Regional Creative Economy Center (RCKE) is a practical link between economy and creative industries.
In the last few years the Regional Creative Economy Center (RCKE) has become a practical link between economy and creative industries and a promotor of the development of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills within creative industries. It introduces creativity into various segments of society. It links art, culture, entrepreneurship and technology for the intellectual and economic development of society, thus supporting the development of creative economy at the regional level. Moreover, it has become one of the leading providers of services for the development of a creative ecosystem in an international environment, which monitors and sets trends in the implementation and use of creativity in the public and private sectors for their more effective and efficient operation. The main focus of RCKE is to create a link between companies and creatives, to connect the innovative approaches of the creative industries (CI) and the experiences and technology driven power of companies, using various tools and provide numerous services such as consultancies, company visits, open innovation workshops and many others. The centre's specific is the creation of the support programmes for the development of the value chains across different industrial sectors, connecting companies, educational and research institutions whith the creative power of the companies in the region. The Centre was established in the framework of Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region.
Estimated amount is 430.000 € (for establishment of the centre, preparation of the strategy/roadmap/action plan for its functioning, salaries for 2-3 employees and services for the target group: conferences, workshops, consultancies, trainning etc. in the period of three years).
Evidence of success
More than 8 Value Chains across different industrial sectors have been established, over 200 workshops and training events realised for different target groups (private and public organisations), attended by more than 2,150 individuals. More than 100 consultations (e.g. legal advice for creative entrepreneurs, crowdfunding, etc). RCKE supports the study visits abroad (7) and international integration for policy makers (20) and creative entrepreneurs (8).
Potential for learning or transfer
RCKE that addresses the specific fields of creative industries can be applied on others to achieve results, which was proved in many occasions (e.g. Creating a strategy of sustainable transportation in the city of Ljubljana, process grounded on participatory workshops with civil society, etc.). Centre operates under auspices of Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region that wants to replicate RCKE initiative in other 11 Slovenian regions (the interest of regions was confirmed, the steps to provide the financial sustainability of individual initiative is in progress). At the same time RCKE initiative was recognised for outstanding best practice and received the EURADA AWARD 2018. The initiative created interest amond Regional Development Agencies of Europe (members of Eurada) to transfer this innovative approach of supporting creative industries development.
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