Events

Everything we do is rooted in our community. That’s why we regularly host events to bring you together with fellow creatives and our wider supportive network. Think insight-packed talks by industry experts; convention-flouting workshops with cultural disruptors; peer group brainstorms in buzzing breakout rooms. So clear your calendar – our events diary will give you serious FOMO.

Everything we do is rooted in our community. That’s why we regularly host events to bring you together with fellow creatives and our wider supportive network. Think insight-packed talks by industry experts; convention-flouting workshops with cultural disruptors; peer group brainstorms in buzzing breakout rooms. So clear your calendar – our events diary will give you serious FOMO.

What happens when you mix a fashion designer with a futurist and a filmmaker? Who knows? And half the fun is finding out. Our ‘Connecting’ events are all about hooking you up with your peers for mutual mentoring, ideas-sparking and boundless creative potential.
You’re going solo — but you’re not alone. Meet successful creative entrepreneurs who are happy to share their stories and light your way with signposts and shortcuts. Note their mistakes to avoid your own, while discovering that ‘failing’ is really ‘learning’. And be inspired by their triumphant journeys.
Here’s where you learn to turn your creative vision into its full business potential, through special tools, techniques and tricks of the trade. These lively, interactive events have a strong hands-on element so you can immediately put your knowledge to practical use – to build and boost your business.

Events

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How to build an events production company

Zoom

As the founder of experience design studio Heaps + Stacks, Keziah Wildsmith masterminds installations, workshops and masterclasses for brands from Jo Malone to Facebook. She shares her experiences in this hour-long dive, from building her brand to using freelancers and learning the fine art of pitching.

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Everything you need to know about sustainable fashion

Zoom

Do you want to work in sustainable fashion, or simply care about what you wear? Jodi Muter-Hamilton, founder of sustainability consultancy and editorial platform Black Neon Digital, explains the ins and outs of the business in this hour-long dive – from starting your own brand to raising consumer awareness.

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A DIY guide to personal branding and PR

Zoom

Lucy Werner, founder of creative agency The Wern and author of Hype Yourself, shares her startup-friendly tips on getting the word out fast, from PR hacks to ‘newsjacking’ and building hype on social media. For an even deeper dive, she is also the co-host of a Masterclass on the same subject.

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An expert’s guide to finding your freelance mojo

Zoom

Albert Azis-Clauson, the CEO and co-founder of freelancer platform UnderPinned, shares his top tips for success in this free one-hour lesson – from how to create a virtual office to building your network and finding your dream role. A must for anyone navigating the tricky world of freelancing.

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Digital marketing: trends and tips from 2020

Zoom

Digital marketing expert Kim Darragon connects with us for a free, one-hour dive into the innovative marketing strategies that creative businesses have turned to – and prospered with – over the past chaotic year. A great session for anyone looking to futureproof against challenges lying ahead.

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Members
  • Connecting

Members Monthly Social

Zoom

Get to know your fellow creatives at the first of our regular members’ networking sessions, hosted by team CE.

Taking place once a month, these sessions offer you an opportunity to share stories, find collaborators, seek advice and swap contacts with like-minded members of your new creative community.

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Past Events

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Startup Essentials: Marketing Basics

Zoom

This three-part virtual course – in partnership with The Design Museum – uncovers the marketing basics needed to turn creative ideas into successful businesses. You’ll learn how to define your brand, grow with social media, and handle PR and communications. Essential for any startup!

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Making money online with Patreon

Zoom

Patreon’s very own Gee Linford-Grayson joins us for a free, online Q&A on the powerful creator platform. Hear inspiring stories of how creators are using fan subscriptions to fund their work, and take away some ideas of your monetise your creations.

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The role of leadership

Zoom

Dial in to our live Zoom call with leadership expert Gillian Davis, as we examine what it takes to inspire and support others. Learn how to identify your leadership style, and how your approach can impact your team and culture. It promises to be a fascinating hour for any current or aspiring leader.

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How to market your music

Zoom

A free, one-hour virtual chat with record label owner and marketing specialist Gilbert Johnson, as he shares his top tips on creatively getting your music noticed with DIY techniques. Fresh, relevant and timely ideas await.

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How to spot trends and insights

Zoom

In this live Zoom Dive session, cultural consultant Amy Daroukakis shares her secrets from her career uncovering opportunities for major brands such as LVMH, Unilever and Target. It’s a must-watch for anyone intrigued by how they can use cultural insights to get a jump on the competition – and create products and services that are in the right place, at the right time.

