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.



Europe’s content industries: New opportunities for storytelling, funding and technology

ECBN Managing Director Bernd Fesel took part in this A Science|Business executive roundtable, supported by the European Commission and organised on the 11th April in Brussels. Source: https://sciencebusiness.net/events/europes-content-industries-new-opportunities-storytelling-funding-and-technology Europe's creative and cultural industries are vibrant and vast, representing 4.2% of the EU's GDP, employing 8.4 million - and enriching the lives of citizens everywhere. The EU entertainment software industry [...]


MILAN, JUNE 27th 2019 Does your startup operate in the Cultural and Creative Industries? Are you looking for strategic partners and financial resources to fully deploy your growth potential? The ArtLab Investment Forum is a project by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Media Deals and ECBN and part of ArtLab: the Italian independent platform dedicated to innovating practices [...]

APPLY NOW: OECD Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries | 16-20 June 2019 | Trento (IT)

2nd Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries (SACCI) APPLY NOW! Deadline for applications: 30 April 2019 Date: 16-20 June 2019   Place: Trento, Italy WHAT THE SUMMER ACADEMY OFFERS The Summer Academy provides training for policy makers and representatives of cultural and creativeindustries (CCIs). At the end of the course participants will acquire a deeper understanding of [...]

A Historic Day for the Cultural and Creative Industries

On March 20th. around 100 stakeholders and missionaires of the cultural creative sectors met upon invitation by Intergroup on Cultural Creative Industries, and leaded by MEP Dr. Christian Ehler and MEP Pervenche Berés, for a High-Level-Conference in the European Parliament. The main objective was to give answer to: What support does the CCS need from [...]

Building a Stronger Europe through Creative and Culture

European Parliament Creative Week The event will showcase the achievements of the European Parliament in the field of Cultural and Creative Industries. Furthermore it will explore future trends in the field of creative industries and digitalisation. ECBN Managing Director Bernd Fesel will take part in the conference as a guest speaker. Panel 1 Culture, Creativity [...]

The Co-Create Handbook for Creative Professionals is now online!

This document is a handbook for training yourself and others in collaborative design. In particular, it presents a methodology for developing train-the-trainer workshops on co-design. It can be used for accompanying co-design courses while it also features examples and practical information. This handbook has been created for both students and organizations interested in implementing co-design [...]

What is Co-Design?

Co-Design basics at one click! There is much in Co-Design for creative professionals. But, what are we talking about when we talk about Co-Creation or Co-Design? Co-Design is a process involving end-users, customers and other relevant stakeholders in the design process to ensure the outcome meets their needs. It is based on four steps: engage, [...]

New opportunities for Dutch young entrepreneurs in Serbia!

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 Serbian cultural and creative industries. COBA&ASSOCIATES: https://cobaassociates.com Great design studio, one of the best independent ones, specialized in branding, identity and packaging design. They can offer great [...]

New opportunities for young founders and new entrepreneurs in Spain!

Within the Excite 2.0 Erasmus for Your Entrepreneurs (EYE) Programme, we are looking for Dutch young founders or entrepreneurs (NE) willing to bring their innovative ideas into the following Spanish cultural and creative industries. KULTIBA: https://kultiba.net/ Kultiba is a cultural organization that advises and facilitates cultural changes in organizations. They would like a NE that [...]

Patricia Stark: “Co-design is not always easy, but in the end you achieve much more involvement and commitment towards the outcome”

Patricia is an expert on innovation, co-creation and creativity. She works together with industrial enterprises to unleash their creative potential in order to explore challenges and opportunities for the future. Patricia led a workshop on “How might we enable users to design the future together with us?” at the #CoCreateEU event held in Bilbao last November. [...]