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Date: January 18-22, 2016
Venue: Tallinn and Helsinki
Language: English
Participation: early bird registration fee is 400 euros available until November 1, 2015. Standard registration fee is 500 euros. Registration fee includes all the materials and programme (including on-site visits, cultural programme and receptions), return visit to Helsinki and all lunches, dinners and coffee breaks during the programme. Participants are responsible for organising their travel to and from Tallinn (also possible to leave from Helsinki) and accommodation. The organisers will provide participants with recommendations for hotels with good deals. Pre-register (no need to pay the fee) before October 1, 2015.


The Creative Business Academy is a 5-days training session taking place in Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland). The academy is both a theoretical and hands-on experience with creativity and innovation. It includes interactive sessions and practical workshops, field trips and internationally renowned speakers.

The aim of the academy is to learn about the uniqueness in the Nordic and Baltic region when it comes to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The organisers of the academy wish to create a platform of knowledge, sharing and learning.

The Creative Business Academy is a part of the Creative Business Cup global network bringing together key players from creative industries across the world.


The academy will bring together representatives of organisations and authorities that are responsible of creating strong creative ecosystem for talents and businesses to grow. The maximum number of participants is 30. The programme is designed for:

  • Policy makers from national, regional and local governments responsible for formulating and implementing policies and strategies to strengthen creative industries;
  • Managers of creative incubators, startup accelerators and development centers responsible for creating favorable conditions for the creative startups and entrepreneurs;
  • Managers of creative hubs, quarters and clusters responsible for building working networks and creative milieus for cultural and creative business and organisations;
  • Representatives of creative industries development organisations responsible for training programmes, awareness raising initiatives and networking activities, as well as national partners of Creative Business Cup;
  • Educators from universities and training institutions responsible for managing cultural management, creative entrepreneurship and creative economy curricula.


As a result of the Creative Business Academy the participants:

  • Understand the importance of creative industries for innovation and growth and the ways to create systems and methods to support the development of creative entrepreneurship;
  • Gain insight on how to manage creative processes and innovation and how design thinking can be used as a tool to find solutions to key challenges nations, regions, cities and organisations are facing;
  • Understand how other industries can benefit from working with creatives in innovation processes and how to make these crossovers happen;
  • Learn from the unique Nordic and Baltic experience in creative economy development and build long-lasting networks with creative industries stakeholders from other countries.


Creative Business Academy 2016 is organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia, Creativity Lab, Estonian Business School and Creative Business Cup.

  • The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official intergovernmental body for cooperation in the Nordic Region with offices in the Baltic States. The priority areas of cooperation include green growth, sustainable development and environment; challenges of the welfare model; culture and creative industries; education, science and innovation; and regional cooperation.
  • Creativity Lab is international cultural policy and creative industries think tank and consultancy group based in Tallinn, Estonia. Creativity Lab offers innovative solutions to bridge culture and creativity with entrepreneurship and prepares strategies for governments, cities and organisations around the world.
  • Estonian Business School is the oldest privately owned business university in the Baltics. With more than 1500 students, EBS’s goal is to provide enterprising people with academic knowledge, skills and values for its successful implementation. EBS offers specializations in creative industries on Bachelor and Master’s level.
  • Creative Business Cup is a unique global network and marketplace that allows creative entrepreneurs to scale their business concepts, connect with investors and partners and boost their international business potential. CBC aims to strengthen the business skills of entrepreneurs within the creative industries and promote entrepreneurship within the creative industries.