How might we gain new competences, to enhance innovation eco-systems growth, through Play’n’Learn methodologies?

That is next on the agenda for the SPECTRA Consortium Partners, as a part of the objective to demonstrate successful existing initiatives, their role and activities towards uniting, and representing a bigger ecosystem of stakeholders with a joint clearly defined purpose to support key stakeholders, including SMEs and start-ups towards innovation deployment. In particular, mechanisms that exist need to be enriched further by cross-collaboration and new learning mechanisms to increase the body of knowledge and enhance capacity building.

Play & Learn can be defined as creative and imaginative ways to transfer knowledge (e.g. cities as playgrounds, playful universities etc.). Creative Business Network have devised a methodology where learning meets playing, as a way to generate impact, helping start-ups, companies and institutions working on education, games and learning to grow and implement innovative projects in the creative sector. SPECTRA partners will test this methodology within a serious game setting on 12 September 2023 in a hybrid setting, to tackle the issue of more inclusive, diverse ecosystem growth.

This Creative Business Network activity will be supported by a lead expert in Play and Learn methodologies – Kim Holflod.

Kim Holflod is a PhD in Education Studies with a dissertation on playful approaches in higher education. He holds a Master of Arts and a Master of ICT and Learning and is currently assistant professor at University College Copenhagen and postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University. He is part of the EU Horizon project ‘EPIC-WE’ as a task lead and hub lead and also part of Playful Learning Praxis Research in Denmark working with design-based research, playful design, higher education, and boundary-crossing co-creation.

The session will comprise the following activities:

Activity 1: Weaving futures
This activity aims to play with and identify contextually relevant/inspiring playful design principles and relate them to your current challenges to motivate shared reflection.
Activity 2: Prototyping futures
This activity is aimed towards playful co-creation of a prototype to trigger discussion about the future – and its diverse issues, problems, or potentials.

The knowledge, experience, methodologies and recommendations from this session, will be summarised in a report and shared with the public for further dissemination, via our mighty networks SPECTRA community space. Stay in touch for more!

Photo 147635653 | Play Learn © David Burke | Dreamstime.com

The ambition of SPECTRA is to build methods, tools and ecosystem interventions that are capable of self-perpetuating collaboration and innovation, creating added-value, and provide an incentive for adaptive, resilient and sustainable ecosystems.

The expert panel discussion to be held on 21st August 16:30-17:30 CEST, virtually, co-organised by the SPECTRA partners Creative Business Network and Western Development Commission, will support learning of new and extended innovation skills to support development of creative industries ecosystems. Such frameworks are extremely important to enable an ongoing process, that self-perpetuates and renews in order to create a sustainable cycle with regular influx of new ideas based on open innovation, new investment, and increased participation of innovators, in particular underrepresented groups such as women innovators.

Panel discussion objectives aim to help stakeholders to:

  • Pin-point specific learnings from the though-leaders on inclusivity and diversity
  • Identify and examine best practice and key directions
  • Engage in intra-territorial learning and knowledge exchange, facilitating replication and new linkages
  • Identify examples for great inclusivity and open innovation methods for ecosystem development, to support advancement of innovation supports for creative industry sector and greater involvement of typically underrepresented groups and communities.

Panelists:

1. Mikkel Orlovski, Associated Partner, ConnectingCultures and Owner, Diversity HR Partner

Mikkel is a senior expert on Inclusivity and Diversity. Currently he is Principal Consultant and Associated Partner at ConnectingCultures and owner of Diversity HR Parner. He has more than 15 years of experience working with developing cultural intelligence in global teams and facilitating Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)/Unconscious Bias workshops.

Mikkel has a background in Intercultural Psychology, is CQ certified from the Cultural Intelligence Center, and primarily works with building Cultural Intelligence in teams and organisations as well as Diversity and Inclusion programs.

As a consultant, Mikkel often combines his knowledge on how to lead or collaborate effectively in diverse groups and across cultures, genders, professional backgrounds, ages and personality styles. He is certified and experienced in a variety of personality and developmental tests and tools.”

2. Martin B. Justesen, Senior Consultant at Kooperationen, Ex – Founder and Director of SundHub & CSE

Professional, committed developer of successful Innovation and Learning environments. Experience entrepreneurial eco-system builder, with 15+ years of experience in Business Development, Coaching and Matchmaking.

