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Introducing the CFCP Creative Entrepreneurs Project

Changing Creatives Lives in Rural Communities

The Creative Entrepreneurs Project looks at how to develop an online system to directly help the creative sector in Rural Ireland generate employment and sustainability thereby creating jobs within the rural community.

The Centre for Creative Practices feels passionately about sustainability and social impact, particularly for creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations. We look at the increased social and economic benefits of a vibrant sustainable Creative sector.

Since its founding in 2009, CFCP has been continually advanced by students’ entrepreneurial drive and vision; the result has always been greater effectiveness in responding to emerging societal needs and in providing meaningful ways to make a difference.

THE CFCP CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS PROJECT

The Creative Entrepreneurs Project will be targeted at creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations and aims at raising the economic and social viability of creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations.

The project will look at the issue of sustainability of the creative sector. How creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations can utilise the resources, access to funding and new / alternative funding methods they have to insure the survival of a vibrant sector.

As we have been operating in the Creative sector both as a physical and virtual space for 6 years and the management team has over 35 combined years’ experience of working in the sector, we have established considerable links with creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations throughout the World.

Project Concept

The project comprise of an online space hosting Presentations / Mentoring sessions / Networking events / Workshops / Courses / Projects / Bootcamps and Research on the conditions of creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations.

There will be an annual 4 day summer school (Thursday to Sunday) and a 1 day conference to present updates on the projects and the research findings from the project as the culmination of all the work.

The project aims to give creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations the support and skills to build strong careers in the creative sector thereby creating jobs and employment within rural Ireland.

Another aim of the project is to look at the current situation of creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations within the Island of Ireland. We want to identify the needs and outcomes creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations expect and how these aims can be a achieved. The culmination of the research will be to see if the situation has changed over the course of the project for the participants and if the findings can be extended to other creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations in an Ireland and EU wide scenario.

Project Aims

To create over 50 new jobs in rural communities in the next 2 years.
Helping the Creative sector to become more professional in its business outlook
Build a sustainable Creative Sector
Making the Creative sector innovative and market proof
Make a positive impact on society and the economy
Make Ireland the hub and model for Creative entrepreneurship in Europe

Project Outcomes

The impact of the project:

Today

Promoting the idea of Entrepreneurship
Creative careers supported
Innovating the Creative Sector
Utilising potential
Creating sustainability within the sector

Tomorrow

More enterprises, organisations and entrepreneurs used to and utilising the concept of entrepreneurship
Better communication and engagement between the enterprises, organisations and entrepreneurs and the section of the society they impact on
By Engaging with different sectors the Creative Sector becomes better integrated in the society and the market
Less dependency on state funding
Developing further innovative models for the Creative Sector
Defining the needs and aims of creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations
Greater awareness of new and alternative funding options open to creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations

Forever

Entrepreneurship incorporated into education
Sustainable Sectors
Greater societal perception of the part played by the Creative Sector
Greater societal perception of the economic value of the Creative sector
Give creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations greater confidence to produce more socially engaging and impactful work
Awareness of the needs and resources that creative freelancers, enterprises and organisations need to sustain their professions

Satisfy the Project Aims

The Creative Entrepreneurs Project will:

Support economic growth by catering for businesses business start-ups at pre and post revenue stages;
Provide guidance and business development support;
Clearly identify financial sustainability attainment for enterprises through traditional and innovative means;
Build capacity and skills of the entrepreneurs;
Provide post start-up mentoring to ensure optimum economic impact on the community and increase survival rate;
Link entrepreneurs with appropriate networks
Evaluate Strategic Added Value of projects
Create an easily accessible multi-media tool box for applicants which can be used during all phases of the programme and beyond.

Creative Entrepreneurs Project Training & Mentoring

The CFCP Creative Entrepreneurs Project includes online training and mentoring built around 5 main modules:

The Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp and intensive 4 day online training programme
An online Incubator programme for Creatives in specific geographic locations
An online programme for Creatives looking to target export markets
An online programme for creative looking to get investor ready
Creative Artist Mentoring Project (CAMP) online one-to-one peer-to-peer mentoring programme over 3 months built on a structure environment with defined outcomes

Topics covered include:

Business planning/Management support
Marketing and communication
Human resources support and management
Fiscal reporting/obligations
Financial management
Legal requirements
Tendering/procurement processes
Stock and assets management

As well as:

Why
Purpose
Impact
Motivation
Pro-bono opportunities
Alternative methods of funding the organisation or certain projects

The training has been developed as a modular system where students can avail or all modules or only those modules that they feel applies to them.

