Ignite Creative Pod – Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon

Coming to Ballaghaderreen in mid January 2017, IGNITE CREATIVE will see 10 potential creative entrepreneurs immersed in a new entrepreneurship programme specifically developed for creatives. Thanks to the Ballaghaderreen community, Roscommon Leader Partnerhsip, Local Enterprise Office Roscommon and Momentum, a new cohort of creative entrepreneurs will benefit from:

  • A multi-faceted learning experience to set up a creative business.
  • Ignite combines expert led workshops, mentoring and study visit
  • Avail of FREE collaborative working space for 6 months in Ballaghaderreen – a place where creative and commercial magic can happen
  • Avail of a small bursary fund to help you showcase your new creative business

Interested in setting up a new creative business in the area of craft, design, fashion, IT – software & computer services, architecture, the performing arts, advertising & P.R., publishing or the many new forms of media?  Ignite creative entrepreneurs is now open for applications from across our region in Ireland  – apply before the deadline of 4th January 2017 by following this link:

Apply for your FREE place now


All training takes place in the Ignite Creative Pod, Ballaghaderreen (unless otherwise stated)

Module 1 – Creating possibilities: Why a creative career?
Date – Monday 16/01/17 (am)

 Is a creative career for you? Realising your talents and making your creativity pay.

 Spotlight on creative, self- employed mind sets

 Difference between a creative brain vs a business brain

 Emerging trends in creative entrepreneurship

 Making your creativity pay

 Developing your creative business

 Creative Entrepreneur success factors

Module 2 – Different Business Models and Emerging Trends
Date – Monday 16/01/17 (pm)

 Exploring the Freelancer Economy

 Time to embrace a Slash Career. What this means for you today?

 New platforms for pairing talent

 Looking at models of best practice

 Specialist Design & Creativity summits essential for learning & Networking

 Guest speaker – wellbeing, fear of failure and balance in your new creative business

Module 3 – Your Creative Business Strategy: Getting Started
Date Tuesday 17/01/17

 The nuts and bolts of running a creative business

 Definitions of a business – working out where you fit

 Business structures – which one is for you, investing in mattering- the essentials of good business practice

 Business planning – How does this work?

 Intellectual Property – protecting your work

 Making the most of business mentoring

 Guest speaker – local creative entrepreneur

Module 4 – Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs
Date Monday 30/01/17

 Marketing at the heart of your business approach

 How to build a brand with impact on a shoestring

 Your online presence

 Effective promotion tools – on and off line and social media marketing

Module 5 – Accessing Resources – Financing and supports available
Date Tuesday 31/01/17

 Demystify funding opportunities /Connect you to the right opportunities

 Loans & grants available to creatives

 Creative sector specific funding

 Heard about crowdfunding? Crowd funding platforms

 The Application process – Increase your chances of success

 Guest speakers – Meet your local funders (LEO Roscommon, Roscommon LEADER Partnership), Department of Social Protection

Module 6 – Co-working: How do we work? Creative Clusters/ Creative Hubs
Date Monday 6/02/17

 Co working is a great way to work. What does this mean for you?

 Why do we work. Who do we work for? Exploring the advantages of co working.

 Learning from Creative Hubs – models of best practice from Ireland, UK, Poland & Sweden

 Creative Clustering: Case Studies – Creative Clusters Global/Local

 Makerspaces/Hackerspaces/ Future Trends – opportunities for you

Module 7 – Creative Collaborations, Communities & Connection – Why collaborate and how?
Date Monday 6/02/17

 Connection between community & belonging from a creative perspective

 How we think of creative collaboration today. Reference to the past.

 New methodologies for creative collaborations & success tools.

 Collaboration and Connection. What does this mean for you?

 CASE STUDIES of creative collectives

 Collaboration and sharing through use of technology

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