Currently he is Senior Consultant for Kooperationen, a new business model of startup incubation. In his past, he has run and started some of the most successful Danish student’s innovation and entrepreneurial hubs including Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship as part of Copenhagen Business School, and SundHub as part of University of Copenhagen.

He is passionate about helping skilled, creative people solving problems, finding solutions, and starting new business.

3. Daiva Staneikaite Naldal, Strategic Advisor and Owner at DSTN Ventures, Ex – Director Lego Ideas and Open Innovation at LEGO, Expert at Creative Business Network

Experienced international marketing and innovation leader with 20+ year of professional career, working with international brands and startup ecosystems .

As former Director of Marketing & Open Innovation at the LEGO Group, she is behind the success of LEGO Ideas (ideas.lego.com) – the best-in-class crowdsourcing hub that integrates user-driven innovation into LEGO’s innovation pipeline, and facilitating meaningful engagement across the user-ecosystem.

Daiva comes with a track record of successfully developing and bringing to market new products and growing newbiz opportunities through unconventional innovation formats and partnerships– all the way from testing radical product concepts, piloting new business formulas and scaling these into sizable & sustainable global businesses.

Currently, Daiva runs her own consulting practice ( DSTN-ventures.com) , helping various companies to develop their own open innovation programs and business strategies. She is a business mentor, guest lecturer at selected universities, board member and advisor for several startups and accelerators, as well as a popular keynote speaker.

Moderator:

Jessica Fuller, Creative Industries Programme Manager, Atlantic Region of Innovation, Western Development Commission

Responsible for leading and delivering the CCSI cluster ambition in the Atlantic Region over the next five years. Led out on models to engage diverse entities across the CCSI and other industries to drive productive industry opportunity, enterprise development and job creation. A dynamic leader, with +25 years track record in senior management driving successful development and tangible impact in all spheres of the quadruple helix including Industry, Higher Education, Community and Government. Extensive experience working on a multi-lateral basis with government departments, state and EU agencies, tertiary education, regulatory bodies and private industry, and comprehensive knowledge of national and European policies, strategies and regulatory resource frameworks. Founder director of two creative enterprises, with direct experience of the complexities of establishing, operating and scaling self-sustaining creative enterprises with a global market focus. Diploma in Corporate Governance (UCD Smurfit) and a Masters in Cultural Policy (UDC). Regular contributor to public institutions policy and strategy debates/papers.

You can register for this event under the following link: “Ecosystem as an open innovation platform with inclusivity as key enabler” Tickets, Mon 21 Aug 2023 at 15:30 | Eventbrite

The ambition of SPECTRA is to build methods, tools and ecosystem interventions that are capable of self-perpetuating collaboration and innovation, creating added-value, and provide an incentive for adaptive, resilient and sustainable ecosystems.

An expert panel discussion is going to take place on 21st August 2023 from 15:00-16:00 CEST that will support learning of new and extended innovation skills to support development of creative industries ecosystems. Such frameworks are extremely important to enable an ongoing process, that self-perpetuates and renews in order to create a sustainable cycle with regular influx of new ideas based on open innovation, new investment, and increased participation of innovators, in particular underrepresented groups such as women innovators.

Event objectives are to help to:

  • Pin-point specific learnings from the innovation though-leaders
  • Identify and examine best practice and key future innovation directions and trends
  • Engage in intra-territorial learning and knowledge exchange, facilitating replication and new linkages
  • Identify examples for embedding innovation skills and methods for ecosystem development, to support advancement of innovation supports for creative industry sector.

Panelists are:

1. Ulla Sommerfelt, Entrepreneur, Business Angel, Ex – CEO Eggs Design

Ulla is an entrepreneur and business angel. She recently sold her company and left her position as the CEO of EGGS Design – a successful and leading Nordic design & innovation consultancy. Today, Ulla is focusing on helping startups and scale-ups succeed with their businesses. She is an expert in building and scaling innovation cultures. Ulla is in the process of writing a book about how to build cultures for startups that are scaling up, and gives talks and holds workshops about the topic.