The Space – an online hub for creative Entrepreneurs

The Space exists online. It provides participants on the project with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their enterprises, by tapping the collective knowledge within CFCP, project participants, and the larger entrepreneurial and community in Ireland area and beyond.

The Space offers:

Online resources – available to all project participants. Resources include research, information sheets, FAQ’s, articles, tips and hints. Participants are encouraged to include their own resources to help build the knowledge back for all participants.

Online meeting space – for groups or one-to-one communication including mentoring sessions, group classrooms, Q&A sessions and one-to-one meetings with mentors and clients.

Online Direct access – to mentors, funders, local business, local and national organisations and other project participants

creative entrepreneurs network – an online network dedicated to Creative Entrepreneurs, academics, institutions and others to discuss topics relevant to Creatives from best practice to funding opportunities. To include a number of physical networking nights throughout the year to encourage collaboration.

Online Hangouts – Including: Periscope / Blabs sessions on the latest trends, developments and opportunities in the sector, Webinars covering numerous topics from learning to Q&As

Online group meetings – A group meeting using go-to-meeting, where all participants can discuss topics / ideas / thoughts that are relevant to them in a group setting online

Networking Nights – A monthly networking and community night where you can for example pitch your idea, look for help in securing resources or where to go for funding or you are looking for help in one particular aspect of your venture. The network nights will also include talks by entrepreneurs, business leaders, funders, community groups and public bodies and every second month we will run a Fuckup night where we look at success and failure and how from failure we can define, motivate and learn to move forward.

Knowledge Repository

To build a repository of best practice and models around the teaching of Creative Entrepreneurship, the development of rural communities using the creative sector and giving sector specific knowledge to trainers, facilitators and mentors in the creative sector.

Pro Bono

An online platform provided for the Enterprises, Organisations and entrepreneurs on the project to scope their project to avail of offered pro-bone human resources.

Enterprises, Organisations and impact projects seek expertise in finance / sales / marketing / design / coding / project management etc.

Corporate professionals are seeking to offer quality voluntary work for projects they get excited about. Utilising the individual purpose of each individual allows them to support various causes to their best ability and is a great source of personal satisfaction and fulfilment.

Research

Research on the benefits of a sustainable economy and society by using the Entrepreneurship Programme

Creative Entrepreneurs Needs Assessment Surveys
Economic Impact of services / products / projects who completed the Project
Core Learning Objectives

A number of learning objectives have been established to ensure that participants in the project can access as much learning, methodology and practices as possible.

Participants will acquire, in addition to discipline-specific objectives, core learning objectives which are taught, practiced, and reinforced throughout the project. These include:

Communication skills, including oral (speaking and listening) and written (writing and reading) skills
Interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and to work cooperatively with others.
Computational skills, including applications of statistics.
Problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts.
Critical thinking skills in a variety of contexts.
Information competency skills: the ability to find, evaluate, use, and communicate information in all its various formats. Information competency, broadly defined, includes computer literacy, library literacy, media literacy, technological literacy, ethics, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Participants will be aware of issues like access and privacy, intellectual property, copyright and fair use, and the power and influence of information, including information provided in non-print media.
Able to create information and communicate it effectively
Intercultural awareness, including respect for people unlike yourself and the ability to take perspectives of and to interact positively with groups other than your own.
Intellectual flexibility, an openness to new ideas and an ability to adapt to a changing environment.
Understanding of societal values, needs and outcomes based on research, including distinguishing between empirical evidence and unsubstantiated claims.
Ethics, including an awareness of personal and others’ values and how they relate to ethical decision-making.
Conscientiousness, personal responsibility, and dependability

Participant learning outcomes

By the end of the project, participants will be able to acting as a catalyst for change by creating awareness of the social enterprise sector and enhance its perception through the provision of skills, learning abilities, upskilling, levering, defining and delivering projects to create the greatest social impact whilst maintaining the social and ethical values of the project and the community impacted.

