b.creative

the global network for cultural & creative entrepreneurs

b.creative is a global network for cultural and creative entrepreneurs established to facilitate exchanges and collaborations between its members, to foster their development and growth and to spark societal changes.

b.creative brings together a wide diversity of experiences, skills and knowledge across the cultural and creative sectors. The network facilitates and provides various activities such as: strategic advice on a series of topics, matchmaking, webinars and knowledge exchange and so much more.

The network

b.creative is a unique community of around 2500 creative entrepreneurs, incubators, hubs, networks and associations throughout the world, representing 22 cultural and creative fields in 116 countries. The network gathers entrepreneurs across all sectors of the arts, culture and creative / digital industries, predominantly cross-sectorial.
Across Europe, b.creative has direct access to more than 350 creative spaces:

186 fablabs and living labs

105 incubators and accelerators

62 CCI clusters, hubs and co-working spaces

The event

b.creative is also an international conference. b.creative – the global event for creative entrepreneurship – is interdisciplinary, aiming to gather participants from a wide spectrum of creative professions, cultural policy makers, scientists, engineers, investors and academic in order to spark ideas that permeate societal development. The event has an interactive format of panels, debates, workshops, network fairs and speed-networking sessions run in a fun creative atmosphere.

The competition

The b.creative challenge rewards interdisciplinary and international collaborations between young creative entrepreneurs tackling global social, economic, politic or environmental issues. 83 teams representing 50 nationalities worldwide applied for the first edition of the challenge in 2017. The 2017 award was won by LATRA, an innovative architectural, engineering and humanitarian organisation based in Lesbos (Greece) working in a refugee camp.

Organisation

b.creative is an international non-profit association (AISBL) established in Brussels in March 2019. It functions under the management of a Board composed of 9 members and a General Secretariat represented by KEA European Affairs – an international policy design research centre specialised in culture and creative industries.
Based in Brussels since 1999 and in Shenzhen since 2013, KEA’s mission is to provide policy advice to make territories, organisations and people  more aware of their cultural and creative resources, to unlock the potential of culture, including heritage, for economic and social development. KEA has consolidated its brand and reputation over the years as a result of a proven track-record of successfully concluded assignments and studies throughout the EU and in third countries (Albania, Georgia, China, Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, South Africa and the Caribbean).

KEA is involved as initiator or scientific coordinator in various high profile EU-funded projects related to trans-disciplinary collaborations between art, science, technology and business. For instance:

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Board members

rui quinta

Rui Quinta

founder, with company

islam elbeiti

Islam Elbeiti

project manager, creative education and empowerment zanzibar

aris papadopoulos

Aris Papadopoulos

founder latra

julia youngs

Julia Youngs

programme manager, creative startups

sergiu ardelean

Sergiu Ardelean

founder, artivive

dodji honou

Dodji Honou

founder, afrocentrik lab

Kristijan Sujevic

Kristijan Sujevic

co-founder, nova iskra

edouard meier

Edouard Meier

ceo pali pali

kathrin deventer

Kathrin Deventer

secretary general, european festivals association

susa pop

Susa Pop

co-founder, public art lab

Jani Joenniemi

Jani Joenniemi

founder, ears

Chairman

philippe kern

Philippe Kern

founder and managing director, kea

Secretary

arthur le gall

Arthur Le Gall

director, kea

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