Erasmus+ KA1 Training Programme

Courses 2020

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy
at the Centre For Creative Practices

Creative Thinking, Innovation & Business Model Development

for Organisation and Project Leaders


7 – 11 February 2020
22 – 26 May 2020
20 – 24 October 2020

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Ashford Heritage Centre
Co. Wicklow



This 5-day training programme 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, and benchmarking.

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


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 generated 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 without drowning in a sea of data but addressing the problem / solution fit, scale, market and cost.
  • Learning how to adapt or modify ideas.

Through practical exercises, field trips and workshops in different environmental situations participants will experience how factors that can and cannot be controlled affect the ideation and testing phase.


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.


Participants will learn the processes involved in bringing an idea through to application.  They will look at idea generation and introduced to three ideation techniques that aid creative thinking.  Idea validation and testing through defining 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 idea 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.


The Creative Thinking, Innovation & Business Model Development Training Programme has 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.


Day 1

Course Overview & Introduction – Models and ideation techniques

Day 2

Idea generation – Divergent Thinking techniques – using different environments and stimuli to generate ideas.

Day 3

Ideas validation – Convergent Thinking techniques – defining a set of metrics to use to refine the ideas and to develop 1 – 2 ideas to take forward to testing.

Day 4

Ideas testing – Real World testing workshops – using parts of the lean & business model canvas to test the ideas.

Day 5

Pitching and Presenting Skills – Learning how to pitch and present your ideas and receive feedback.

The Week in Review – Review session seeing how the whole process works and how we can move to the next step.


These all take place at the local sites:

  • Glendalough, Visitors Centre and walk in the Wicklow National Park
  • Wicklow Coastal Walk Area
  • Glenmalure Valley
  • Local cultural Centres


Monika Sapielak

CEO, Centre for Creative Practices andArtConnected

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 Entrepreneurship, Creative and Artistic 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 Ireland auditing 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, 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 Erasmus+ programme.


Learning the process involved in bringing an idea through to application including:

  • the ability to use three ideation techniques.
  • the ability to define sets of metrics to examine the feasibility of their ideas.
  • the use of divergent thinking techniques to gather ideas.
  • the use of convergent thinking techniques to refine ideas based on set metrics.
  • how different stimuli can affect the ideation process.
  • how to perform research on chosen ideas.
  • how to test ideas in a real-world environment.



Along with the above participants will also:  

  • improve both their skills as well as employability.
  • learn techniques how to creatively deal with failures and mistakes that are part of innovation.
  • improve their foreign language competences.
  • expand their professional and personal European network reinforcing European cooperation, reflecting and exchanging in a European and global context.z


Leaders, Entrepreneurs, SME Owners, Managers, People and organisations involved in the Cultural and Creative Sectors; Social Enterprises; Community Leaders; Migrant Led Organisations; NGO’s, Not-for-Profit Organisations, Teachers, Remote workers, and Local Government.


  • Europass Mobility Certificate
  • Certificate of Obtained Competences
  • Certificate of Completion





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Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride
Wicklow, Ireland, A67TK64

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