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.



CoCreation: Training the Skills for the Next Industrial Revolution

What is CoCreation and how do you teach and train it ? "co-create describes an approach to design that attempts to actively involve all stakeholders (e.g. employees, partners, customers, citizens, end users) in the design process to thus ensure the result meets their needs and is ultimately usable. This brings about a great range of benefits [...]

MEX 2017 – 1st ECBN Member Exchange

This year, ECBN presented a new format for members – a speed-dating to help find partners in Europe for collaborations in 2018/19 - be it international input for local projects, partners for EU-funded multi-annual applications or foreign best practices for the own development. Or to look for inspirations and ideas from EU-partners!   This year´s [...]

The 7th European Creative Industries Summit 2017 – The Presentations of Innovation Practices and Policies

Innovation Practices Push Priority of Creative Industries within European Innovation Agenda The 7th European Creative Industries Summit 2017 on November 27 in Brussels put the latest innovative policies and practices in innovation on the table. Its aim: To underpin the Initiative Report on Cultural Creative Industries, adopted by the European Parliament in December 2016, for [...]

CoCreating Future CoCreation or: what do Eindhoven and Ljubljana share in October 2017 ?

CoCreating Future CoCreation or: what do Eindhoven and Ljubljana share in October 2017 ? "Can design tackle the really big problems facing the world?“ - this probing question gained global attention in October 2017 as Dezeen and Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven teamed up to address this topic in a series of free discussions on [...]

Creative Industries in Kazachstan: Artificial Imagination?

By Frits Grotenhuis In 1991, Kazachstan in central Asia became independent of the former USSR. Since that time, the 8th largest country in the world rapidly developed. In 1997 the former capital city Alma Aty was replaced by Astana, a new-designed city. This has resulted in a futuristic skyline designed by international architects. The economy [...]

The 1st Forum Creative Ukraine – A Great Step towards Creative Industries in Europe

The International Forum Creative Ukraine from October 19-20 in Kiev was a big first mover for framing policies and markets for the cultural and creative entrepreneurs in the Ukraine - and the European Creative Business Network (ECBN), Rotterdam, is proud to have been part of this movement. "The forum is aimed to promote and enforce [...]

Hands-on Guide: from creative industries to the wider economy ?!

Researchers and practitioners suffer alike when it comes to cross-overs between creative industries and other sectors in the wider economy: Insights and empirical results are lacking to derive a theory as well as concrete guidelines, a double gap: Why and How ? In a new - by the International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries [...]