Creative FED


At the late of 2022 the former European creative Business Network (ECBN) changed its name to The European Federation of Creative Economy (EFCE) - The Creative FED in short. As the successor to ECBN, the Creative FED continues to build on the achievements and results of previous experiences, projects and initiatives. We advocate for the dissemination and prolonged exploitation of these outcomes, ensuring that our efforts are focused on maximizing the impact of past and present projects in the cultural and creative industries.

Cyanotype September 2023 - December 2027

Cyanotype: anticipating creative futures

The CYANOTYPES project aims to develop a new skills blueprint for the European Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) based on green, digital, and resilient transformations. The project develops a methodology for analyzing existing cultural and creative educational programs, identifying skill gaps among creative talents, and defining future upskilling and reskilling activities for the sector. To achieve its goals of training, educating, and developing creative professionals for the future, and creating a level playing field for creative talents, the project will use a triple loop learning approach to create better educational training, including a train-the-trainer program and pilots. Additionally, the project will create a community of change and advocate for the CCIs to take a leading role in innovation, and for its creative workforce to transform the present and imagine futures.

DeuS January 2020 - January 2022

DeuS – Learn, Design, Create

DeuS is a regional Vocational Educational Training (VET) project in the cultural and creative sector joining relevant players from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Slovakia and UK. It is shaped around the Open Design School, the pillar project of Matera 2019, European Capital of Culture. The Open Design School is a design laboratory using a peer-to-peer approach, where professionals of any discipline work together sharing knowledge and expertise and testing the design solutions with the local community.

The project will: Identity and develop a learning and training approach (in accordance with ECVET and inspired by the EntreComp Framework) that is employability-driven and builds on pedagogies that draw on a work-based approach, along with a training and learning scheme that is expected to be open, inclusive and non-hierarchical; Develop a co-creation process involving local/regional CCI communities, policy makers and citizens in order to identify local challenges and generate solutions adoptable at EU level; Establish innovation hubs (Living Labs) that support SMEs, professionals and VET learners to conduct research and develop innovative products and services; Design a Knowledge Creative Platform specific to the CCI sector that becomes a point of reference for VET learners and trainers and all sectoral professionals, and Develop a financial model to promote sustainability that combines public and private funding and income-generating activities.

EXCITE 2.0 February 2018 – January 2020


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.

Co-Create 2019-2020


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).

European Creative Hubs 2016-2018


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.

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.

European Creative Hubs 2013-2015


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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