Online Workshop: Cultural Entrepreneurship

Cultural entrepreneurship is an economic as well as socio-cultural activity based on innovation, risk taking and maximizing opportunities. This online workshop focuses on the essence, uniqueness, and importance of cultural entrepreneurship in the overall strategic management and policy-making process. An important aspect of the workshop is intrapreneurship in the cultural sector and how to manage internal innovations in a systematic way.

The workshop combines theoretical discourses with practical case studies from different countries around the world. Participants critically analyze entrepreneurial cases and examples by implementing appropriate theoretical models. As part of the learning process, we identify key issues and suggest strategic solutions for the development of start-up organizations, as well as from the perspective of cultural policy-making. These include:

·        How can we, as cultural planners, managers, and policy-makers, promote a proper environment in which cultural entrepreneurship can flourish?

·        What are the ways to connect creative practices and innovative tools with new business and financial models, and secure appropriate financial and material infrastructures to support them?

·        What strategies does a cultural entrepreneur need to adopt in order to manage a start-up creative enterprise in a sustainable mode?

·        What is the role of strategic alliances, networking, collaboration and partnership in entrepreneurial practice within the cultural sector?

·        Why and how could cultural entrepreneurs expand and manage their startup ventures abroad? And what is the support system for international entrepreneurship in the arts?

This course is designed to fill the gap between a typical short webinar and a longer online course. Each workshop is led by an international expert, combines lectures and small group discussion, and meets online for two (2) hours, once a week for three weeks. There is also an online discussion board for sharing information and group discussion during the three weeks. There is no grading.

Instructor: Dr. Lidia Varbanova

Standard Fee: $325

Read a recent paper “How Cities can Nurture Cultural Entrepreneurs" published by the Kauffman Foundation (November, 2013) which discusses the importance of cultural entrepreneurship to communities.

"This workshop really was what I expected it to be. There were a lot of wonderful examples connected with the theoretical discourses. Many thanks to UBC for organizing it!" - Anne Kurzweg, 2016 workshop student

Course Format

The format of this course is 100% online.

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