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You can now apply to our pre-incubator Express.

eXpress is our pre-incubator aimed at those who are early in the process of developing their business idea in the cultural and creative industries.

During nine workshops, you are offered tools and methods to effectively test, evaluate and develop your business idea. In addition, you will have access to business coaching and co-working space for 6 months.

The hope is that after the programme you will be ready to move on to the next stage. Creatives.

eXpress is free of charge!

Facts

Workshop period: 10 April - 5 June

Time: Wednesdays or Thursdays at 9 - 12

Number of workshops: 9

Language: Swedish 

Price: Free of charge

Requirements: Idea or business in the cultural and creative sectors, time and drive to actively participate in activities and develop their business.

What is included: Clean desk for six months (office space) including meeting room and printer, business coaching, workshops, tools and templates, possibility to use makerspace 1 & 2 (prototyping lab). You are also invited to AWs, breakfasts and inspirational talks!

Deadline for applications: 17 March

Emelie Aktanius

ELAK AB

Expression has shown me how to turn a dream into a sustainable business, now I dare to go big on what I am most passionate about.

Martina Karlsson

Studio MARK

Express offers all the elements you need to think about as a new entrepreneur, but above all, the coaches have given me the pep and support I needed to dare to believe in myself.

SCHEDULE

Workshop 1:

Intro & Lean Canvas

 10 April

Workshop 2: 

Needs verification

17 April

Workshop 3:

Market analysis

25 April

Workshop 4

Trade mark

2 May

Workshop 5: 

Communication 

8 May

Workshop 6:

Capital & models

16 May

Workshop 7: 

IPR

22 May

Workshop 8: 

Pitch

29 May

Workshop 9: 

Final presentation 

5 June

What YOU get in the EXPRESS PROGRAMME

Business coaching

As support through the program is eXpression Umeås experienced coaches. Through structured coaching meetings, they challenge you to reach your goals. The coaches guide you through the innovation support system and the surrounding networks. 
COMMUNITY
Every year, over a hundred entrepreneurs take advantage of the incubator's various offerings. As part of the community we create together, you will have the opportunity to exchange valuable experiences, ideas and networks with other participants.

PROTOTYPE WORKSHOPS

In our premises you can use two makerspaces and a sound studio that you can use after a short course. The workshops include 3D printers, laser cutters, advanced sewing machines and tufting machines.

OFFICE LOCATION

In Curiosum's inspiring surroundings on the arts campus, we offer three types of office space: cleandesk, private desk or studio. You choose which is best suited to your needs.  

Workshops

Business coaches organise workshops and training in a range of knowledge areas that are important for running and developing a business. These include sales, pricing, business modelling and communication.

Templates and tools

You will have access to smart document templates to help you structure your work. The archive includes business plan, budget and lean business model canvas.

Programme ManagerA

Fanny

Lindén

Business coach | Express

Emil

Hägglund

Strategist & business coach | Express

About the programme

Admission: 2 programme rounds per year. 12 business ideas per round. 

Length: 6 months, of which the initial nine weeks include one workshop per week (Wed/Thurs). Starts in April and October.

Cost: Participation is free of charge, but attendance at workshops is required. 

Admission criteria: A new creative business idea in the cultural and creative industries. You must also be able to describe what problem your idea solves, for whom and what value it creates. It is also important that you are able to attend all the meetings and have time to develop your idea.

 

The eXpress and Creatives programmes are partly funded by Uminova Holding through contributions from the GIV group.