Nesta Creative Enterprise Programme

For nearly ten years, the British Council has been working with Nesta to deliver the Creative Enterprise Programme. In collaboration with Regional Development Agencies, British Council Turkey has delivered creative enterprise training in eight cities for over 200 emerging creative entrepreneurs between 2014 and 2016.

In late 2016, the Creative Enterprise Programme underwent a major redesign and we are delighted to partner with IstasyonTEDU and ATÖLYE to bring the new Nesta Creative Enterprise Programme to Ankara and Istanbul in October and November 2018 respectively. 

About the Programme

The Creative Enterprise Programme is a three-day practical workshop to help creative entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into reality. Over the three days participants will learn the key aspects of setting up and running a creative business.

The workshop is led by a Creative Enterprise Programme associate (and creative business entrepreneur in their own right) and features local guests and business experts. The associate will provide the support to help creative entrepreneurs explore their business ideas, develop their business proposition, and create a business model that suits their hopes and motivations.  

The Creative Enterprise Programme has been developed by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and is delivered in partnership with the British Council. It brings Nesta’s Creative Enterprise Toolkit to life, and uses a mixture practical exercises and activities that have been designed specifically for a workshop environment.

The Creative Enterprise Toolkit is available to download for free and has been translated into Turkish.

Programme Agenda

  • Day 1: You and your idea

Participants dissect their personal values, how these relate to the purpose of their business, and visualise the future.

  • Day 2: Your customers

Participants imagine who their customers are, what their customers values are, how to communicate to potential customers and how to ensure their business meets their customers needs.

  • Day 3: Your business

Day three brings the efforts from the previous two days together. Participants explore the key components required to build their own business model canvas.

Who is the programme for?

The Creative Enterprise Programme is for entrepreneurs who have a strong business idea but are yet to set up, who are in the early stages of establishing a business (0-3 years), or who have a creative business which hasn’t matured and significant change is planned.

The focus is on the creative industries such as advertising, architecture, arts & culture, craft, design, fashion, games, music, publishing, tech, TV and film.

To ensure Creative Enterprise Programme is right for you and your business, please consider the following:

  • You can commit three full days to attend the workshop,
  • You have no/limited experience of business skills and support,
  • You own/control the IP in your company,
  • You have an already established enterprise, or you are in the later stages of developing an idea. (This is typically a business no more than three years old, but can be a more established business wishing to pause and consider their model through the Creative Enterprise Programme lens),
  • You are willing to work with a group in an open, supportive peer lead learning environment where you will be sharing your knowledge and experience with people you don’t know,
  • You will be prepared to work on your business, to progress through the programme considering peer feedback which can challenge your business idea,
  • You enjoy networking, can conduct yourself professionally and manage your time effectively.

About the Facilitator - Colum Lowe

Colum Lowe is a Creative Enterprise Programme Workshop Associate based in London, UK.

Colum has spent 27 years in the creative industries in a variety of successful and challenging roles. His design and management expertise crosses over the disciplines of interiors, products, graphics and branding with experience in both public and private sectors from large national organisations to small private consultancies. Colum has led several leading London design agencies and has held senior positions at Sainsbury’s and the NHS.

Key Dates

Key Dates

  • Open call for applications: 24 July 2018
  • Deadline for applications: 27 August 2018
  • Successful applicants notified: 7 September 2018

Creative Enterprise Programme in Ankara

  • Dates: 4-6 October 2018
  • Venue: IstasyonTEDU
  • Programme times: 09.00 - 17.00

Creative Enterprise Programme in Istanbul

  • Dates: 13-15 November 2018
  • Venue: ATÖLYE
  • Programme times: 09.00 - 17.00

How to Apply

Please complete and submit the online application form by 27 August 2018.

Participant Selection Committee

  • Esra A Aysun, Head of Arts Turkey, British Council
  • Cansu Ataman Bilgiç, Arts Manager, British Council
  • Kimberley Ballantyne, Learning Services Manager, Creative Enterprise Programme, Nesta
  • Berivan Eliş, Director, IstasyonTEDU Center for Social Innovation
  • Emre Erbirer, Communications and Events Lead, ATÖLYE

Essential Information

  • British Council is unable to provide financial support for participants travel, accommodation or local transport expenses.
  • Creative Enterprise Programme is free of charge and participants will be selected through an open call. 
  • Applications are restricted to one person per creative enterprise.  
  • Applicants should apply to only one training in either Istanbul or Ankara.  
  • Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided free of charge for programme participants.
  • Workshop materials and stationery will be provided. 
  • Simultaneous translation from English to Turkish will be available throughout the programme.


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