About This Project

Creative Lab



29.03 – 16.10.2016


The Creative Lab training course brought together 28 young and experienced creative entrepreneurs from Cultural Creative Industries (CCIs): advertising, architecture, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, crafts, publishing, software, toys, games, R&D, television and radio. These entrepreneurs came from Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.


The Creative Lab TC sought to facilitate an exchange of experiences and best practices in the field of CCIs. Along the way participants took part in a series of exercises, assignments and challenges designed to help them develop their skills and ideas.



Moreover, the training course helped participants develop a range of inter-personal and practical enterprise skills that will allow them to identify and make the most of professional opportunities. Through a series of workshops, participants learnt how to create a concept, negotiate a freelance commission, construct different types of networks, understand essential legal aspects (Intellectual Property etc.) and thus achieve their goals. The training course included sessions on Idea Generation, Publicity Stunts, Innovation, Trend Forecasting, Crowdfunding, Presentation and creating an inspired Sales Pitch.





During this course, the following entrepreneurial skills were developed:


Creative thinking
Connected learning
Reflective thinking





The ‘Creative Lab’ sessions held in Dresden and in Berlin concentrated on:


Competence Mapping
Identity Analysis
Legal structures and registering one’s business (legal, accounting & tax)
Market research
SWOT analysis
Business Plan Canvas
Sources of finance for one’s business
Mind mapping
Stakeholder Mapping
Strategy Cubes
Crisis Management
Technology Roadmap
Co-work spaces, hubs, co-work offices, and café culture working


Participants also had the opportunity to visit creative businesses in Dresden and in Berlin.


1. Training: Dresden/Berlin


29/03 – 06/04/2016

7 working days + 2 travel days

Number of participants/country: 2 to 3




How to define a business idea: Values & Mission


– Trends

– Naming and Branding

– Networking

– Designing a business model

– Successful stories & examples of:

  • innovative businesses that solve social problems
  • creative and co-working spaces based in former abandoned buildings
  • cross-sectoral cooperation.



In cooperation with:





2.Training: Thessaloniki

24/06 – 01/07/2016

6 working days + 2 travel days

Number of participants/country: 2 to 3




Marketing Research and Strategy
Design Thinking
Customer Development and Management
Communication with partners and establishing an international network
Using Social & Traditional Media
Product and Service Development




Teambuilding activities
Group work
Study-visits to creative incubators and businesses in Dresden, Berlin and Thessaloniki
Reflection meetings
Evaluation and round-table discussions
Exchange of best practices




Creating a platform of experiences, best practices and knowledge of entrepreneurial and social innovation activities
Understanding the structural differences between Dresden, Berlin and Thessaloniki concerning the environment for startup ventures
Developing entrepreneurial attitude and practical skills
Fostering intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation
Developing an international network of creative entrepreneurs




3. Training: Dresden

13/10 – 16/10/2016

3 working days + 1 travel day

Number of participants/country: 2

Fundraising and pitching
Creating an international network
Final presentation of the results of the work
Evaluation of the meeting



Main topics:

Creative Economy & CCIs
Social innovation
Urban development
Cross-sectoral cooperation




Myrto-Helena Pertsinidi
Project Coordinator
Email: myrto.pertsinidi@jkpev.de
Tel.: +49 351 8104766


The project is co-financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme