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Welcome to CCE

The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship supports entrepreneurship in the creative industries through ongoing hands-on training, mentorship, networking events, industry sector specific boot camps and accelerators, and archived content for both artists and creative entrepreneurs. CCE also maintains a focus on equity, ensuring its programs engage communities of color and other historically marginalized spaces for creative entrepreneurs.

Upcoming Events

07. 10. 2020

An agent, a manager and a promoter walk into a bar*. But this isn’t a joke. It’s the LAUNCH Music Conference and Showcase Festival and they are here to check out your band. This workshop will explore how they ended up in front of your stage, and how you can end up on their roster. A few lucky artists will come on live to ask our panel of experts all the questions they have about getting noticed and getting signed […]

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07. 29. 2020

Young industry voices today are proving that age does not always equal authority and that the next generation is not necessarily next – it’s now! The first #NEXTGEN_NOW Virtual Summit will bring together young music business professionals to discuss personal & professional development, perseverance, entrepreneurship, and how their new innovative ideas are influencing, impacting & transforming our industry. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nextgen-now-tickets-110637716388   WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 3 – 3:10 PM Opening + Sponsor Remarks   3:10 – 3:55 PM Keynote TBD   4 – […]

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07. 28. 2020

Young industry voices today are proving that age does not always equal authority and that the next generation is not necessarily next – it’s now! The first #NEXTGEN_NOW Virtual Summit will bring together young music business professionals to discuss personal & professional development, perseverance, entrepreneurship, and how their new innovative ideas are influencing, impacting & transforming our industry. Click Here to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nextgen-now-tickets-110637716388   TUESDAY, JULY 28 3 – 3:10 PM Introduction Speakers Rosa Asciolla; Head of North America, Artist & Label Partnerships; […]

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07. 15. 2020

Mastering your Market: Market Research and Customer Discovery REGISTER HERE Understanding your market and your customer is vital to securing your company’s competitive edge. Led by Patrick Donohue of Snapon, this class will explain the importance of market research/industry analysis and how they can inform your product development and cover best practices for outsourced and DIY’d research. Then, the conversation will shift to customer discovery and how to find and secure customer validation.

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Meet the Team

Scott Fetters
Founder
Saudia Davis
Director
Shannon Greene Robb
Development Manager

Workforce Development

With national and local unemployment rates at historic lows, underserved communities are still experiencing barriers to access and disparities in acquisition and advancement. The creative sector is a driver of innovation, cultural impact, and deep civic engagement with a unique opportunity to address development of underserved communities. Individual approaches from both the public and private sector do exist to address some workforce needs, but the creative sector currently lacks formalized, comprehensive infrastructure providing training, internships, apprenticeships, professional networking, and career and entrepreneurial education across industries.

CCE commits to helping expand the talent pipeline within the creative sector through advanced professional development, job and entrepreneurship training, relationship building, and access to capital for individuals, creative businesses, institutions, and community organizations.  CCE maintains a focus on equity, ensuring its programs engage communities of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and other historically marginalized communities for creative workforce. To accomplish this, we partner with established community based organizations and workforce development agencies that intentionally serve, prepare, place, and support job-seekers from disinvested communities.

Sponsors

Program Partners

CCE is a pilot project, fiscally sponsored by Arts Alliance Illinois and funded by the Coleman Foundation. 2112 serves as programmatic lead, with ancillary support from MediaTech Ventures and partner organizations in each focus industry (Music, Film/Video, Dance, Theater, Fashion, Visual Arts/Design, Media, Sports, Culinary).