ACE Creative

ACe Creative website logoACE Creative is an ambitious project aimed at stimulating the growth of the ICT driven creative industries in Europe. Coordinated by EBN, ACE Creative networks innovation support players from 15 countries harnessing their regional strengths into a European ecosystem to respond more effectively to SME needs. Over the next 2 years ACE Creative aims to expand this network to include at least 1 innovation support actor in all 28 EU member states.

ACE Creative will provide Customised Support Programmes (CSPs) to 100 SMEs (50 each year) to support their growth into new European markets. The top 30 companies (15 each year) will win an expenses paid trip to pitch to an audience of international investors at the Creative Business Cup finals. Up to a further 400 SMEs will have the chance to participate in one of 15 ACE’Creative international bootcamps being staged across Europe in 2015 and 2016 and a total of 1000 SMEs will benefit from the ACE’Creative online support platform.

ACE Creative will engage companies by overcoming challenges at individual SME level (such as size, barriers to access to finance and new markets), at the innovation support level (disparity in availability and support quality) and at overall creative industry level (fragmentation, localisation). Two specific groups of SMEs will be targeted: creative industry SMEs exploiting advanced technologies and ICT SMEs innovating in the field of creative industries. The ACE Creative service offering is accessible online and ‘on-site’ in 15 EU partner and associate partner countries with a target of engaging further stakeholders to deliver the support services in all EU member states by the end of the project. The impact of ACE’Creative will be tangible – for individual SMEs, for innovation support actors and for the growth of the European creative industries as a whole.

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