The world of crowdfunding is bustling – lots of product launches and campaigns are reaching their funding targets sooner than anticipated. So if you intend to launch a business venture and you’d like to give crowdfunding a try, here are some pointers.
Get to know a little better our amazing Founder File speaker, Marine Tanguy, founder of MTArt Agency. In our Instagram Q&A Marine, answered your questions. Here she shares her view on whether aspiring creative entrepreneurs need to know business basics. Tune in our Founder Files event on the 23rd of November to pose your questions to Marine .
PR, personal branding, sustainable fashion, trends and insights and presenting yourself online… These are all burning topics that creative entrepreneurs want to know about, according to our top five Zoom Dives this year so far. If you missed these popular virtual events the first time around, catch up here.
Behind every successful creative business is a great team. But finding the right talent is challenging, especially if you’ve never hired anyone before. So, where do you start – and what are the common pitfalls to avoid during the hiring process? Don’t miss these brilliant insights from Maria Hvorostovsky, founder of HVO Search, in our latest Zoom Dive.
Trying to make a difference in the world as a creative entrepreneur, but feeling a bit stuck or without a sense of direction? This Masterclass, delivered by coach Phil Askew, is packed full of teachings and insights to help you connect the dots and bring clarity and focus to your business vision.
Innovation… it’s a new solution to an old problem. A radically different approach. A way of unlocking value in a niche where no one else is looking. In this detailed how-to guide, discover why you need to keep innovating even when your company is well established…
Running out of cash is the top reason young businesses don’t succeed. That’s why it pays to start thinking about the money side of things from the very beginning. Or bring in an accountant pre-launch, who really ‘gets’ your business and can work alongside you from the outset. Here are some tips on artful accounting and how to find a made-for-you accountant…
Founder Files is Creative Entrepreneurs’ flagship event series, where we hear from the most inspiring, world-leading creative founders. Our next instalment is on Tuesday 23 November on Zoom, and features art entrepreneur Marine Tanguy, the founder of MTArt Agency. Carolyn Dailey explains why we’ve chosen her to be our guest speaker.
Whether you’re a hobbyist photographer looking to transition to pro or you’re already running your own successful photography business, here are ten inspiring photography podcasts you’ll want to add to your playlist in a flash! Discover the latest photography trends and tips for business growth – and feel as though you’re hanging out with like-minded friends.
PR isn’t just about appearing in traditional media. Everything you do in the public eye (podcasts, interviews, public speaking or just responding to someone on social media) is a representation of you and your business. Here are some savvy DIY tips for promoting your personal brand…
Ever wanted to build a tech product, but don’t know where to start? Prepare to be enlightened! In this Zoom Dive, Sophie Hebdidge, founder of Techniclarity, explains the stages involved in tech product design and launch, the common pitfalls to avoid, and much more.
Successful SEO increases the quality as well as the quantity of your website traffic – because attracting lots of visitors is only good if they’re the right kind of visitors, i.e. potential customers. Here’s how to get started with maximising the pulling power of SEO…
Already overcome the challenges of launching your creative business and are now looking to scale? Our new Masterclass, led by business expert Nick Maynard, will help you do just that. Discover what you’ll learn and how to access the lessons here.
Mindset is so important when it comes to success that elite athletes train themselves in nine mental skills alongside their physical training. Learn what these are – so you can apply them to your own work to help build your resilience.
Frieze London is an international art fair that celebrates the most exciting contemporary art coming out of the last two decades – including both emerging and iconic talent. Here’s what to look out for if you’re attending.
Don’t underestimate simplicity. It’s a beautiful thing – and a powerful tool for winning customers. In part three of our series on creating video on a budget, we look at the third big secret to excellent content: making your video quick and simple.
Coming up with a fantastic product idea is one thing. Getting it onto shelves ready for customers to buy is another! In this Zoom Dive, global retail expert, Nicole Higgins, shares a wealth of information about the crucial processes to go through to get your product retail-ready.
Sound is the main element that’s overlooked by amateur video makers – a mistake that can seriously compromise overall quality. Part two of this series looks at the second big secret to creating excellent content: getting your audio and lighting spot on.
London Fashion Week has just wrapped up – and what an exciting week it was! We’ve highlighted eight big-hitting shows to catch up on for the latest jaw-dropping fashion trends and the craftsmanship and inspiration behind them.
