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.



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. [...]

Innovating Creative Industries – Innovative Interactions at ECBN Member Forum 2019

Next 8-9 March 2019 ECBN is celebrating its annual Members’ Forum in Hamburg, Germany. Under the theme “Innovating Creative Industries”, this two-day event will gather experts from across Europe to discuss on key developments for the cultural and creative sectors with a special focus on innovation. On March 7, participants will be welcome by ECBN [...]

Maarten Pieters: “Existing forms of co-creation will merge with AI techniques and will strengthen each other”

Co-design 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 for their product or service such as a better fit to the [...]

2018: ECBN is present in all 28 EU-Nations !

Its 66 industry defining members, currently stemming from 28 EU countries, are leading agencies, funders and intermediaries promoting the cultural and creative industries on local, regional and/or national level. Together, they account for approximately 70% of the workforce in cultural creative industries in Europe, some “12 million full-time jobs, which amounts to 7.5 % of the [...]

2nd Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries (SACCI)

SAVE THE DATE 2019 | 17-21 June, Trento, Italy The Summer Academy provides training for policy makers and representatives of cultural and creative industries (CCIs). At the end of the course participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the sector, its needs and dynamics and develop expertise in putting in place effective and integrated strategies [...]

A New Programme for an Inclusive and Creative Society with 3,0 Billion Euro

–  The European Parliament adopted the new Research and Innovation Programme 2021-2017 – "This is a historic vote for Europe: all political groups together calling for a more ambitious research and innovation programme. A budget increase to €120bn is the minimum for Horizon Europe to assure that European industry remains competitive compared to the United [...]