FAQ

What are the cultural and creative industries?

These industries include areas such as:

Architecture, design, film, photography, art, literature, media and communication, fashion, music, and game, service and web development.

More information about these industries can be found here.

Who are eXpression Umeå seeking to connect with?

We are looking for creative talents who want to bring life to their ideas and build successful businesses. Our ambition is to enrich Umeå, Sweden and the world with more innovative ideas.

If you would like to get to know us better, find out more here.

And if it’s more information about our programs you’re looking for, you can find it here.

Do I need to live in Umeå to apply to eXpression Umeå?

It’s not a demand on our part. But we are happy, of course, if your heart beats just that little bit extra for our region and community as it is an essential part of our business.

However, for certain parts of our programs, you will need to be in Umeå. Sometimes for longer periods. If you want to inquire about a specific program, you can contact the program manager whose contact information you find together with the information about each of the programs. You will find them here.

As an entrepreneur, what support can I expect?

We have four different programs: Summer eXpression, Ideation, eXpress and Creative Corporation.

These programs involve different types of support and to various extent. Our offer to you includes:

  • Business development support from experienced and dedicated coaches.
  • Opportunities for networking with eXpression Umeå’s rich network with connections to academia as well as the business community.
  • Own office space, desk or flexible workplace depending on your needs and the program you are attending.
  • Access to lab environments, conference rooms, and venues in adjustable sizes.
  • Inspiration and motivation. We promote an environment characterized by DIT – Do It Together.

More about each of the programs can be found here.

I’m not sure what program to apply to, what do I do?

Our experienced business coaches are happy to help you find your next step as an entrepreneur. Contact any of them for their advice. We protect your ideas and apply full confidentiality of everything you discuss with us.

Contact information can be found here.

Does eXpression Umeå charge anything for my participation in any of the programs?

Our programs are free of charge. What we require of you are your time and your commitment.

However, it is important that you ensure an income during your time with us. If you do not have employment or income from your business, please contact any of our business coaches for advice on financial support. You will find contact information for them here.

What is uniqueness?

eXpression Umeå supports unique companies within the creative and cultural industries. Uniqueness is what makes the company / creator / idea stands out from its competitors. Examples of uniqueness are:

  • A new business model in an existing industry
  • A new business model of an existing idea
  • An innovative way to produce
  • A new way of distributing products
  • A new idea that is not on the market
  • An idea that combines knowledge / products from two or more areas in a new market
  • An idea based on a new technology
  • An artist with his own “expression”
  • An artist who combines styles that have not been done before
  • An agency that distinguishes itself from other agencies in either their offer or niche
  • An innovative network / community
  • A business idea based on a unique knowledge / education
  • The company’s brand positioning
  • A sustainable approach to a traditional industry
  • A social approach in a traditional industry

What makes your company / idea unique? Send an email and tell us, info@expressionumea.se

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