As an ambitious creative entrepreneur, there’s nothing more inspiring than hearing the backstory of someone who has been in your shoes and gone on to make a name for themselves – literally. In this Founder File, discover how Roksanda created a brand that’s the talk of the fashion world today.
Have you previously shied away from creating videos, imagining this to be expensive or complicated? Well, shy no more. All you need to make brilliant business-boosting films is your smartphone and these deceptively simple hacks…
Thought leadership is all about becoming a remarkable thinker or change-maker in your industry. In this session, we talk to Deborah Rey-Burns, founder of Propela, about what it takes to become a thought leader and how to get paid for your knowledge.
Scratching your head over which e-commerce platform is best for selling your products online? There is an abundance of solutions available each offering different features, plans and pricing. Kickstart your research into online store builders here.
Daniel Peters is a creative polymath and the founder of multiple creative businesses, including the Fashion Minority Report. In this Zoom Dive, Daniel shares how he became a master multi-tasker and how creative businesses can drive inclusion and diversity.
From thought leadership and navigating uncertainty to building your first tech product and getting your products in front of retailers – we have an incredibly diverse range of virtual events for you to attend this autumn.
Ioana Iliesiu, Senior Experiential Architect at YourStudio, talks about experiential design, which is all about shaping the customer experience and building deeper emotional connections with people to make your brand more memorable.
It’s one thing to tempt customers to your door – and another to make them want to spend their time (and money) with you. Here we explore the basics of creating an e-commerce site that turns your visitors into customers.
Just as important as deciding ‘what’ content to create, is stepping back to consider ‘why’ and ‘how’ this will help your business right now. Here’s a quick guide to sharpening up your strategy so your content is more on track with your business goals.
Invoicing can go from being merely tedious to downright bothersome when issues arise (like having to justify costs or dealing with debtors). We’ve put together some essential dos and don’ts to help you make invoicing a straightforward process.
From inspiring visual works at the Edinburgh Art Festival to spectacular music, comedy, theatre and dance performances at the Edinburgh Fringe – there’s much to see and do. Here’s our roundup of the shows not to be missed.
Marine Tanguy is the founder of MTArt, the world’s first talent agency that invests in, and supports, up and coming visual artists. In this session, Marine talks to our founder, Carolyn Dailey, about why and how she built her creative business.
As a creative business owner, it’s essential to have a professional-looking website that showcases what you do. We’ve whittled down the best platforms for creatives who want to design their own brochure website, online portfolio or blog.
When you’re starting out on a small budget, how do you make a big enough noise to get yourself noticed? It’s easy to feel intimidated by the competition or dwarfed by huge companies. Here are some tips on stealing the show.
Dan Simmons is the founder of Propelia, a UK accelerator that’s designed around achieving Founder Market Fit. In this session, Dan talks to our founder Carolyn Dailey about how he’s helping new founders get their business off the ground.
Whether you’re an established architect looking to supercharge your business, a budding architect entrepreneur looking for tips on passing your architecture exams or are simply fascinated by architecture and design, this podcast roundup is for you.
If you believe in your idea, it doesn’t matter what other people think, right? Not quite. If you need funding to get your business off the ground, you must get investors to believe in it too. Read these funding fundamentals.
One surefire sign of success as an artist lies in the ability to sell your work. From selling platforms and marketing tips to managing your inventory; we’ve put together a list of handy resources that’ll help you turn your art into a profitable creative business.
Covid-19 has caused havoc throughout the world and impacted so many people’s lives and livelihoods. Yet it also brought silver linings – including increased demand for freelancers. Read more from our founder, Carolyn Dailey.
If you could take someone on a journey – if you could invoke strong, impacting emotions – why wouldn’t you? Storytelling enables you to create an immediate connection with customers and clients. Here’s how to harness this art to captivate your audiences.
Influencer Marketing is BIG business. As of 2020, 86% of marketers have introduced Influencer Marketing into their marketing strategies. It’s a £2B industry. Learn how to choose and collaborate with the right influencer for your business.
The annual graduate shows by the UK’s leading creative universities are massively inspiring. Here, Creative Entrepreneurs founder, Carolyn Dailey, shares her views on these innovative and exciting events.
Being authentic is an essential ingredient for a brand’s success. You need to come from a place of truth and stay constantly attuned to your audience. Here’s how to get started with building a brand that’s true to your vision.
