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.



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 [...]

Start-ups in Israel

Innovative Israel Dan Senor and Saul Singer in 2009 published their book ‘Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle’. The authors raise and answer the question why Israel, a young and small country with hardly any natural resources and surrounded by ennemies, has more start-ups than large and peaceful countries like Japan, China, India [...]