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.



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 [...]

Framing Creative Futures – The 10th European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS 2020)

This is the 10th European Creative Industries Summit, which will be organized and broadcast live from Berlin. For the third time it is part of the official presidency of the Council of the European Union. This time however, everything is different. No huge crowded gatherings and large auditorial discussions are possible. Instead, we aim for [...]

CCIs @Coronacrisis Update #182 – Report “COVID-19 Impact on the Cultural and Creative Industries in Germany”

Report “COVID-19 Impact on the Cultural and Creative Industries in Germany” Republished by ECBN from: Creatives Unite This report focuses on how the lockdown measures impact the different CCIs sub-sectors in Germany and analyses the threat that measures such as the cancellation of events pose to professionals and organisations. Due to the cancellation of public [...]

CCIs @Coronacrisis Update #181 – Viewpoint: EIT can help lead the way out of the COVID-19 crisis

Viewpoint: EIT can help lead the way out of the COVID-19 crisis Republished by ECBN from: Science Business Long-term stalwart of the European Parliament’s industry, research and energy committee Paul Rübig, is now bringing his expertise to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which he says is poised to play a key role [...]