Tuesday 14 November 2017 to Thursday 16 November 2017
Moscow, Lectoriy Sinkhronizatsii, Kursovoi pereulok st., 17 bld. 1

We’re looking for creative entrepreneurs to participate in our creative enterprise workshop from 14-16 November in association with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) and Creative Industries.

The inaugural creative enterprise workshop ran in 2012-2013, culminating in a session on pitching and project mentorship.

Workshop programme

The workshop is designed around Nesta’s Creative Enterprise Toolkit, which contains tried and tested methods for teaching enterprise skills to creative individuals who are thinking about setting up a business.

Over the course of the three-day workshop of lectures and seminars, participants will learn to:

  • put building blocks in place to create a business
  • identify and learn more about their audience
  • examine principles of business growth and development
  • define the main components of a business model and study the elements of a changing business environment
  • discuss challenges for new entrepreneurs and share business and personal experiences.

The programme will also include a Q&A with leading Russian creative entrepreneurs.

The workshop will be held in English without translation.

Entry requirements

You must fulfil these criteria:

  • the workshop is aimed at creative entrepreneurs working in the creative industries including: advertising and marketing; architecture; crafts; design: product, graphic and fashion design; film, TV, video, radio and photography; IT, software and computer services; publishing; museums, galleries and libraries; and music, performing and visual arts
  • the workshop is for individuals working on creative projects, products or services
  • you must not own a business. If you are a business owner, you must not have had your business for more than two years
  • you must live and work in the Russian Federation
  • upper-intermediate level of English is required.

How to apply

Please send a completed application form to by midnight (GMT+3) by 5 November. Please ensure you complete the application form in English. Successful applications will be contacted by the British Council on 8 November.

This workshop is free. Please be aware that the British Council will not cover transport and accommodation costs.

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.

This workshop is part of the British Council’s professional development programme, Future Culture.

About the tutor

Siân Prime is an experienced consultant for the creative industries in the UK. She delivers business advice, training and coaching for social innovation start-ups, creative individuals and organisations. Siân teaches on the MA Social Entrepreneurship programme – based at the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship – as well as on Goldsmiths’ MSc Digital Entrepreneurship, MSc Management of Innovation and MA Prospects of Innovation courses in London.

Siân worked with the original Creative Pioneer team at Nesta and was responsible for the content and delivery of The Academy – Nesta’s residential enterprise development programme for talented creative individuals to move their creative thinking to founding an innovative business. She also co-ran a £15million seed fund for Nesta to support the creative industries. She co-developed the Small Medium Large programme to review strategies for growth, sustainability and investment readiness for creative organisations. She developed the material for Insight Out and Starter for Six, supporting the creation of new creative and social enterprises. Working alongside the Creative Pioneer team, Siân also developed the material for Nesta’s Creative Business toolkit.

Siân has been an advisor to Mission Models Money, creating material on new financial instruments that supports cultural organisations to develop appropriate revenue streams. She has worked with a range of creative and social enterprises to find new financial models to ensure strong impact and value creation. She has worked for Natverkstan and Globalverkstan in Sweden, IIMB in India, ITB Indonesia, the GoDown Kenya and in the UK for the Arts Council England, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts and for the Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland.


Nesta is a global innovation foundation. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time, making use of our knowledge, networks, funding and skills. We work in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. We are a UK charity that works all over the world, supported by a financial endowment.

Creative Industries is an organisation aimed at developing the creative industries, cultural enterprises and creative economies in Russia. The organisation works across:

  • research and analysis of creative economies and cultural policy
  • finance, legal and communications consultation for the creative industries
  • educational programmes with a focus on the humanities
  • development of creative clusters, cultural centres and public urban spaces
  • events management for the creative industries
  • management of the Russian qualifiers for the Creative Business Cup, an international competition of creative entrepreneurs.