Put your ideas at work for social innovation

An international competition rewarding young creative changemakers

The concept

b.creative is pleased to invite artists, cultural and creative entrepreneurs from all over the world to take part in the b.creative challenge 2017.
The world is facing unprecedented challenges generated by global political turmoil, rapid technological developments, the population’s rapid growth or the human constant intervention on nature. We believe that international collaborations through art and creative entrepreneurship could help tackle global social, economic, politic or environmental issues which humanity currently deals with. The aim of the b.creative challenge is to foster new ideas in an international endeavour to better handle issues like: growing poverty rates, social cohesion, access to education and digital literacy, mental and physical wellbeing, transport and people’s mobility, new food and sustainable agriculture, climate change and environmental protection. The competition focuses on interdisciplinary and international collaborations between professionals in creative fields like: visual arts, advertising, architecture, crafts, design, fashion, film and video, gastronomy, publishing, radio and television, computer games, performing arts, with the aim to explore the potential of arts and creative entrepreneurship in fostering social and economic innovation.

Application requirements

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Text document

A project proposal written in English of max. 5000 words which should include:
  • Project’s name
  • A description of the idea
  • The rationale behind the idea
  • Cross-sectorial aspects
  • Target audiences
  • Key activities
  • Key resources / partners
  • A financial plan

Video and Photo

  • A video not longer than 2:30 minutes of a max. size of 500 Mb which should visually describe the project’s idea
  • A ‘cover’ photo which best describes your project

Team Members' Biographies

Team members’ biographies must be included for each person participating. Each biography should include:
  • A short member’s background description
  • Member’s profession and current activity / organisation
  • Member’s email address
  • The country where the person is based
Everything should be included in a zip file and sent to tpletosu@keanet.eu via www.wetransfer.com, with the mention ‘Application for the b.creative challenge’ by 14 May 2017. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of the submission of your entry.


IEC space
3-month rent-free incubation in Shenzhen within the programme Soft Landing in China offered by Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition Space
5 days incubation programme offered by Creatis Brussels, the newly established creative incubator supported by ING and KissKissBankBank. The programme equally includes 4 nights accommodation
cultural diplomacy platform
Participation in the Global Cultural Leadership Programme 2018 edition, organised by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform
KEA European Affairs
Money award offered by KEA European Affairs
creative tracks
2 return tickets and accommodation to present the project at the next b.creative event which will take place in Shenzhen, China between 15 and 17 December 2017
Media exposure through different networks of creative entrepreneurs such as Creative Tracks, b.creative, Creative Europe or Creative Hubs.



marko radenkovic

Marko Radenković

Founder, Nova Iskra

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li yu

Li Yu

Speculative Designer

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areti markopoulou

Areti Markopoulou

Academic Director, IAAC

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rui quinta

Rui Quinta

Founder, With Company

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Founder, African Digital Art

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Rules and regulations

  • Artists and creative entrepreneurs from all over the world, under 40 and from the specified fields are allowed to participate
  • The official language of the competition is English. All applications must be submitted in English
  • Contacting any member of the jury is prohibited
  • KEA, the organiser of the competition, has the right to modify the timeline
  • Project ideas can be maximum 5 years older and they must have never been shown before in similar competitions
  • Applications which do not contain all required documents and media files and do not respect the structure will be disqualified
  • Participation implies acceptance of the rules and regulations
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