Promoting Creative Entrepreneurial Spirit Together
Four partners are combining their expertise to support and network cultural and creative industries in Germany and internationally.
By: Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE)
The project - Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs
Greece, Indonesia and South Africa: together with the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, the Goethe-Institut has been supporting the establishment of local Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs in Thessaloniki, Jakarta and Johannesburg since 2016. The Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs of the Goethe-Institut are focal points for actors in local cultural and creative industry scenes. They serve as junctures of innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and the action of smaller cultural enterprises so that synergies can be better utilized and start-up ideas brought onto the market. The Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs impart entrepreneurial know-how to cultural professionals and networks them with the creative industry scene in Germany. Through this continuing educational service, the Goethe-Institut enables free access to knowledge and qualification in the cultural and creative sector, creating both regional and global networks for creative artists and actors in creative industry.
The Goethe-Institut has been active as a cultural mediator worldwide for over 60 years and has a great deal of experience in the field of international cultural exchange. To this the SCE, the successful Entrepreneurship Center of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, brings its competencies in education and start-ups. The Funding Network (PCI) and the Federal Association of Creative Germany are experts in the cultural and creative industries in Germany and partners in development and political discourse. They know the existing support structures and, above all, contribute strong networks to our project. In future, we will develop joint programmes and formats for networking actors in Germany and the participating countries, set up sustainable creative-economic structures at the various locations, and support the transfer of knowledge and the exchange of ideas.
Egbert Rühl (Managing Director of Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft GmbH) and Jürgen Enninger (Head of the Competence Team Culture and Creative Industries) are spokespersons of the Funding Network for Cultural and Creative Industries in Germany (PCI). They are of one opinion: "It is a major challenge for creative industry players to open up new markets and partnerships abroad. We are very pleased that the cooperation which has now been agreed upon constitutes a first step in sensitizing the network of Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs and the Goethe-Instituts to these challenges."
Christian Rost (Head of Creative Saxony - Saxon Centre for Culture and Creative Industries) speaks for Creative Germany, the industry association of creative artists: "The Federal Association of Cultural and Creative Industries Germany is very pleased about the cooperation that has come about. It pools efforts to improve the public image of one of the most innovative and forward-looking sectors of Germany and to initiate developments together with its partners."
Dr. Johann-Jakob Wulf, Project Manager of the Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs at the Goethe-Institut and the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, emphasizes the need for cooperation to ensure the sustainability of the project: "We enable art and cultural organizations to act more entrepreneurially in order to create a better society. We do this through a global network of hubs, where local creative people drive culture and business. With the collaboration of the German and international cultural and creative industry scenes in the Cultural Entrepreneurship Hub project, a sustainable international network is now being built that offers creative people from all over the world an opportunity to internationalize their product or service. In this form, there is no other project like it in the world."
The Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs project is a cooperative project of the Goethe-Institut and the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
For further information on the project:
For further information on the partners:
Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE): www.sce.de
Federal Association of Cultural and Creative Industries Germany, e.V. (Creative Germany): www.kreative-
The public Network for Cultural and Creative Industries in Germany (PCI):
For further information on the public Network for Cultural and Creative Industries in Germany (PCI): kreativgesellschaft.org/
If you have any questions about the project, please get in touch with
Dr. Johann-Jakob Wulf
Division Cultural Education and Discourse
Dachauer Str. 122
Tel: +49 89 15921-150
Fax: +49 89 15921-668
Strascheg Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCE)
Tel: +49 89 5505060-17
Fax: +49 89 550506-15
Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship
+49 89 550506-37