Creative Thinking, Innovation & Business Model Development

for Creative Organisation and Project Leaders

Course Description

This 1-day workshop aims to introduce organisations and project leaders to Creative Thinking, Innovation and Business Model Development.

Participants will be introduced to a number of tools like mapping ideas, environmental stimuli, business models, project management and benchmarking.

We will look at a three-stage work-flow taking us from idea generation through to validation and testing.

Training Structure

By using a number of creative thinking techniques we will give practical examples of how ideas move from conception to reality.

Idea generation– divergent and convergent thinking

  • Identifying new ideas and their critical validation.
  • Developing a specific set of criteria to test ideas based on the desired outcomes.

Idea validation – how the ideas fit the specified criteria.

  • Setting measurement techniques depending on the stated outcomes and accepted tolerances to identify success or failure.
  • Further investigation of testing methodologies.

Testing the idea – determining the viability of the ideas.

  • Learning how to test ideas quickly through small, fast experiments using prescribed data-sets on addressing the problem / solution fit, scale, market and cost.
  • Learning how to adapt or modify ideas.

Through practical exercises, and workshops in different environmental situations participants will experience how factors that can and cannot be controlled affect the idea generation, validation and testing phases.


The programme encompasses a wide range of engaging and practical tools including Role-playing, Assessment techniques, Inspirations, Case Studies, Empowerment, Team Building, Evaluation and Feedback Methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn the processes involved in bringing an idea through to application.  They will look at idea generation and be introduced to three ideation techniques that aid creative thinking.  They will define Idea validation and testing using sets of metrics to examine the feasibility of their ideas. Perform research on chosen ideas and test ideas in a real-world environment. They will also see how environmental stimuli affect the ideation process and how, where possible, ideation should take place in-context of where the solution will be used.

Participants will also understand the concept of leading yourself, leading others and leading tasks. Participants will learn what are the enabling conditions that lead to effective team development and collaboration.

Programme & Timetable
 9.00 – 10.00 am Course Overview and Introduction
Models and ideation techniques.
10.15 – 12.30 pm Idea generation
Divergent Thinking techniques – using different environments and stimuli to generate ideas.
 1.00 – 3.00 pm Ideas validation
Convergent Thinking techniques – defining a set of metrics to refine the ideas and to develop 1 – 2 ideas to take forward to testing.
 3.15 – 4.15 pm Ideas testing
Real World testing workshops – using parts of the lean & business model canvas to test the ideas.
 4.15 – 5.30 pm Pitching and Presenting Skills
Learning how to pitch and present your ideas and receive feedback.
Who is it for?

The Creative Thinking, Innovation & Business Model Development Training Programmehas been specifically designed for all who work as organisation or project leaders looking to improve their organisations or teams idea generation capabilities, impact, and relationships by understanding creative thinking, innovation and business model development.

On-Site Price for Organisations

Based on the number of participants


Up to 10 people

10 – 20 people

20 – 30 people

Creative Thinking, Innovation & Business Model Development €750 €1,200 €1,950

Prices include participants fee, materials, tutors travel and accommodation
Prices exclude meals and refreshments for participants



Monika Sapielak

Centre for Creative Practices & ArtConnected

Entrepreneur and Innovator with 25 years of work experience as CEO, Manager, Mentor, Educator and Cultural Leader. Regular guest speaker and lecturer at conferences, in higher education institutions and for the media in Europe and in Ireland that include University Business Forum in San Sebastian; Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, University of Pecs, Hungary, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Co-Founder and CEO of Centre for Creative Practices and Creative Entrepreneurs Academy. Founder & CEO of ArtConnected – a SaaS that matches European Creative Opportunities with Talent. Main Awardee of the Arthur Guinness Fund for Social Entrepreneurs in 2012 and recipient of the Merit to Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Monika has studied various aspects of organisational, community and embodied leadership since 2007 and has completed renowned Leadership training with INSEAD and Potentialife.

Ian Oliver

Head of Creative Entrepreneurship, Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

Senior manager and entrepreneur and social entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the Creative and Technology Sectors; working with Local Government, Local Enterprise Offices, Universities, Businesses and Community Groups throughout Irelandauditing and engaging the artistic and creative community within specific geographic regions. Keynote speaker at European conferences including University-Business Forum.

Currently, Ian is working on advising and designing sustainable projects that utilise art and creativity as the main driver to effect sustainable economic and social change.  He also teaches and mentors artistic and creative entrepreneurship training to adult learners and undergraduate students.

Ian teaches Creative Thinking, Global Business Development, International Management, International Relations, Team Development and Entrepreneurship at Postgraduate and undergraduate level at The Innovation Academy, TCD; NorthEastern University, US; Champlain College, Dublin; and CIEE, Dublin.  He regularly teaches on the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy Workshop and Erasmus+ programmes.

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Contact Information

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

At the Centre for Creative Practices

The Old Milking Parlour
Ballymurrin Lower
Co Wicklow

t: +353 (0)85 8895499
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On-Site Training Programme for Organisations & Groups

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy
at the Centre For Creative Practices

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy has been delivering on-site, tailor-made, instructor-led business training for Cultural and Creative Professionals, Businesses and Organisations since 2013. We have worked with many organisations in Ireland, UK, Poland and Hungary.

We believe that tailored business training is a critical element of every successful and sustainable career or project. Thus, we provide SMEs in Ireland and Europe with access to world-class business training and support in a way that they understand and that helps them to succeed.

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Max: 30 Participants


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Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride
Wicklow, Ireland, A67TK64

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