ECBN engages in European research and action projects developed by international consortiums under different EU and international programmes and funding lines.



EXCITE 2.0 represents the consortium of 8 partners – Intermediary Organizations in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme with a particular focus on entrepreneurship in Creative and Culture Industries: Creative Industry Košice; European Creative Business Network; Ale municipality; Creative Region Linz and Upper Austria; City of Gelsenkirchen; Poligon; Kulturni Kod and C2MASI. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs (New Entrepreneurs) the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs (Host Entrepreneurs) running small businesses in other participating countries.

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CO-CREATE is a European cooperation project aimed at creating and distributing a brand new curriculum on co-design: a set of valuable design skills that has gained increased relevance in recent years and can no longer be ignored. The curriculum will allow education institutions across Europe to provide their students with all the hands-on knowledge they will need to apply this process to their future professional practice. It is funded under the Erasmus+ framework and ECBN is part of the consortium, together with Creative Region (Austria), University of Art and Design (Austria), Academy of Fine Arts and Design (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Deusto University (Spain) and Creative Industry Kosice (Slovakia).

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European Creative Hubs Network is a project aimed at helping creative hubs connect and collaborate across Europe. We are building a network community of creative hubs by hosting a series of people to people encounters, and we are preparing a bespoke training programme. British Council is leading the work, in partnership with six European creative hubs – Bios (Greece), Roco (UK), betahaus (Germany), Kulturni Kod/Nova Iskra (Serbia), Creative Edinburgh (UK) and Factoría Cultural (Spain) – and the ECBN. The project is co-funded by the European Commission, through the Creative Europe programme, and is part of the EC strategy on Culture in External Relation.

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EXCITE (2015-2017)

EXCITE is a project under the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme, a programme aiming to stimulate growth and entrepreneurship throughout Europe by financially supporting young entrepreneurs looking for experience and senor knowledge abroad. Within this programme, EXCITE represented a consortium of 7 partners – of which ECBN is one – with a particular focus on stimulating entrepreneurship in the Creative and Cultural Industries. The seven EXCITE partners are: Košice 2013, European Creative Business Network, Ale municipality, Creative Region Linz and Upper Austria, Peopleing Estudio Bilbao, City of Gelsenkirchen and IT Valley Košice.

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ACE CREATIVE (2015-2016)

ACE Creative (Accelerating Creative Business) was a project part of Horizon 2020 which over the course of two years supported 100 new and emerging creative companies in the EU to accelerate their growth and development. The selected SMEs (50 per year) could benefit from their very own customised support programmes delivered by ACE Creative. The international team aided in identifying clients, investors and contacts that could help begin the process of international growth. Project partners were: ECBN, EBN, CEEI de Asturias, Novitech a.s., META Group, Media Deals, Technoport, bwcon, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Creative Business Cup.

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Europeana Creative was an exciting European project set out to demonstrate that Europeana, the online portal providing access to more than 40 million digitised cultural heritage objects from Europe’s libraries, museums, archives and audiovisual collections, can facilitate the creative re-use of digital cultural heritage content and associated metadata. 26 partners from 14 European countries with diverse backgrounds contributed to the project by developing a number of pilot applications focused on design, tourism, education and social networks. Building on these pilots, a series of open innovation challenges were launched with entrepreneurs from the creative industries to identify, incubate and spin-off more viable projects into the commercial sector.

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