Applications for the Creative Enterprise Programme is currently closed. 

In November 2018, the British Council in partnership with Nesta (the UK’s innovation Foundation) will deliver the Creative Enterprise Programme again to East Africa.

The programme will be delivered in a four-day workshop from 5 – 8 November 2018, focusing on the following creative entrepreneur categories - fiction and nonfiction writers, editors, publishers, journalists, screenwriters, scriptwriters, illustrators, graphic novelists, comic artists, playwrights, bloggers and poets.

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are looking for creative entrepreneurs from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda to attend this four-day workshop in Kampala, Uganda.

WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR

The Creative Enterprise Programme is designed to support entrepreneurs who are already in the process of setting up their own creative enterprise. The workshop content and activities are relevant to people whose businesses are up-and-running and those who are in the very early stages.  

It’s suitable for people just starting out and for people who have been running a business for a long time, to take a fresh look at their business using new methods. 

Want to apply

All participants of the CEP must:

  • Be a creative business, working in the relevant creative industry - fiction and nonfiction writers, editors, publishers, journalists, screenwriters, scriptwriters, illustrators, graphic novelists, comic artists, playwrights, bloggers and poets
  • Have an already established enterprise or be in the later stages of developing an idea. This is typically a business no more than two years old but can be a more established business wishing to pause and consider their model through the CEP lens
  • Be willing to share their knowledge and experience with the group in an open, supportive peer lead learning environment
  • Come prepared to work on their business/idea, to progress through the programme, considering peer feedback, to strengthen their proposition
  • Be open to supporting fellow participants in developing their idea through providing constructive feedback when appropriate 
  • Be available for the full duration of the programme.

About the programme

The Creative Enterprise Programme is a four-day practical workshop that equips creative entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. Expert facilitators, as well as local market specialists, will provide face-to-face support to help entrepreneurs explore business ideas, develop their business proposition, and create a business model that suits their hopes and motivations. 

This interactive programme brings Nesta’s Creative Enterprise Toolkit to life, and uses a mixture of practical exercises and activities that have been designed specifically for the programme.

Through the four days, participants explore key ways to:

  • understand the building blocks that describe and will shape their business opportunity
  • identify and better understand customers, and explore how the business will function and grow
  • visualise the main components of the business and bring together the key elements of a business plan.

Programme objectives and outline

Programme objectives:

The Creative Enterprise Programme builds on the Creative Enterprise Toolkit in a supportive peer-to-peer learning context. A Nesta workshop facilitator and creative business expert, who brings a wealth of experience, presents the content and offers participants advice and guidance for getting their products and services to market. Through interactive exercises and activities, participants will gain a better understanding of how to develop their businesses. 

Programme outline

Day 1: You and Your Idea

Focuses on helping participants understand the building blocks that describe and shape their business opportunity;

  • Explores values, vision and mission
  • Uses modelling to demonstrate what impact the business could have

Day 2: Your Customers

Encourages participants to identify and better understand customers and users. It focuses on exploring how the business will function and grow by;

  • Learning from other local creative entrepreneurs
  • Describing customer profiles and needs
  • Defining the business processes and the relationships needed to help them realise their business opportunity

Day 3:

Visualise the main components of the business and to bring together the key elements of participants’ business plans through a first draft of the Business Model Canvas (BMC). It provides supports participants to;

  • Understand the legal and financial considerations for running a business
  • Evaluate the business and plan for the future
  • Prototype a first draft of a business plan using the BMC

Day 4: 

  • Hear from the experts and learn practical and applicable skills for your business. 

About the facilitators

The programme is led by creative business experts and skilled facilitators who specialise in design thinking, business and innovation. Alongside this expert, each workshop features live case studies from the region, where local entrepreneurs discuss their experience of running a creative enterprise in the local region, and guest experts who can highlight specific local issues - for example around tax or legal matters

Essential information

  • Creative Entrepreneur categories - fiction and nonfiction writers, editors, publishers, journalists, screenwriters, scriptwriters, illustrators, graphic novelists, comic artists, playwrights, bloggers and poets
  • Workshop duration is 5 – 8 November 2018. Participants must be available for all four days of the training.

Where: Kampala, Uganda

Hours of delivery: 9.00 – 17.00 (daily)

Important dates for applicants 

13 August 2018: application window opens for participants

31 August 2018: application window closes for participants

1 – 5 October 2018: successful applicants notified 

5 – 8 November 2018: Creative Enterprise workshop takes place

Please note:
There are 25 spaces available for the training, apportioned as below;

Country

Slots Available

Ethiopia
Kenya
Rwanda
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda

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