The European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is a unique not for profit foundation based in Rotterdam. It was initiated during the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 and founded in 2011 by the european centre for creative economy in cooperation with the Creative Factory Rotterdam, Creative England, Kreativwirtschaft Austria and Creative Industry Košice.
ECBN is an independent foundation and funded by its member fees and in kind contributions.
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 EU’s work force, creating approximately EUR 509 billion in value added to GDP.” (Coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industrie (2016/2072(INI)).