2. Dr. Gjoko Muratovski, Director – Digital Futures, Deakin University / Victorian Government (Australia)

By combining design-led innovation and strategic foresight with lean business principles, Dr. Gjoko Muratovski helps organizations become human-centric, more efficient, and future-proofed. Muratovski has more than 25 years of experience working and collaborating with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and governments from around the world, including the US Federal Government, Australian State Governments, NASA, International Space Station (ISS), World Health Organization, UNESCO, Greenpeace, TATA Consultancy Services, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Toyota, Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Amazon, and Facebook. Currently, Muratovski is the Director of the Victorian Government-funded program, Digital Futures, which is delivered in partnership with Deakin University (Australia). He is also an Innovation Consultant at Stanford University (USA) and Project Partner with the BMW Group + QUT Design Academy (Australia). Muratovski has also been an invited member of thought leading organizations such as the Yale Higher Education Leadership Summit (USA), Oxford Digital Leaders Network (UK), Forbes Councils (USA), and the Future of Learning (India).

3. Patrik Sandin, Director and Head of Practice Area Sustainability, Cordial AB

Patrik is currently Director and Head of Practice Area Sustainability at Cordial AB. Prior to Cordial, Patrik was Associate Partner and part of the EMEA Innovation and Sustainabilty leadership teams at Bain & Co and before that Director of Ventures & Growth at Ericsson ONE. Patrik has 25 years of consulting experience and is particularly passionate about facilitating transformation towards sustainable business models leveraging exponential technologies and digitalization. He is a sought after speaker and lecturer having spoken at TEDx, Green Design Forum, Planetiers World Gathering, China High Tech Expo, RISE Corporate Innovation Summit and Singapore SWITCH as well as a frequent guest lecturer on strategy, sustainability and innovation at CEIBS, Shanghai University MBA Program, Low Carbon College and Chinese University Hong Kong.

4. Róisín Buckley, Director and Producer of PIQUANT Creative Agency, Ireland

Communications expert Róisín Buckley is a director at Piquant, a full-service creative agency based in Limerick City with over 10+ years of an international track-record. Róisín specialises in communications consultancy, online campaign planning, media production and management. Róisín leads Piquant’s communication and media production teams in the realisation of effective multi-platform digital projects. She implemented internal innovation processes, such as the ‘Piquant Reflective Process’ used to generate and implement systemic changes lead from within the team. She regularly speaks on the topics of design and innovation and has helped run and participated in a number of growth and capacity building regional and national initiatives, such as with the Irish Design Institute on the topic of building in-house design capability. She holds a Professional Diploma, Creativity, Innovation & Leadership from University College Dublin, as well as a BSc in Communications, Communications and Broadcasting.

Moderator:

Marjan Nikolovski, Innovation Expert Lead and EU Programmes & Project Lead for Creative Business Network (CBN).

Marjan is a Design Thinker, an intrapreneur, and a relationship builder with 13+ years of experience in innovation, people, business, and concept development. He is also highly experienced in building and maintaining Strategic Partnerships, Private-public collaborations, as well Senior Career Development consultant for Academics and Leaders. Marjan has several international degrees from different Danish universities, where the latest is a Master degree in Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Copenhagen Business School – a top 5 master programme for Innovation, globally.

You can register for the event at the following link: Stimulating internal innovation and use of Experimentation Tickets, Mon 21 Aug 2023 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

Within Work Package 3 (WP3), SPECTRA partners are learning from advanced initiative championed by the Creative Business Network (CBN), focusing on Tools, Systems, Methods & Structures for an Amplified Ecosystem.

Specifically, this includes activities to:

  • Engage with, and learn from, successful CBN ecosystem & network building practices and model for regional ecosystem development.
  • Acquire and exchange new knowledge, skills, methods, tools, systems and structures that can be utilised by moderate and emerging regions to strengthen their respective ecosystems.

On 20th July, CBN’s Rasmus Tscherning and Marjan Nikolovski collaborated with Amy Cosper – former Vice President of Entrepreneur Media Inc., and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine, an expert on storytelling, delivering insights with focus on storytelling as tool for growing CCSI innovation eco-systems. The learning session was also supported by the EKIP Horizon Project (European Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries Policy Platform).

Amy is one of the most prominent voices in the world on the topic of entrepreneurship. As the Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur magazine, Ms. Cosper knows what it means to innovate, create and disrupt an industry—and an economy. An entrepreneur in her own right, Amy has become an evangelist for entrepreneurship around the globe as one of the most sought-after speakers keynoting and judging at prominent entrepreneurial events, such as Disrupt Athens in Greece, the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, ShiftSplit in Croatia, and the upcoming Global Entrepreneur Network Conference in Milan. She is regularly tapped for her commentary among her fellow journalists, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, and appearances on Fox Business, ABC News, CNN and Bloomberg Television. In addition to her perspectives on entrepreneurship, she is often asked to provide insights on a spectrum of topics from free economics, social media optimization, broadcasting, the Internet, VC strategies, media, online profiling and user behaviors, and content strategies.

