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Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

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Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

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.

Following the findings of the European Commission recognising that successful Creative Entrepreneurs are priceless for sustainable development, strong identity of regions and small countries, we provide affordable and flexible online and offline training, mentoring and resources to develop and strengthen Creative Entrepreneurship in Ireland.

Also 85% of people working in the creative sector are freelancers or Micro SME’s and as neither business or entrepreneur skills are taught in HE or FE then they are lacking in skills to build or manage their careers.

Lack of Business Support for Creative Entrepreneurs

CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY is particularly aimed at communities in Ireland to stimulate their economic and social growth through creation of new jobs in creative micro-SMEs and SMEs.

Helping the Creative Sector to apply sustainable business practices will also encourage traditional businesses to expand their offerings towards the Creative Sector and further advance the economy.

Creative Economy – a new opportunity for rural development
The creative economy is a globally significant growth sector with above average sectoral growth trends. Evidence also suggests that a prosperous creative sector leads to greater potential sustainability for the locality in which they are situated. The recent work of the Western Development Commission* has identified that the Creative Sector is potentially critical for sustainable growth in rural Ireland. It is forecasted the Sector could help to create 17,000 potential jobs in the Western region alone.

CEDRA** has recently stated the need for economic development strategies to include a specific focus on the development of the Creative Sector due to its high potential to support rural economic development in the future.

Creative Economy – a new opportunity for Creatives to make a living from their creative work

Creatives are missing the skills necessary to set up and run sustainable businesses, they don’t learn how to communicate with their customers and how to address their needs.

To utilise the economic and human potential of the Creative Sector an Ecosystem needs to be created that connects Creatives with society and benefits both.

Currently, there is no tailored entrepreneurial programme available to Creatives in Ireland. It is a Europe-wide cultural and structural problem that Creatives are trained to produce great work do but are not trained how to make their living. Missing the basic business skills makes Creatives depending on the state or private funding which is scarce and unsustainable.

Our Creative Entrepreneurship Academy gives people like you the tools allowing you to run your own creative business.

Creative Sector’s Economic Disadvantage

“The average (mean) income of professional ROI artists from their work as artists was under €15,000 in 2008, with 50% of artists earning €8,000 or less from their work as artists. When income from all sources (including social welfare) is taken into account, the average (mean) income for an ROI artist in 2008 was just over €25,000, with 50% of artists earning €19,832 or less.” – in: The Living and Working Conditions of Artists in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, p.10 (there is no latest data in this field but it can be expected that due to the recession the average income from creative work went significantly down).

Customers and users for Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

• Creative Freelancers – both established and new to the market (includes Creatives of all disciplines, based on the last statistical data available by the Art Council there is over 98,000 individual Creatives in Ireland)
• Creative micro-SMEs and SMEs willing to expand or sustain or review their operations. Currently there is no data in Ireland on the number of Creative SMEs in the country
• Creative Organisations & Institutions wanting to expand, sustain or review the economic side of their operations
• Creative Students & Graduates looking to build strong careers in the Creative Sector
• Local Enterprise Offices looking to include Creatives in their areas in the available support programmes
• Rural Development Agencies – looking to include Creatives in their areas in the development strategy for their regions
Other beneficiaries:
• Rural Communities – experiencing growth and economic development thanks to creating Creative businesses, new jobs and employment
• The whole of Ireland – benefiting from economic growth, more fulfilled and sustainable Creatives, more equality between its regions

Creative Entrepreneurs Academy Upcoming Training

Creative Entrepreneurs Intensive Training Programme

3 - 5 February 2017

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

What is Creative Entrepreneurship!

We’ve all been there: You’re sitting at your desk reflecting, finding yourself frustrated with the lack of results you’re getting in your business. You reach the conclusion that you’re either working too hard and not getting enough results (sales, clients, income) or you’re just not sure if you’re doing the right thing.

Whether you’re doing the right thing with no result, or you’re doing the wrong thing with no result, the end result is the same: nothing.

So often, success in business depends on the right formula: the right clients and customers, the right team, the right business model, the right branding and marketing, the right timing, the right action, and so on. It can be scary if you’re not getting results, because you don’t know which part of the formula is off.

Here’s a solution that can clear the confusion and get you back on the path to success. The formula is this:

Strategy + Execution (with Consistency) = Results

Here in CFCP we provide the strategy and we can help you to put in place the execution (or we can do it for you) so that you can get the results you require.

Our CFCP Creative Entrepreneurs programme is a mix of training, mentoring, implementation and networking.

The programme is based on:

  1. The formula for success: Why, What, How, Who, Outcome
  2. Developing your business development model
  3. Target Market – Who has this problem? Who can you serve?
  4. Developing your Customer and user Segments
  5. Business Development Strategy
  6. Defining Your Story – How, Why and What you tell your crowd  
  7. Plan your Outcomes. SMART Goals and Your Metrics
  8. The Budget

The comments that we have had about the programme said it was life changing.  Join us on Creative Entrepreneurs programme to achieve your dreams in a smarter way.

What We Do

Here’s what you can expect!

A quick taste of what can you expect from the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy:

  • Assessing the current situation of your creative project or business & identifying the gaps/needs.
  • Looking at your biggest challenges and getting ideas on how to approach them.
  • Defining your offering, your market and resources you need.
  • Preparing your unique story for communication with your audiences or shareholders (i.e. grant authorities) to build a relationship and create engagement.
  • Refining your Value Proposition for your audiences and customers.
  • Refining your Go-to-Market strategy.
  • Financial health check of your idea, project or business.
  • Your operational needs.
  • Setting smart goals for the next year but also for middle and long term.
  • Best Marketing & Sales strategy for your project.

Our Creative Entrepreneurs Academy provides a dynamic and productive learning environment. We blend experience based learning, individualised training and group interaction. We help to add value to your creative endeavours via productive questioning and feedback. We look to make every interaction a brilliant networking opportunity that extends your personal and professional network.

Participating creatives can expect the Academy to spark goals and help to define concrete steps to building a practical business development strategy aimed at greater financial security, smarter processes, and satisfaction.

Comments that came back said the experience was life changing.  Since then we have developed and deepened our knowledge and practice. Join us for Creative Entrepreneurs Academy to achieve your dreams in a smarter way.

What People Say About the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

Creative Entrepreneurship Resources

Valentines Edition – New Voices of Ireland 4

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.
We are looking forward to seeing you in the Harbour Bar!

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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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