Creative Hubs Academy

The Creative Hubs Academy Programme

The British Council, Hivos and Nesta are collaborating to launch Creative Hubs Academy in East Africa, a new learning programme for leaders of creative hubs that serve communities in the fields of creative, digital and social innovation.

Creative hubs are physical or virtual spaces for creative and social entrepreneurs to connect and support one another while developing their ideas and businesses in a nurturing environment.

The Creative Hubs Programme

The Creative Hubs programme has been designed through research and workshops to help hub leaders gain new skills and insights to help them shape and grow their hub offers. It also brings together a global network of hub leaders together and enables them to exchange ideas, share their experiences and learn from each other.

The program provides a structured and supportive learning environment that focuses on three essential skills development areas that are identified through research with creative hubs as keys to success for hub leaders. These are:

1. Leading

Strong leadership is central to sustaining any kind of successful hub, and great hub leaders create opportunities, mobilise resources, and demonstrate value to their teams and audience.

Examples of this might be uniting a creative community, increasing the diversity of their hub’s users, or bringing new skills into their team.

2. Innovating

Managing a hub involves testing ideas and systematically improving them. It’s also critical to closely link planning and delivery with vision and strategy. Great hub leaders are flexible, resourceful and opportunistic, and possess tenacity and dedication.

Examples of this might include brokering new collaborations, developing new offers for their hub, or pooling resources.

3. Connecting

Hub leaders connect creative practice with business and audiences. Great hub leaders engage diverse stakeholders, generate multiple incomes from varied sources, and seize opportunities.

Examples of this might include conducting research to understand their community needs or curating content to increase the visibility of their work.

Core Activities

There are three core activities in this programme.

  1. The first activity is a capacity building workshop where leaders of the Hub will receive materials, network with other Hub Leaders, and share solutions of the challenges they have been facing with the facilitators and guest speakers.
  2. The second activity is Learning in Action, where leaders of the Hub will receive a fellowship to put their plan a result of the learning process at the workshop to action. Through this phase, a number of mentors and facilitators will constantly guide the leaders of the Hub.
  3. In the last activity, the leaders of the Hub will be invited back to participate in a Coaching Retreat where they will reflect the whole process of learning.


  • The Creative Enterprise Hubs Academy Programme is designed to support entrepreneurs who are already in the process of setting up their own creative hub.
  • The workshop content and activities are relevant to people whose businesses are up-and-running and those who are in the very early stages.
  • This programme is available for creative entrepreneurs 18-35 engaged in hub spaces from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda to be part of the programme.
  • Types of hubs are not limited to and can include: Art hub, Collective of artists/creatives, Studio, Design space/hub, Coworking space, Production house, Hackerspace, Makerspace, Incubator, Accelerator, Talent management agency


  • As part of the Hubs Academy programme, the selected participants will receive bespoke mentoring and coaching on business development, financing and innovation management delivered both face-to-face and remotely.
  • The coaching and mentoring programme will set up a sector-specific business plan for the hubs including a follow on coaching retreat (May 2020)

How to Apply

Interested? Follow the linki below to register yourself to be a part of Creative Hubs Academy

Click here to Register

Deadline: 15th September 2019


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