Want to make a difference to the lives of others by building a social enterprise? Here, Ajay Pabial shares his mission to champion and support budding creatives, through his not-for-profit arts organisation, Art Clubbers CIC.
Our Zoom Dive with Clara Heimerdinger, founder of Nice ‘n’ Spiky Comedy Club, is packed full of insights and inspiration for anyone looking to break into the business of entertainment, comedy or media.
Got the talent to be a successful artist, musician or music producer and want to take your art to legendary heights? Here’s a roundup of online tools that’ll help you master your sound and turn it into a creative business.
Ever dreamed of opening your own boutique retail business, full of carefully thought-out pieces that you truly love? This is exactly what Jo Johnson did when she opened Form SE15, in Peckham, London. Learn more.
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a highly anticipated annual gathering of the global advertising and creative communications industry. This year, the event is fully digital – here’s what to look out for if you’re planning to tune in.
Etsy made the headlines recently when it announced it was buying Depop, the second-hand fashion resale app which is remarkably popular with Gen Z. In this article, Creative Entrepreneurs founder, Carolyn Dailey, gives her perspective on this major deal.
Digital marketing is all about understanding your market so you can send the right promotional messaging to the right people. If you’re just starting out, you probably have a limited budget – so here’s how to work smart and put your pennies where they’ll count.
Leadership isn’t a certificate you stick up on your wall – it’s an ongoing journey of self-improvement. Great leadership is all about empowering, enabling and inspiring your team – and knowing when to step back or step in.
Mo Lishomwa is an award-winning, results-driven Senior Digital Business Leader with a passion for people & technology. She’s also a key member of BIMA, the voice of the digital and tech communities. In this 60-minute session, Mo discusses the results of their recent white paper on diversity in the tech industries and shares her own experiences of working in the sector.
Planning to visit the Venice Architecture Biennale? There’s much to see, so to help you plan your trip, we’ve highlighted ten exhibitions you won’t want to miss. They’ll leave you mesmerised, inspired and intellectually stimulated.
From exploring ways to fund your startup to using ‘experiential design’ to shape the customer experience – our Summer 2021 Events Series is packed full of how-tos, deep insights and actionable takeaways. Registration is now open!
If you want to start a business, you’ll need advice on where to start, what pitfalls to anticipate, and how best to spend your time and money to get your idea off the ground. There are tons of books out there with this kind of advice, but we’ve curated our favourites for you. Whether you’re an aspiring fashion designer or an artisan looking to sell your work, these are some of the most insightful books to help you grow your business.
Do you ever wish you had a patron – someone who supported your talent and paid you to do what you love doing, so you could do more of it (and worry less about money)? Well stop wishing and start making things happen with the help of ‘Patreon’…
We Are Practice was founded by Nick Maynard, a Chartered Accountant, and strategist who has worked in the creative industries for over a decade across retail, e-commerce, tech, and not-for-profit. He noticed a gap in the market for a radically new sort of support system for start-up founders in the creative industries. Recognizing the need for professional services to evolve and support the booming creative economy, Nick launched Practice in 2019 to bring first-class, integrated, and affordable support to founders of exciting high-potential creative brands.
We are thrilled to be speaking to Kevin Osborne at The Founder Files in April, A person who has spent the last 30 years tirelessly leading, producing, and developing creative industries with supporting BAME talent.
As a creative freelancer, passion fuels your work. But it doesn’t bring you work. To win pitches, you need to think like a client – and package your offering in a way that makes sound business sense to them. Here’s how…
In 2016, Ocki converted an old shop in Camberwell into her home and gallery space, and, after naming the building, Blue Shop Cottage was born: a gallery with artists at its very centre. In this round-up we hear how and why Ocki built her brilliant business.
The back-stories of creative entrepreneurs are gripping because they are such unlikely entrepreneurs, in the typical sense of the word. That leads to highly individual stories of charting the unknown, determination, and overcoming obstacles. This why we launched The Founder Files, and we want to tell you all about it.
Simone Rocha’s cult “fashion insider” brand has exploded onto the world stage with her H&M collaboration. Like so many other pioneering British brands, her entrepreneurial success has its roots in Fashion East.
