Creative Entreneurship Training Network (CreaEnt) 1.11.2009-30.10.2012

The general objective of the project is linking of knowledge and innovation to sustainable development and competition of Central Baltic Region (CBR) and development a best practice model of entrepreneurial education and networking for creative industry in Finnish, Estonian, Latvian and Swedish universities, which allow them to better promote entrepreneurial thinking among young people, and support innovative business start-ups from creative cluster and their development into high growth companies. More specifically, the project has the following objectives:

  • to develop a cross-border entrepreneurship program and training material for the non-business and creative industry students in CBR universities through the analysis of current situation of the entrepreneurial education in CBR and identification of best practices
  • to gain a comparative understanding of the entrepreneurial attitudes and skills of university students in the CBR, and to identify their innovative business ideas
  • to improve the cross-border mobility and exchange of ideas and best practices through networking and increased mobility of specialists in entrepreneurial education
  • to stimulate cross-border networking of young entrepreneurs in CBR by development and providing them a cross-border Internet-based platform for exchange of ideas and support for the elaboration of business ideas that have potential for the international business cooperation.

The project will contribute to the development of tailored measures to support knowledge-based creative sector's entrepreneurship and to foster cooperation between young entrepreneurs in Central Baltic Region. The end results of the project are:

  • surveys and analysis of creative entrepreneurship training programs and students training needs in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden:
  • a joint cross-border training program and pilot training for potential and beginning entrepreneurs in knowledge-based creative sector in partner countries
  • a network of potential and beginning entrepreneurs from creative sector:
  • a new innovative Internet-based networking concept bringing together Finnish, Estonian, Latvian and Swedish potential and beginning entrepreneurs from creative sector
  • a cross-border network between Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Swedish educational institutions and business supporting organizations in the field of entrepreneurial education

Project activities will be carried out and have impact on all 4 countries of CB region. Partners of the project are:

Helsinki School of Economics Small Business Center (HSE SBC), Finland, - lead partner; Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Estonia; University of Tartu, Estonia; Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia.

Project additional partners are representatives of the local government, organizations for supporting entrepreneurship and companies: City of Helsinki, Economic and Planning Centre, Finland; Tartu City Government, Estonia; Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies, Latvia; CONNECT Latvia; Investment and Development Agency of Latvia; Parkudden AB, Sweden.

Project received financing from Central Baltic Interreg IV A Programme 2007-2013 European Regional Development Fund and national co-financing from State Provincial office of Southern Finland.

More information:

Helsinki School of Economics Small Business Center
Natalia Narits, project manager, Tel. +358 10 2178 614, natalia.narits(at)

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