Express

Test your creative business idea

eXpress is for many creators the first step to eXpression Umeå's business support. Here you can share with others tools and models to test your idea, innovation and entrepreneurship. Are you ready to take your creative business idea to a sustainable enterprise?

Test your creative business idea

eXpress is for many creators the first step to eXpression Umeå's business support. Here you can share with others tools and models to test your idea, innovation and entrepreneurship. Are you ready to take your creative business idea to a sustainable enterprise? 

The eXpress programme is eXpression Umeå's pre-incubator. This means that the program is designed for those who are very early in the process of testing and proofing their business idea. The programme runs for eight weeks with one half-day workshop per week - in between you will do your own work. The programme is free of charge, but we expect you as a participant to contribute with commitment, curiosity and drive and to actively participate in all activities.

As a participant in the express programme, you will become a natural part of our community and network of other creators and entrepreneurs, business developers and experts. You will also have the opportunity to use our unique environment of co-working spaces, studios and creative workshops, as well as receive ongoing individual business coaching.

After the programme, you will be well prepared to apply for further business support in the incubator programme Creatives.

Programme content

The programme starts by identifying your drivers using our own model based on the IKIGAI concept. We also go through the design process and models for stakeholder and market analysis. In addition, you will be given the tools to conduct market research. We then dig deeper, focusing on areas such as business model, branding, sales, intellectual property (patents, design protection), costing, budgeting and sustainability.

Who can apply?

  • The eXpress programme is aimed at those who have a business idea and passion in the artistic, cultural and creative industries.
  • Your ambition should be to explore the possibilities of developing a sustainable business.
  • You need to be able to actively participate in the programme's activities and have time for your own work (estimated at around 10 hours per week in total, including workshops).
  • As a participant, you do not need to have started a business.

The programme may be held in English if required by the participants.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The deadline for applications to the autumn programme has passed.

A new round of the programme is planned for spring 2022.

Program start: 13 October

Application deadline: 1 October

End date SPRING 2021: 26/5 2021

FAQ

Participation in eXpress is free of charge. What we require from you is your time and commitment.

All participants in the programme are offered a cleandesk free of charge. In addition, there is the possibility to rent your own desk or studio. Talk to programme officers after the admission notification if you are interested in this.

You apply to the programme as a whole. We see great importance in all participants being involved from the start as it creates the opportunity to build the network of several creators who can become partners in the future. Creative minds unite.

Exciting!
All business coaches and programme participants at eXpression Umeå have signed confidentiality agreements so your innovation is safe with us. In addition, we have several knowledgeable lawyers in our network who will be happy to help you seek relevant protection for your innovation.

All business coaches and programme participants at eXpression Umeå have signed confidentiality agreements so you can feel safe discussing business secrets with us.

This is not a requirement for you to apply to us. But of course we'd be delighted if your heart beats a little bit extra for our local area as it's an important part of our business.

However, in order to assimilate some parts of our programmes, you will need to be in Umeå. Sometimes for longer periods. If you have any questions about a specific programme, please contact the programme coordinator, whose contact details you will find together with the information about the respective programme. And the programmes can be found here.

Our experienced business coaches are happy to help you find your next step. Contact one of them for advice. We cherish your ideas and apply full confidentiality to everything you discuss with us.

You can find our contact details here.

Programme officers

Emil

Hägglund

Business coach & strategic communicator

Oskar

Riby

Business coach, programme manager eXpress

Other programmes

Creatives
Creatives is eXpression Umeå's incubator program. In the programme, you as a creator with a business are offered help to develop this further into a sustainable business. The goal of the programme is that you develop into a sustainable creator with strong self-leadership and resilience and your company into a sustainable business with recurring revenue.
Express
For many creators, the programme is the first entry point to eXpressions business support. During the programme, you will be given tools and models to test your idea, innovation and entrepreneurship.
eXpression Design
The programme is a collaboration between eXpression Umeå and the creative network High Coast Creative in Örnsköldsvik. As a participant, you will have access to a platform with lectures and workshops in the process from sketch to finished product on the market.
Future Retail Lab
The Future Retail Lab is aimed at new entrepreneurs and owner-managed companies in the retail sector, as well as companies at the interface between retail, hospitality and experience. The programme will help you create growth, develop new business models and forms of collaboration.
Summer eXpression
For one summer, young creators will have the chance to take their design from idea to finished product in collaboration with skilled producers in the Umeå region.
The 3D Lab at Curiosum
Our offers
eXpression Umeå's core offering is our business development programmes but we have more to offer. Read more about our offerings and environments here.