This interactive session focussed on factors for success, inspiring change, stimulating investment and entrepreneurship within the CCSI, all as underpinning drivers for ecosystem development. The session provided numerous case studies and examples of ecosystem development, especially in terms of getting from a stage of nascent development to a more mature environment, including overcoming challenges of barriers of mentality, attitudes and bias acting as blockers, to support organic development, driven by entrepreneurs. There is a solid argument for allowing the entrepreneurial movement to be the key driver of policy, in order to create an intelligent ecosystem, harnessing the community at its core.

To access these insights, you can view the recording as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/TtYduWOgE2ytYj3jPcxBwsSfNYfIWJPH4JygAja9TrqO37jwVveuHn6PQ7KqVbDp.egG3FQlC8cbwtmaG
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Within Work Package 3 (WP3), SPECTRA partners are learning from advanced initiative championed by the Creative Business Network (CBN), focusing on Tools, Systems, Methods & Structures for an Amplified Ecosystem.

Specifically, this includes activities to:

  • Engage with, and learn from, successful CBN ecosystem & network building practices and model for regional ecosystem development.
  • Acquire and exchange new knowledge, skills, methods, tools, systems and structures that can be utilised by moderate and emerging regions to strengthen their respective ecosystems.

On 20th July, CBN’s Rasmus Tscherning and Marjan Nikolovski collaborated with Alexandre Lotito, from Techonopolis Group, to deliver an interactive session on Policy and its importance to ecosystem development, a senior policy expert also helping drive the EKIP Horizon Project (European Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries Policy Platform). The Technopolis Group is one of Europe’s leading consultancies in science, technology, and innovation policy.

The interactive session was focusing on:

  1. Policy: A policy refers to a public intervention in a specific domain where certain challenges, problems, and needs have been identified and must be addressed. This intervention becomes necessary when there is a market failure or where current systems or practices are not sufficiently addressing these challenges. In our context, we will be looking at policies relevant to the CCSI.
  2. Ecosystem: An ecosystem, in our context, refers to a community of interdependent heterogenous actors coordinated through a co-alignment structure who collectively deliver an ecosystem-level output. These actors can include organisations engaged in the production, transfer, and exploitation of knowledge, such as universities, public research organisations, companies, public sector and civil society organisations, and intermediaries.

Understanding these two key concepts set the stage for the discussion about how policy influences and shapes innovation ecosystems within the CCSI.

As part of the presentation, participants reflected on and discussed the following points:

  1. Greatest Challenges: What are the most significant policy-related challenges you encounter in your sector?
  2. Policy Needs: Are there specific needs in your area that could be addressed through policy interventions?
  3. Policymaker Relations: How would you describe your relationship with policymakers within your ecosystem?
  4. Ecosystem Actors: Who are the primary actors within your innovation ecosystem, and how do they interact?
  5. Policy Influence: How have existing policies influenced your activities and the broader ecosystem?

SPECTRA partners benefited greatly from the rich insights provided from this learning session. The recording of the session can be accessed on the Zoom Platform as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/F8J8k1K0W7szKL6yAeJeSC-Qh4abxcF52jBVHPOY7I917T1gca_1KDv34m8R0i_W.WFge8xnv8Jsyt20r

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BIC Innobridge and Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a two-day study visit on July 3rd and 4th 2023 in Ruse, Bulgaria. The meetings with representatives of the creative sector were organized under the project “SPECTRA – Stimulating Performance of Ecosystems in Creative Territories and Regional Actors”, funded by EISMEA, within the Horizon Europe programme.

The purpose of the visit was to get the project partners closer to the local ecosystem and policies in order to gain a real insight into the level of development of the creative and cultural sector in the region. The delegation met with both active companies working in the field and local policymakers developing various programs to stimulate it.

The two-day programme included visits to the Ruse Creative Center, Ruse Municipality offices, as well as “Angel Kanchev” Ruse University, where the guests had the opportunity to see concrete products and initiatives. Part of the visit also included talks with representatives of the Bulgarian Fashion Association, the Professional School of Clothing and Fashion Design “Nedka Ivan Lazarova” – Ruse, media company Arena Media and meeting an entrepreneur from a local company for the production of mobile houses “Koleliba”, who shared valuable information related to the work, opportunities, problems and prospects in the sector.