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The art of creative direction

Zoom

In this free, one-hour Zoom Dive, creative strategist Fiona O’Brian reveals her insights into building memorable brands through graphic and copy-based creative direction, drawing on her experience in the advertising industry, as well as co-founding her own successful coffee roastery, Girls Who Grind.

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Resilience and intellectual property

Zoom

Erica Wolfe-Murray on building a resilient business and leveraging your creative assets to differentiate revenue streams.

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How to master SEO for growth

Zoom

In this chapter of our Zoom Dives event series, growth expert Daniel Johnson shares his expertise on using SEO/SEM to scale your business.

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How to nail advertising on social media

Zoom

Head of Growth at Curio, Hannah Parvaz shares her knowledge on growing your audience and business through paid advertising on different social media platforms.

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Raising investment (even in a post-covid world)

Zoom

A comprehensive overview of the investment landscape after the covid outbreak and how to approach fundraising with Carmen Alfonso Rico, Partner at Samaipata VC.

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Getting investment ready and funded

Zoom

Isabella Ghassemi-Smith, Ecosystem Manager at SeedLegals, set the record straight on the legal admin necessary to fundraising.

Public
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Startup Essentials: Business basics

Design Museum

A three-part course in collaboration with the Design Museum, that will arm you with the range of skills that will bring your vision into life.

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How to crowdfund your creative business

Zoom

Jes Bailey, founder of Crowdfund 360, guides us through the steps of setting up and running a successful crowdfunding campaign for your creative business.

Public
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The Circuit: Monthly networking

Instagram Live

Visual Artist Enrica Masi shares her insights on how the design world has been adapting to lockdown and where the future is heading for visual artists post-pandemic.

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Doing your own PR on a budget

Zoom

Founder and Director of PressLoft, Nicola Snell walks us through some easy PR tips that everyone can master to generate press coverage for your products.

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How to build a standout brand

Zoom

Stephanie Melodia, founder of startup marketing agency BLOOM, discusses how to leverage the different marketing channels available to build brand awareness for your business.

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Creating a winning digital marketing strategy

Zoom

Mind The Ad co- founder, Sila Nur Isik discusses how to use creative technologies and create a winning digital marketing strategy to promote your business.

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The Circuit: Monthly networking

Instagram Live

Fashion Futurist Karinna Nobbs gives her unique insight into the potential and future for the creative sector in the digital sphere.

Members
  • Inspiring

Founder Files: Matthew Slotover

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Matthew Slotover shares the story of how he and he and co-founder Amanda Sharp have grown Frieze into the world’s most influential contemporary art brand.

Members
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Founder Files: Bella Freud

Second Home

Iconic London fashion designer Bella Freud explores her fascinating entrepreneurial journey, from launching her eponymous fashion brand in 1990, to collaborating with creative heavyweights.

Members
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Founder Files: Will Hudson

Battersea Power Station

Founder of creative inspiration platform It’s Nice That, Will Hudson joins us to discuss his entrepreneurial journey, from launching a graduate passion project to developing a cluster of companies dedicated to celebrating creativity.

Members
  • Inspiring

Founder Files: Ajaz Ahmed

Design Museum

Pioneering creative, digital innovator and founder of multi-award winning global ideas agency AKQA, Ajaz Ahmed joins to uncover the story of developing his successful creative business.

Members
  • Inspiring

Founder Files: Roksanda Ilincic

Design Museum

In partnership with the Design Museum, fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic shares the story behind the company and iconic brand for which she is known today.

Members
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Founder Files: Col Needham

Second Home

IMDb founder, Col Needham tells us the story of how his passion project became a multi-million dollar company that made him the ‘most powerful Brit in Hollywood’.

Members
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Founder Files: Charlotte Tilbury

Whitechapel Gallery

Beauty icon Charlotte Tilbury recounts her venture from world’s most sought after make-up artist to founder of the fastest-growing beauty brand.

Members
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Founder Files: Efe Cakerel

Working Title Films

Efe Cakarel shares his journey bringing cult cinema to every home since founding indie film-streaming service MUBI in 2007.

Members
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Founder Files: Matt “Mills” Miller

Tileyard Studios

Matt ‘Mills’ Miller recounts the story of how he and co-founder John “Sinx” Sinclair turned their longterm passion for design into four global businesses across three continents.