EU-Project “Creative Ports” approved
Cultural and creative industries (CCI) play an important role for intelligent and sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) but until now they do not realise their full growth potential. Therefore a consortium of 14 partners under the lead of the German Goethe-Institute submitted in spring 2018 the application “Creative Ports” within the BSR Interreg Programme in order to foster growth and employment in the CCI sector of the BSR by enhancing the internationalisation of support organisations and enterprises. The “Creative Ports” application has been approved on 20.09.2018 by the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region. TalTech University is project partner of “Creative Ports” together with Loov Eesti and Tallinn Business Incubator and Tallinn City Government as associated organisation.
As Prof. Gunnar Prause from the Department of Business Administration and principle investigator at TalTech pointed out that the project will help to increase the expertise and reputation of TalTech in the field of transnational creative entrepreneurship since the project aims for actions to expand international reach of “Smart internationalisation and export promotion policies (that) are needed to allow a wide majority of small organisations and companies to operate in a global environment and reach new audiences and markets worldwide” which was highlighted already 2012 by the European Commission in promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU.
TalTech will contribute as work package leader to “Creative Ports” project which will have duration of 30 month and a total budget of about 3 Mio. €. Currently, the project passes the clarification and contracting phase so that the project implementation work will start in January 2019. The project consortium includes partners of different branches such as audiovisual industries, design, art, fashion, media, publishing, games and tourism, and important cities like Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Vilnius are represented. “Creative Ports” bundles the competences of the consortium to stimulate internationalisation in the CCI sector by:
- Facilitating an exchange process between public authorities and business support organisations about focus areas of regional CCI support, the state-of-the art in internationalisation and future trends and developments in the CCI that eventually leads to the improvement of regional strategies and support programmes
- Collecting and piloting support tools that CCI support organisations and intermediaries can use to assist enterprises in accessing foreign markets and building transnational networks
- Creating a CCI secretariat as a durable exchange forum and facilitator of transnational CCI cooperation in the BSR
- Developing learning modules and creating an online platform to build the capacity of support organisations and intermediaries for fostering internationalisation of the CCI.
Thus, the project helps to realise the BSR Cooperation Programme and in the Policy Area Culture of the EUSBSR Action Plan by strengthening the diverse and attractive cultural life of the BSR and the potential of its CCI sector to create (youth) employment and trigger innovative spillover effects in other sectors.
Gunnar dot prause at taltech dot ee
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