The SPECTRA project brings together a series of initiatives that are aimed at developing the CCI sector, engaging over 1,000 stakeholders through 30 workshops, experiments/challenges, workshops and roundtables and will provide support to over 100 start-ups. The study visit to Ruse was part of the activity dedicated to the preparation of a large-scale analysis of the state of the creative industries, including up-to-date data from Bulgaria, Ireland, Denmark and Germany, identifying specific challenges for the young and emerging ecosystems in Bulgaria and Ireland and possible solutions drawn from the best practices of the already developed sector in Denmark and Germany.

The project is implemented in partnership with WESTERN DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (WDC) — (Ireland), Creative Business Network — (Denmark), MEDIA DEALS UG — (Germany), Creative Enterprise West —  (Ireland) and BIC Innobridge (Bulgaria).

 

Western Development Commission today launches a new project SPECTRA. This project which will be coordinated by Western Development Commission is the result of a successful funding application from the European Commission under the “Horizon Europe European Interconnected Ecosystem” funding call.

SPECTRA stands for ‘Stimulating Performance of Ecosystems in Creative Territories and Regional Actors’. The project was developed in collaboration between the partners in Ireland (Northern and Western), Bulgaria (North-Central-BG), Denmark (Hovedstaden) and Germany (Berlin).

SPECTRA will help the West of Ireland (represented through Western Development Commission (project coordinator) and CREW, (including associate partners Atlantic Technological University and Galway Cultural DAC) to create more responsive, resilient ecosystem, capable of growing and developing coordinated responses to many challenges creative industries are facing. It will focus on collaboration resulting in enhanced, inter-connected, diverse, gender-responsive, competitive, and sustainable ecosystems.

Additionally, SPECTRA will include activities directed at the creative innovation businesses and stakeholders that will encourage development of joint strategies and amplify collaboration. They will benefit extensively from the advanced business support models developed to fast-track start-ups, produce scale-ups, avail of best practice, new systems, structures and tools, as well as data-driven & carbon-reducing challenge-based innovation methods, case studies, role models, cross-sectoral and intra-territorial learning – creating an excess of 300 new linkages.

Helena Deane, West Regional Enterprise Plan, Programme Manager said

“Sustainable growth is increasingly related to the capacity of regional economies to innovate and transform, adapting to an ever changing and more competitive environment.

This means that a much greater effort needs to be put into creating the eco-systems that encourage innovation, research and development (R&D) and entrepreneurship. SPECTRA will be that capacity building catalyst, with support from the Western Development Commission, CREW and the West Regional Enterprise Plan stakeholders”.

This project will contribute to the regional leadership of the WDC in the development of the creative economy, further supporting numerous initiatives with regional, national and international partners, including creative industries investment. In addition to supporting the WDC strategic commitment to the creative economy, it is also underpinning the Strategic Objective in the West Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024 – to ‘Strengthen and harness the cultural and creative sector to attract new investment, commercialization and collaborative opportunities’.

The international partners include BIC Innobridge (Bulgaria), Media Deals (Germany) and the Creative Business Network (Denmark).The project, funded through the European Commission via the Horizon Europe European Interconnected Ecosystem funding call, has a two year duration (from December 2022 to November 2024) and will support activities of the consortium to the value of over €516,000, representing a contribution of almost €200,000 to the region.

The SPECTRA Coordinator Western Development Commission, together with partner CREW Digital and associate partners Galway Culture Company and Atlantic Technological University, welcomed SPECTRA partners from Ruse region in Bulgaria (BIC Innobridge and Ruse Chamber of Commerce), Copenhagen Denmark (Creative Business Network) and Berlin Germany (Media Deals) in Galway on 10th and 11th January 2023.

On the first day of the meeting, the partners were invited to meet at Porteshed a Dó, a city-based hot-spot for innovation, start-ups, scale-ups, and hot-deskers. Regional stakeholders gave an overview of activities on the state of play of creative industries, and some of the key initiatives and programmes taking place, as well as planned. Ian Brannigan of Western Development Commission, gave a presentation on the long-standing involvement of the WDC in the Creative Sector, starting with research and policy work and continuing through the realm of European projects and focused initiatives. Paddy Tobbin of the Atlantic Technological University spoke about the necessity to connect technological capability, education and & skills with entrepreneurial supports and illustrated the activities of the School of Design and Creative Arts. CREW’s Niamh Costello outlined their work in creating a programme of supports in close collaboration with regional stakeholders and currently working on a state-of-the-art creative innovation hub building, co-located with ATU. Helena Deane discussed the actions under objectives in the West Regional Enterprise Plan, which aims to strengthen the Creative and Cultural Sector and various projects underway in the region. Work of the Galway Culture Company was highlighted by Marilyn Gaughan-Reddan together with some major achievements of the city in the filed of Arts, Film and Culture. Jessica Fuller, acting Programme Manager for the North-West Regional Enterprise Plan, gave a few highlights from her work with creative industries, and from her research.

