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

Price: $20
mHub 20. 02. 2020.

This workshop, taught by Jarrod Lowery of Do Tank, will help you understand the difference between your user, buyer, and financer, and how to craft a compelling story about how your solution addresses each of their goals.

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Price: $15
2112 Chicago 22. 02. 2020.

Using his new book Band:Smart, Martin Atkins will offer tangible strategies and advice for independent artists that will translate into $100,000 in additional revenue over the next year.

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2112 Chicago 27. 02. 2020.

How changes in the RF environment affect your analog wireless system and how Shure’s Digital Wireless can give you flawless audio quality and improved performance in today's challenging RF landscape.

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Price: $15
2112 Chicago 27. 02. 2020.

An interactive story seminar that teaches the tools of television so you can tell true stories that deeply connect, engage, and lead.

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Meet the Team

Scott Fetters
Saudia Davis
Oona Evans
Community Engagement Manager
Shannon Greene Robb
Development Manager


Martin Atkins
Educator, Author, Artist, Entrepreneur
Maria Vathis
Attorney, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP
Mott Smith
CEO/Co-Founder, Amped Kitchens
Rob Tovar
Founder, The Hangar at 2112

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.


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).