Who We Are

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy
at the Centre For Creative Practices

Who We Are

Creative Entrepreneurs Academy was created to tackle a skills gap among Creative, Artistic and Cultural Professionals by equipping them with the business and commercial acumen not traditionally covered on degree creative courses.

We help aspiring Creative Entrepreneurs to learn how to brand, market and sell their products and services effectively through our intensive bootcamps, workshops, one-to-one mentoring sessions and through access to our growing online resources.

We run our flagship programme Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp along with a number of shorter, tailored courses as a residential course in our main premises in Wicklow/Ireland and also as an in-house programme throughout Europe and oversee.

Our Creative Entrepreneurs Academy has a proven track of helping ambitious entrepreneurs to turn their creative ideas into viable, scalable enterprises.

Our Timeline


Creative Frame, Leitrim – Setting Up A Mentoring Programme Workshop
Words Ireland, Wexford – A Guide to Mentoring for Writers Workshop
CIEE, Dublin – Global Entrepreneurship Workshop
Northeastern University, Boston – International Management, Degree Module
Northeastern University, Boston – International Relations, Degree Module
Innovation Academy, TCD – Value Proposition Presentation and Workshop
Innovation Academy, TCD – Creative Thinking Presentation and Workshop


ArtNet, Dun Laoghaire – The Value of your Work Presentation and Workshop
Innovation Academy, TCD – Value Proposition Presentation and Workshop
Innovation Academy, TCD – Creative Thinking Presentation and Workshop
South Eastern Creative Corridor – Learning How to Pitch Presentation and Workshop
Champlain College, Dublin – Creative Dublin Project – Diversity, Degree Module


Bratislava, Slovak Government – Paper on the Role of Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector – Conference: Developing Talent & Opportunities
Bratislava, Slovak Government – Paper on Connecting Creative Talent and Opportunities – Conference: Developing Talent & Opportunities
San Sebastian, EC Commission – Paper and Panel member on Creative Entrepreneurship – EC University Business Forum
Trinity College, Dublin – Paper on the Role of Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector
DIT, Dublin – Paper on the Role of Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector
Pécs, Hungary – Paper on the Role of Entrepreneurship in the Creative Sector – Conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of faculty of music and applied arts
ArtNet, Dun Laoghaire – Pitching Your Idea Presentation and Workshop
ArtNet, Dun Laoghaire – Telling Your Story Presentation and Workshop


Southampton, Solent University – Paper about the need for Creative Entrepreneurship Training for Cultural Practitioners;


UCD – Irish Arts Policy Conference;
Cork – Mid-summer Festival – Sharing Resources in the Arts;


PICAS, Belfast – New Forms of Interculturalism;
UCD – Arts Leaders talk to MA in Arts Policy and Management students; Dublin;


UCD – Arts Leaders talk to MA in Arts Policy and Management students; Dublin;


UCD – Arts Leaders talk to MA in Arts Policy and Management students; Dublin;


Cork, National Sculpture Factory – “Do you speak art?”

The Team

Monika Sapielak


Entrepreneur and Innovator with 25 years of work experience as CEO, Manager, Cultural Leader, Mentor & Educator.

Recipient of the Merit to Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as well as Main Awardee of the Arthur Guinness Fund.

Co-Founder of the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy that provides tailored entrepreneurial training and coaching to individuals and companies working in the Cultural and Creative Industries.

Founder & CEO of ArtConnected – a SaaS that matches Creative Opportunities with Talent.

Co-founder and CEO of Centre for Creative Practices focused on integrating, promoting and mentoring migrant, experimental and emerging artists. Curator of its yearly flagship event called New Voices of Ireland Series.

Regular guest speaker and lecturer at conferences, in higher education institutions and for the media in Europe and in Ireland. Monika’s recent talks include University Business Forum, in Oct’16 in San Sebastian; Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, University of Pecs, Hungary, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Monika’s mentoring and coaching expertise includes Start-up support, Business Strategy, Value Proposition and USP; Stakeholders Relationships; Fundraising; Audience  & Customers’ base development; Market research.

As a seasoned and dedicated fundraiser Monika supports creative organisations, projects and individuals in accessing local and EU funding.

Ian Oliver

Head of Artistic & Creative Entrepreneurship

Ian has over 15 years’ senior management and entrepreneurial experience in the Arts, creative and technology Sectors and 4 years’ experience working with Local Government, Local Enterprise Offices, Local Arts Offices, Arts Organisations and Venues, Universities, Businesses and Community Groups throughout Ireland, auditing and engaging the artistic and creative community within specific geographic regions.

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's experience includes developing and implementing business / career / marketing strategies, marketing, business development, digital media, digital content creation, communications, project management, developing business, marketing and digital media strategies and implementation, project development, management and budgeting, resource management, team development and cohesion, training and training distribution methods for clients, staff and stakeholders.

Ian regularly gives papers on Artistic & Creative Entrepreneurship including:

  • What is Creative Entrepreneurship, Trans National Creative Exchange, Solent University Southampton, October 2015;
  • The Role of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Developing Talent and Opportunities, Slovak Government as part of their EU Presidency, Bratislava, September 2016;
  • Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts, 20th Anniversary Conference, University of Pécs, Hungary, November 2016;
  • Developing a Creative Model Canvas, 3E Conference, Cork, May 2017.


Who We Work With:

Find Us

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

Monday–Friday: 10:00AM–6:00PM

tel: +353(0)858895499
email: jo@creativeentrepreneurs.ie

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