Participants will have a clear understanding of the term entrepreneur. They will also have the skills to identify the change they are trying to make and the reasons for needing the change. They will also have the necessary skills to articulate that need to stakeholders, funders, other interested parties and members of the community they are impacting. Participants will also understand and be able to articulate what a social entrepreneur is, what their service product or project is, how it will satisfy the identified societal need.

Participants will have increased confidence in terms of future prospects for growth and have a greater awareness of the skills needed to deliver their projects by improving the workings, efficiency and effectiveness of enterprises.

Participants will also have been shown, addressed and practiced the skills necessary to:

Be able to demonstrate the Strategic Added Value and Local Need of their project
Be able to clearly identify the impact of the social issue their project addresses
Know what opportunities are available to them for financial support
Bring in outside investment to their service, product or project
Be able to use and identify alternative methods of funding
Be aware of the financial restrictions of the sector and the current lack of available finance;
Understand and articulate the nature and impact of social entrepreneurship.
Be able to prepare and write a business plan and an executive summary
Understand and be able to put in place good governance
Be able to and know how to set up a legal entity
Know the appropriate skills for financial forecasting, tendering/procurement, marketing
Be able to and know where to acquire help for training staff in professional development

The Creative Entrepreneurs Project will:

Support business start-ups at pre and post start stages;
Provide guidance and business development support;
Clearly identify financial sustainability attainment for enterprises through traditional and innovative means;
Build capacity and skills of Creative entrepreneurs;
Provide post start-up mentoring to ensure optimum economic impact on the community and increase survival rate;
Link Creative entrepreneurs with appropriate networks.
Evaluate Strategic Added Value of projects
Create an easily accessible multi-media tool box for applicants which can be used during all phases of the programme and beyond.

Technology

In the testing stage of the project we have used as standalone system the following software:

Vimeo – video delivery
Google Drive – document storage
Google Calendar – scheduling
Google Hangouts – for Blabs / group online get togethers
Slack – messaging software
Todoist – to do list software for Mac and PC
Skype
Go-to-meeting client software
Periscope
web cams and cameras
smart phone (IOS or Android)
printers and scanners

The aim now is to combine the technology into a dedicated suit that is controlled from one central website which allows participants to obtain courses, feedback direct from tutors and mentors, take part in the various sessions and build a dynamic eco-system for creative entrepreneurs. The aim is to reproduce an physical environment online.

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Celebrate with us a different & very social Valentines evening! Enjoy a participatory, frivolous performance, dream while listening to a heart-warming poetry reading. Celebrate your mate, great company of other people, a really cool venue and a glass of your favourite drink from the pub downstairs.
Catch up with old CFCP friends, meet new people and spend the night in he-arty style.
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Giving Creatives & Artists the Opportunity to Build Sustainable Careers

What I AM talking about here is the entrepreneurial skills creatives need to provide fulfilling sustainable careers, as to be honest, the lack of any basic entrepreneurial education taught in art colleges and schools at present is appalling.

Giving Creatives & Artists the Opportunity to Build Sustainable Careers

What I AM talking about here is the entrepreneurial skills creatives need to provide fulfilling sustainable careers, as to be honest, the lack of any basic entrepreneurial education taught in art colleges and schools at present is appalling.

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CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY bridges two apparently remote poles of human activities – CREATIVITY & BUSINESS to combat unemployment, create new jobs, support development & personal growth.

CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY at the Centre for Creative Practices is the first entrepreneurial offline and online development programme which combines a physical space for desk / office sharing, an incubator programme, and accelerator programme and access to other creatives, funders, mentors, resources for CREATIVES in Ireland helping them to become successful and sustainable entrepreneurs.

Creative Entrepreneurs Training

Creative Entrepreneurs Intensive Training Programme

3 - 5 February 2017

Ashford, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Early Bird Price €250 till 31 December 2016 then €300

You know that feeling? You want to develop your creative or artistic practice and give it some structure. But there is never enough time or resources to focus on the business side of your practice. On the other hand it drives you mad that it doesn’t work as it could and should. You are not making enough sales, not getting enough contracts or you simply do not know how to start to build a sustainable creative career.

We have been there ourselves and know exactly how frustrating it can be. All we can recommend to you is to STOP, take 2.5 days out and join us for our intensive Creative Entrepreneurs Training Programme.

You will spend this time working on the business side of your creative practice. Together with you we will (re)define where you are right now with your creative business and where you want to be. You will formulate goals and steps to take with the primary focus on your specific creative niche.

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