The Creative Innovators Programme drives the synergy between creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for social impact. It aims to contribute to more sustainable and impact-led creative hubs that can better support the Philippines’ creative industries, thereby creating more inclusive cities and communities.

The project is initiated by the British Council and DTI through Design Center of the Philippines, in partnership with Philippine Trade Training Center, Foundation and Thames International.

The Creative Innovators Programme builds the next generation of creative community leaders in the Philippines through a one-year Fellowship for creative hub managers. It includes mentorships, management trainings, grants and networking opportunities in the Philippines, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the UK. The Fellows will not only serve as inspiration and mentors for creatives but also become global ambassadors for the Philippines’ creative and cultural industries.

The selected Fellows, through their creative hubs, will support and help grow hundreds of creative entrepreneurs, designers and artists from all over the Philippines and abroad. 

Creative hubs are organisations that provide space and support for product and professional development, networking, business sustainability and community engagement within the creative and cultural sectors.

A global research by the British Council found that hubs are catalysts for innovation, inclusive growth in the creative economy, and positive change in cities. Examples include co-working spaces, makerspaces, design studios, fablabs and art collectives.

But the research also pointed out that creative hubs are often under-supported and under-appreciated by institutions and stakeholders. In addition, creative hub managers lack the necessary skills and business knowhow to sustain their hub and communicate their value in society. Read more here.

The creative economy makes up 3 per cent of the world’s GDP and employs 29.5 billion people (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, 2015). It makes up US$12.5 billion, or 7.34 per cent of the Philippines’ GDP, and employs almost 6 million workers (Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, 2014). In the UK, it is the fastest growing sector, valued at US$122 billion.

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