About the event


Every year the European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) brings together professionals, intermediaries and researchers of all kinds, who are interested in cross industrial innovations, to discuss where European Creatives play an important role in shaping our economic landscape.

This years the ECBNetwork together with Kaapeli proudly presents the 9th European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) in Helsinki. The ECIS19 takes place under the auspices of Finland’s EU Presidency.

Check the website: https://mailchi.mp/ecbnetwork/ecis2019_program

What to expect


The ECIS 2019 focuses on the IMPACT of cross-innovations for the competitiveness of the wider economy – driven by the cultural and creative industries.

The conference deals with questions like:

• How can the cultural and creative sectors increase their impact on European competitiveness ?

• How to overcome obstacles and challenges for cross-innovations?

• How can cultural and creative entrepreneurs by cross-innovation actions respond to the challenges facing European society and the economy over the next 25 years?

Speakers 2019



THE PRE-PROGRAM, 10th of September
ECBN Member Meeting, Exchange and Trainings

This program is considered a taster course and also open to non-members


Morning Session


Welcome to the ECBN Member Meeting
Board Report 2018 / 2019
Aims and Workplans 2019 / 2020
Member Exchange
Speed-Dating and Networking to exchange projects and find partners
Closing Words
Networking Lunch

Afternoon Session

Debate: The IMPACT of European Cultural Capitals – MATERA 2019
Guest Speaker: Paolo Montemurro, Director of Matera Hub14.00

Training #1: EU-Funding – Creative Europe
Michal Hladky, Director CIKE, Kosice, ECBN Board Member
  • What programs to look for   starting in the next funding period 2021?
  • How to apply and how to find partners?
  • What is a pilot project?
Training #2: EU-Funding – Horizon 2020
Gerin Trautenberger, President KAT, Vienna
  • How to write applications specifically for the Horizon 2020?
  • How to design work packages?
  • What are relevant partners?
Training #3: Learnings from Cross-Innovation
Jenny Kornmacher, Cross Innovation Hub, Hamburg
Maarten Quaghebeur, Cultuurloket, Brussels
Annemie De Tremerie, Cultuurloket, BrusselsTraining #4: Pitching to Investors in Creative Industries
Mehjabeen Patrick, Creative England, London

Tour: Innovation history and future at Kaapeli 
Kai Huotari, Director Kaapeli Helsinki17.00
Closing Words

EU-Presidency Dinner at Kaapeli



Morning Session

RegistrationPoster Session:
Cross-Innovation projects
together with Creative Finland

Kai Huotari, Kaapeli Helsinki
Bernd Fesel, ECBN, Rotterdam


Making Today’s IMPACT
Marko Ahtisaari, Helsinki Festival
Anna Valtonen, Aalto University, Helsinki
Mary Wharmby, formerly Head of Design Transformation, BBVA, Madrid, and
Marco van Hout, Digital Society School, Amsterdam11.00
Making a Policy Agenda for the Future of Europe

Hanna Kosonen, Minister of Culture and Science, Finland
Viviane Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Directorate General for Education and Culture
Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Deputy Director Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD
Dr. Christian Ehler, MEP, CoChair of Intergroup Creative Industries, Brussels

12.30 – 13.30
Poster Session:
Cross-Innovation projects
together with Creative Finland

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

Challenges and Missions  (Pecha-Kucha-Style)
Drivers of new challenges for impact present, followed by parallel open spaces

Open Spaces    
#1 Innovating Innovation Programs 
Host: Egbert Rühl and Jenny Kornmacher, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
Maarten Quaghebeur, Cultuurloket, Brussels
Annemie De Tremerie, Cultuurloket, Brussels

#2 ArtLab Investment Forum: Investing in Startups
Host: Ugo Bacchella and Simona Martini, Fitzcarraldo Foundation, Milano
Thierry Baujard, mediadeals, Berlin
Niccolò Caderni, Investor, London
Gad Baruch Hinkis –  Founder & CEO, Jambl, Berlin
Alan Milligan – Founder & CEO, Motion, Oslo
Mario Rueda – Co-founder, Book a Street Artist, Berlin

#3 Creative FLIP: Financing, Learning, Innovation, Patenting
Host: Dubravka Jurisic, Goethe Institut, Brussels
Joost Heinsius, Researcher/Consultant, Values of Culture and Creativity
Vassilis Charalampidis, President of the Steering Committee, European Creative Hubs Network

 #4 Co-Creation in Health: cross-innovations for Health, Care and Aging    
Host: Karin Alfenaar

Presentations and Debates

Innovating the Creative Industries
Michael Kilpper, Creative Industries Department, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
Caroline Norbury, MBE, CoChair ECBN, CEO Creative England

Making the Future IMPACT

Bart Ahsmann, CLICKNL, Eindhoven
Laure Kaltenbach, Creative Tech, Paris
Gerin Trautenberger, Kreativwirtschaft Austria (KAT), Vienna

Closing Words
Michael Hladky, CoChair ECBN, CEO Creative Industries Kosice

Early-Bird-Registration 180€ for two days ticket until 14th of August. Student ticket also available.


The Designer behind the IMPACT Illustration

Lorenzo is a well known Italian designer who combines his passion for graphic design with my fascination for the 19th century to create his art works. He illustrated covers of the Time Magazine, the New Your Times, the Wall Street Journal but also works for companies like Burton or Urban Outfitters.

This year’s ECIS theme – Illustration deals with the impact of the creative industries on the economy and society as a whole. We are delighted that Lorenzo’s artwork perfectly expresses the IMPACT of Cross-Industrial Innovations through Creative Industries.

Contact: lorenzopetrantoni.com