A networking lunch followed, during which the visiting partners connected to some of the board members of CREW digital, with WDC Sustainable Enterprise Programme Manager Roger Sweetman, Alan Hernon, the EU projects Executive, CEO and members of the Portershed, and others. The study visit encompassed a tour of Pálás, a three-screen arthouse cinema and cultural space in the UNESCO city of film Galway. The partners got to discuss the cinema’s offering and services, business model, partnerships, and other facts of interest.

The day was rounded of with an interactive roundtable session hosted by the Galway Chamber of Commerce. Their CEO, Kenny Chambers depicted some of the activities with emphasis on CCSI and the ecosystem. Local Enterprise Office’s Caroline MacDonagh, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, spoke about the business support framework for the SMEs and start-ups, giving an overview of some of the main features. The visitors also got to hear from the Arts officer from Galway City, Kate Howard. Kate described how Galway City Arts Office works in partnership with the various sections and departments within the council from Tourism, Community and the Galway Culture Company to develop and strengthen arts opportunities in communities, neighbourhoods and districts across the city. A particular highlight was the discussion about the many festivals and events taking place throughout the year, and associated businesses and NGOs. Finally, Galway Film Fleadh was presented – an international film festival taking place every July, which was originally founded in 1989 as a platform for Irish filmmakers to exhibit their work to their peers, and which is a platform for the boldest new films and brings audiences & filmmakers from around the world together, to celebrate a shared passion for film.

On the 11th of June, the consortium worked on project delivery, programming and final exchange, also looking at the next steps and future study visits. The deep dive over the 2 days has given an opportunity to other partners and regions to really understand the composition of the ecosystem, as well its strengths, challenges and opportunities, the exchange constituting a basis for future joint activities. During the 2 days of the study visit, many new linkages and connections were formed.

An important aspect of SPECTRA is to facilitate learning and knowledge transfer from more mature, stronger innovation regions (Denmark and Germany) to those that are moderate and emerging innovator regions (West of Ireland and Bulgaria).

As a part of the activities in Work Package 2, under action T2.4 Accelerated Ecosystems: Inter-Territorial cross-learning, to facilitate this process of learning and exchange, 4 study visits have been planned, where partners will have the opportunity to visit each other’s ecosystems. Study visits are a very effective tool for establishing inter-territorial cooperation schemes and networks, for raising awareness of initiatives that work well and for learning about examples of good practice in other countries. The outcomes of these study visits will be documented and disseminated within the respective ecosystems and beyond, to facilitate adaptation and replication of lessons learned, thereby accelerating the development of the ecosystems, which will be enriched with new ideas for interventions and linkages.

In January 2023, the first study visit to Ireland took place, in Galway and in June 2023, a further study visit has been planned, to learn more about the creative ecosystem in Copenhagen, The partners will be hosted by the Creative Business Network, who will run a Global Event, the Creative Business Cup Finals, on 5th June, which partners will get to experience in the Volume, a distinctive venue in Copenhagen, which showcases the city’s industrial past. The volume is a former tram depot at Enghavevej 80 and offers 700 square meters of space for the global creative community to gather and collaborate. As a thriving cultural and creative hub, Volume provides a great atmosphere for celebrating innovation, as well as creativity and SPECTRA partners will have the opportunity to experience this. On the 6th of June, that partners will also meet with some ecosystem stakeholders, and learn about other initiatives, The coordinators of the project, Western Development Commission, will also attend the Creative Policy Lab on 3rd June, past of the EKIP project and the 3daysofdesign, including the BEDA Design Forum, at the Danish Design Center which is located ​​in BLOXhub, a hub for design, architecture and urban innovation in Copenhagen. .

Alongside the study visit activities, the partners will also have a project management meeting, to discuss progress of the project, and plan follow-up activities.