Who we are

European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is a network of creative development agencies and creative centres. Our mission is to support the creative and cultural industries to internationalise – to do business and to collaborate across Europe

What we do

ECBN provides European Services and Tools to its members, like creative companies and entrepreneurs, agencies and creative centres, cities and regions – such as Trade Missions, Easy Landing Points or Digital Marketplace, which are defined and developed further on a year to year basis in ECBN board meetings.



#ECIS Slack Community

The pre-conference of this year’s #ECIS is again an entirely digital experiment. In addition to the online events, we would like to build a unique experience and offer all guests additional accreditation to the exclusive #ECIS Slack Community. This includes the participation in discussions and the opportunity to meet other conference participants and experts. Join [...]

Future Unlocked – European Creative Industries Summit 2021 Conference

This year's ECIS21 (European Creative Industries Summit 2021) conference starts the conversation about the unlocked potentials of the European creative economy. After over one year of lockdown, this year's European Creative Industries Summit wants to show the bright future of cultural and creative sectors. The conference Future Unlocked! is a joint event by the European [...]

5 Point Innovation Plan for Horizon Europe

Open Letter toThe European Council and its Member States,the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, the EU-Commission for Innovation, Research Education, Culture and Youthand the Members of the European Parliament Making Cultural and Creative Industries an effective and innovate part of Horizon Europe5-Point-Innovation Plan for Horizon Europe  Dear Mr. Michel, [...]

2021 International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

At the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, 2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. The proposal was presented by a global grouping of countries, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Thailand - although the main sponsor came from Indonesia. The proposal stated: the need to promote [...]

Digital presentation of the MASTERPLAN Kreativwirtschaft Frankfurt 2021–2026

The Creative Economy Master Plan Frankfurt 2021–2026 is a project of the Competence Center Creative Economy of the Frankfurt Economic Development Corporation on behalf of the City of Frankfurt am Main. On Tuesday, March 2nd, Frankfurt Economic Development will put together the master plan with: Head of Economic Affairs Markus Frank, City of Frankfurt am [...]

Innovation Day 2020 Creative Forum – Symptoms of creativity

Bernd Fesel, Chair of the ECBN, will be chairing the panel “Preparing Fertile Grounds: Policies to Connect Business and Creativity”, which will take a look at policy instruments that have proved effective when trying to bring companies and creatives closer. Culture and creativity are powerful – not only as sources of identity, enjoyment and self-actualisation, [...]

Letter to the European Commission on behalf of Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors

Culture has always been a vibrant social resource, able to heal wounds in times of crisis. It carries tremendous intrinsic value and contributes significantly to the economy, with 4.2% of the EU GDP and 7.4 million jobs created. Culture is a vital component of the European integration and solidarity, uniting the European multitude of mentalities [...]