culture and Science, set the wider [...]