A practical training programme for UK Alumni

The core of the Creative Enterprise Programme is a three-day capacity-building workshop that supports creative and social entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses.

The Creative Enterprise Programme has been developed by Nesta and is delivered in partnership with the British Council all around the world. 

The Creative Enterprise Programme provides a creative approach to business for creative people. The workshop uses tried-and-tested business concepts but presented in a way conducive for creative people to learn.

The Creative Enterprise Programme builds on the Creative Enterprise Toolkit and adapts its content for a workshop environment. The workshop is a learn-by-doing approach - participants actively go through the workshop exercises with their business in the focus. There are interactive exercises, peer-led activities, guest speakers and time for reflection - all curated for a positive learning environment. 

The workshop is led by Creative Enterprise Programme workshop facilitators (and creative entrepreneurs in their own right), who create a safe space for learning and feedback. The workshop facilitators present the workshop content and provide guidance to help creative and social entrepreneurs explore their business ideas, develop their business proposition, and create a business model that suits their hopes and motivations.  

After the three-day workshop, the British Council and local workshop facilitators maintain contact with the participants. The participants join the Creative Enterprise Programme community and will have possible opportunities to attend alumni events, participate in webinars, have their success story published by Nesta and the British Council as a global case study, and more.

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

Programme Agenda

  • Day 1: You and your idea

You will dissect your personal values, how these related to the purpose of your business, and visualise the future.

  • Day 2: Your customers

You will imagine who their customers are, what your customers values are, how to communicate to potential customers, and how to ensure your business meets the needs of your customers.

  • Day 3: Your business

Day three brings your efforts from the previous two days together. You will reflect on the past two days and build an action plan for the future success of their business. 

Who is the programme for?

The Creative Enterprise Programme is designed for creative or social entrepreneurs with businesses in the very early stages (0-2 years):

  • entrepreneurs that have launched 
  • entrepreneurs that are in the process of launching
  • entrepreneurs that have a very well-developed business idea and are about to launch.

The Creative Enterprise Programme is for entrepreneurs in the creative industries, such as advertising and marketing; architecture; crafts; creative hubs; design (product, graphic, interior etc); digital media and gaming; fashion; film, TV and radio; performing arts; publishing and literature; museums, galleries and libraries; music; and visual arts and photography.

All participants of the Creative Enterprise Programme must:

  • have launched OR are in the process of launching a creative or social business, OR have a very well-developed business idea and are about to launch.
  • Come prepared to work on their business, progress through the workshop, and be open to peer feedback.
  • Be willing to share their knowledge and experience with fellow participants, support fellow participants to develop their business, provide constructive feedback and encourage an open and supportive learning environment.
  • Commit the full three-days to attend the workshop.
  • Commit to completing programme feedback forms up to 12 months following the workshop.
  • Own and/or control the intellectual property of their business.
  • Be open to engaging the alumni network of the Creative Enterprise Programme outside of the three-day workshop.
  • Be a UK Alumni.

Turkey based Creative Enterprise Programme Associates

Jason Lau

Jason Lau is a Partner at Core Strateji, a consulting firm that specializes in transforming corporations into entrepreneurial, ambidextrous organizations. In the past three years, he has worked with 150+ internal business ideas, helping teams to fail fast or garner market traction. Previously, Jason served as the Development Manager at the Mother-Child Education Foundation, the Entrepreneurship Manager at Koç University and the Social Entrepreneurship Supervisor and Startup Trainer at Özyeğin University. Jason also teaches business and entrepreneurship at Özyeğin University. Jason holds an MBA from Bilkent University and a B.S. International Business from the University of Southern California.

Atılım Şahin

Atılım Şahin is a connector of people, concepts and organizations. He facilitates these processes within the fields of creativity, technology and entrepreneurship. He is currently the Creative Hub Director at ATÖLYE. Prior to joining ATÖLYE, he worked as design engineer, application specialist, sales director and project coordinator; in engineering, design, culture and arts. He has also been in the field of theatre as actor, performer and author for over ten years. After studying Mechanical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, he completed a Msc in Industrial Product Design at ITU and Interaction Design at Malmö University.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications: 22 April 2019
  • Successful applicants notified: Three working days upon receipt of application.
  • Dates: 25 - 27 April 2019
  • Venue: Pera House (British Consulate General Istanbul)
  • Programme times: 09.00 - 17.00

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.  
  • Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided free of charge for programme participants.
  • Workshop materials and stationery will be provided. 
  • The language of the programme is in Turkish.
  • Please bring along a photo ID to be able to gain an access at the security 
  • Number of places available: 25


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