Setting up and Growing Your Creative Business

for Creative Organisations and Groups

Course Description

This practical 2-day Entrepreneurship Training Programme for Creatives has been especially designed for all those who want to set up, run or further develop their own creative business, organisation or project in a professional and sustainable way.

During the programme participants will develop a practical and comprehensive strategy that will provide a blueprint for their future success.

Developing a sustainable business model, understanding and articulating competitive advantage and unique selling points, defining value proposition, identifying go to market strategy and long term business goals will be the focus for the programme.

Participants can expect:

    • dynamic, effective and highly individualised training
    • experience-based learning
    • lots of feedback from tutors and peers

The training will be delivered by experienced tutors combining their own creative backgrounds with years of running creative businesses and teaching entrepreneurship to creatives.

The programme, initiated by the Centre for Creative Practices in Dublin in 2013, has been attended by over 800 creative entrepreneurs in Ireland and Europe, earning enthusiastic reviews and helping creative practitioners to successfully grow their business, organisation or project.

These 2 days will be the best investment your organisation can make in your creative career!

Training Structure

The workshop is structured and delivered with the focus on four elements that are critical for lastingorganisational and project success:

LEADING SELF – helping to change behaviours and move from a feeling of burnout or “treading water” to peak personal performance and satisfaction.

LEADING OTHERS – explaining how an effective leader can bring engagement to their team and organisation, enabling them to create an environment of peak performance, happiness and support.

LEADING TEAMS – understanding the conditions for effective team collaboration, smarter goal setting and effective communication.

LEADING CHANGE – analysing why we struggle to change and how to go about adapting and changing.


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
  • Understanding the conditions that enable effectiveness and effective collaborations
  • Understanding the meaning of leadership and the role of a leader
  • Establishing your unique leadership style
  • Understanding all aspects of effective Leadership – Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Teams and Leading Change
  • Learning effective techniques and critical aspect on how to Lead Yourself
  • Understanding the relationship between organisational culture and the behaviour of the team/staff
  • Learning how to relate to others to be an effective Leader
  • Learning how to give effective Feedback – methodologies and tools
  • Understanding the specifics of leading various teams. Engaging remote teams
  • Understanding the difference between Leadership and Management
  • Introduction to Leading Change
Programme & Timetable


 9.00am – 10.30am  The Formula For Success
 11.00am – 12.30pm  Your Unique Value Propositions
 1.30 – 3.00pm  Target Market & Customer Segments
 3.15 – 4.45pm  Marketing & Route to Market


 9.00 – 10.30am  Developing your business model – business model canvas
 11am – 12.30pm  Strategic Management
 1.30 – 3.00pm  Marketing & Sales
 3.15 – 4.45pm  Envisioning the Future Setting SMART Goals and Growth Metrics
 5.00 – 6.00pm  Financial Health and available supports
Who is it for?

The Setting up and Growing a Creative Business has been specifically designed for all who work as organisation or project leaders looking to improve their impact and performance.

We encourage organisations and projects led by NGOs, social activists, community groups’ and Ethnic and other Minorities Leaders as this programme will help them to improve the impact, representation and sustainability.

On-Site Price for Organisations

Based on the number of participants


Up to 10 people

10 – 20 people

20 – 30 people

Setting up and growing Your Creative Business
(2 day)
€1,600 €2,200 N/A

Max 20 participants

Prices include participants fee, materials, 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
e: ​​jo@c​​

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.

To find out more about the training courses that we can run in your premises please have a look at the options below and get in touch with us.


Length: 2 days on-site
Max: 20 Participants


Length: 1 day on-site
Max: 20 Participants


Length: 1 day on-site
Max: 30 Participants


Length: 1/2 day on-site
Max: 30 Participants


Length: 1 day on-site
Max: 20 Participants


Length: 2 days on-site
Max: 20 Participants

What People Say & Who We Work With

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy at the Centre For Creative Practices


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The Old Milking Parlour
Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride
Wicklow, Ireland, A67TK64

Monday–Friday: 10:00AM–6:00PM

tel: +353(0)858895499

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