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.

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craftit4sd Jan 2024 - December 2026


Craft Revitalization Action for Future-proofing the Transition to Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development, aims to activate the CCSI towards the green transition by building on the rich cultural heritage and strong creative traditions which underpin the European CCSI.

CreativeFED contribution: Dissemination and replication in European ecosystems

Key words; #Crafts #Digitalisation #Digizitation #CraftsInnovation

saccord Jan 2024 - December 2026


SACCORD combines SKILLS and ACCORDANCE by collecting skills intelligence and data to support the European Skills Agenda and facilitates collaboration and joining up of partners at European and regional level who have not previously worked together in supporting the Large-Scale Skills Partnership (LSP) on Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).

CreativeFED contribution: Consortium LEAD, Communication and Dissemination Strategy for Large Scale Partnership and Local Ecosystem Partnerships for the European PactforSkills

label4future Jan 2024 - December 2025


Label4Future aims to engage quadruple helix (4-H) stakeholders from both less developed and developed EU regions. The objective is to utilize design practices, new technologies, future scenario development, media art innovative approaches, research, and innovation. This will help define, prioritize, and test innovation investment projects. These projects will contribute to building capacities of SMEs, local public authorities, and research institutions in less developed regions (LDRs). The goal is to enhance their understanding of value chain articulation and implementation, establish and strengthen regional ecosystems, and foster interconnectivity among stakeholders from advanced and less advanced EU regions. Ultimately, this will facilitate the transition of regions towards a more circular and sustainable economic model.

CreativeFED contribution: Visual Identity, Communication Plan, Dissemination and Exploitation Strategy, European Dimension

greenccircle Jan 2024 - December 2025


GreenCCircle aims to empower Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) to tackle climate change by developing a comprehensive support scheme. This initiative will identify skill gaps, create the GreenCCIrcle training for sustainable skills, and establish a multi-stakeholder ecosystem across 9 countries, fostering collaboration and innovation. With a focus on the EU Green Deal and Circular Economy principles, it will engage 120 learners, facilitate cross-industry fertilisation, and develop tools for environmental impact assessment and sustainable business practices. GreenCCircle introduces the Sustainability Facilitator role, enhancing CCIs' green transformation and resilience. This project not only aims to improve green skills and attitudes within CCIs but also to foster EU-level collaboration and align with EU values, laying the groundwork for a future social entrepreneurial initiative.

CreativeFED contribution: Visual Identity, Communication Plan, Dissemination and Exploitation Strategy, European Dimension

Cyanotype September 2022 - December 2026

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.

CreativeFED contribution: Development of an European CCI Skills Strategy by continuous Skills Intelligence gathering and mapping.

DeuS January 2020 - January 2022

DeuS – Learn, Design, Create

DeuS was a regional Vocational Educational Training (VET) project in the cultural and creative sector involving key participants from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Slovakia, and the UK. It centered on the Open Design School, a major initiative of Matera 2019, European Capital of Culture. This school functioned as a design lab where professionals across disciplines collaborated, sharing knowledge and testing designs with the local community.

The project's objectives included developing a learning and training approach aligned with ECVET, inspired by the EntreComp Framework, and focused on employability. This approach emphasized work-based pedagogies and an open, inclusive, and non-hierarchical learning scheme. Additionally, DeuS aimed to foster a co-creation process with local/regional CCI communities, policymakers, and citizens to address local challenges and create solutions applicable throughout the EU. It also sought to establish innovation hubs (Living Labs) to support SMEs, professionals, and VET learners in conducting research and developing innovative products and services. Another goal was to design a Knowledge Creative Platform for the CCI sector, serving as a resource for VET learners, trainers, and professionals. Lastly, the project developed a sustainable financial model that integrated public and private funding with income-generating activities. These efforts were designed to enhance skills, foster innovation, and improve employability in the cultural and creative sectors across Europe.

CreativeFED contribution: Developing Sustainability and Exploitation Strategy for the project.

Key words: #VET #CCI #Work-Based Learning # P2P Collaboration #Open Design School #European Capital of Culture #Innovation Hubs #Co-Creation Processes #ECVET (European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training) #EntreComp Framework #Living Labs #Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration #Community Engagement #Sustainable Development
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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