Podcasts are a great way to gain insider information and glimpses into the creative world. In this round-up, we look at some of our favourite Fashion podcasts so you can get the story behind the clothes. Whether you are looking for insider business information, trend tips or the history of your favourite garment, there is something in this list, for you.
Jessica Ryan-Ndegwa has become a successful designer and curator, despite suffering from Cerebral Palsy – designing both regular household products and beautiful products for disabled people through her Design for Disability project. . In last weeks Zoom Dive, she discussed how we should focus on the human aspect of the design process as well as the product itself
Who wasn’t captivated by Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old who electrified Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony with her poem “The Hill We Climb.” What we discovered is the amazing entrepreneurial story behind Gorman’s Aviary Classic Ring from mother-daughter creative entrepreneurs and founders of jewelry brand Of Rare Origin.
Here at Creative Entrepreneurs, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Quarterly Events Programme. With our extensive events offering, we wanted to make it easy for you to view a whole season at a time and book your calendar well in advance.
Jessica Barlow got her start in the world of PR & Communications with no budget and no contacts. But with planning and big creative ideas, she was able to gain worldwide press coverage for the Karma food waste startup she then worked for, helping propel it to success. Since then, Jessica herself has gone viral multiple times and started her own business, No Agency Method, which supports startup businesses in getting their PR strategy right, last week we spoke to Jessica about how she made it happen.
As global director of marketing, Pip led the first-ever global marketing strategy for recruitment firm Robert Walters and went on to lead the EMEA marketing for Vita Coco, taking it from startup to the UK’s leading coconut water brand.
There aren’t many businesses as endlessly creative as Heaps + Stacks, which creates bespoke experiences for brands from Aesop to Nasty Gal and Google – including everything from pink canape trains to aquatic plants and sandcastles.
Our Founder File with ustwo Co-Founder Mills Miller covered everything from creating a ‘fampany,’ to ustwo’s leap of faith in funding multi-award-winning cult game Monument Valley to branching out on his own as a creative startup investor.
Many of us are still dealing with lockdown of some form or another, often putting strain on our businesses and our wellbeing. We’re here to help, with a quick guide to surviving and even thriving during this challenging time.
A prototype isn’t always an expensively assembled product. It could be as simple a sketch on a napkin, a book title, a short film of a Lego model. But it might just help you to get to the “aha” moment that takes your business to the next level.
The founder of the pioneering Poke digital agency, and the inventor of the iconic Plumen lightbulb, Nicolas Roope is an icon of the design world, both online and off. In our Founder Files talk, he shared his lessons from 25 years in the industry.
Goals are easy to set, but when we set them wrong they can be a source of frustration and angst. But set your goals just right, and the path towards them become more fun and rewarding. Our tips below will help you become a more motivated and brilliant creative entrepreneur.
Podcasts have become ubiquitous water-cooler conversation starters. But which are the most helpful to the creative entrepreneur? We’ve picked our top ten, covering everything from the products of the future to how to build a startup.
Podcasting is a great way to reach your audience. And with numerous tools and tutorials available, it’s easier than ever to produce and market your own podcast from your own little studio, aka your bedroom. But where to start? Read on for some handy hints…
Micro-businesses, with nine employees or fewer are the backbone of the British economy, accounting for 96% of all businesses. We’ve rounded up 15 of the top tools for creative micro-businesses, helping you with everything from design to legal advice.
Want to know how to use Twitter to connect with journalists, how to pitch like a pro, and the different PR approaches for journalists and influencers? Nicola Snell of PR platform Press Loft has the insider secrets for a successful DIY campaign.
Nigerian-born Winnie Awa had stints at Net-a-Porter, ASOS and LVMH before founding Antidote Street, a beauty brand for anyone with curly, afro or multi-textured hair. Here, she shares her journey from A-Level business student to kickass founder.
Apple’s latest operating system allows users to customise their app icons for the first time. Digital designer Traf was ready and waiting for the September launch, and a single Tweet led to more than 4,000 people buying his minimalist home screen icons.
If there’s one thing an entrepreneur needs more than money when launching and growing their is business, it’s time. We explore the best tips, tricks and tools to reclaim yours, from ‘time-boxing’ to limiting social media and learning the ‘two-minute rule’.
You have your big creative idea, but what next? Creative Entrepreneurs is all about helping you answer that huge question. Read below for our very quick introduction to becoming a creative entrepreneur yourself, and how we can help you on your journey.