Developing a sustainable company
Creatives is eXpression Umeå's incubator program. The program offers you as a creator with a company help to develop this further into a sustainable company. The help consists of business coaching, workshops together with area experts, a helpful and safe community of other creators and much more.
The goal of the program is that you have developed into a sustainable creator with strong self-leadership and resilience and your company into a sustainable company with recurring revenues.
- Business coaching
- Needs-based workshops (e.g. in brand, sales, board work, etc.)
- Office space
- Possibility of travel support and other internationalisation activities.
- Community of other creators
- Mentorship / Shadow Board
Creators participating in Creatives have the opportunity to apply for internationalization check. Their purpose is to promote international business. Support can be applied for for:
- Travel & accommodation.
- Admission to trade fairs & seminars.
- Consulting services – planning for sales meetings or finding partners.
- PR services.
- International protection - consulting services for trademark or design protection.
- Agreement with international party.
Please note that the internationalization check can only be searched by creatives creators.
Spark is a network of experts/mentors in different areas who are all passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with creators. As a participant in Creatives, you are offered the opportunity for a Spark mentor who can eventually be a part of your board of directors.
The purpose of a Spark mentor is to support and develop entrepreneurs and their companies, provide new insights and perspectives, give them the opportunity to broaden their networks and grow through external expertise.
Who should seek
- Started a company in the artistic, cultural and creative industries.
- Working with the company at least 20 h/week.
- Verified that there is a market for your products or services.
- Want to develop the company into a sustainable company.
Take the first step and search by contacting one of the Creatives software managers.
Click the button below and apply.
We target driven creators with ideas, innovations or companies in the artistic, cultural and creative industries. Our ambition is to enrich Umeå, Sweden and the world with more innovative ideas.
If you want to know more about us as an incubator, you can find it on the About uspage.
If you are interested in how we can help you, read about our offers here.
It is not a requirement we make for you to be able to apply to us. But of course we are pleased if your heart is pounding a little extra for our neighbourhood as it is an important part of our business.
However, in order to benefit from certain parts of our programs, you will need to be in Umeå. Sometimes for extended periods. If you have concerns about a specific program, you can contact the program manager whose contact information you can find together with the information about each program. And the programs can be found here.
Our core offering consists of our business development programs. The programmes are adapted to suit creators with ideas, innovations and companies in the artistic, cultural and creative industries.
In the programs you as a creator will have the opportunity to test your entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ability and that you become part of a community of other creators who want to develop sustainable companies.
Our experienced business coaches will be happy to help you find your next step. Contact one of them for advice. We cherish your ideas and apply full privacy to everything you discuss with us.
Program participation at eXpression Umeå is free of charge. What we demand of you is your time and commitment*.
However, it is important that you secure an income during your time in the incubator. If you have no employment or income from your company, you can contact our business coaches for financial support advice. You can find contact information here.
*In the Creatives incubator program, we charge for your office space.
In our Incubator program Creatives you have the opportunity to choose from three different office spaces:
- Custom desktop
The other programs include a cleandesk location and the possibility to rent your own desk or studio.
To access an office space, you must search and be accepted into one of our programs.
For creators who have applied for and been accepted into our business development programs, we have the opportunity to help creators in several ways, through workshops with experts in certain areas such as marketing, sales, manufacturing process, IPR etc. In addition, we have so-called internationalisation vouchers with the aim of promoting international trade.
We can also help you as a creator to navigate the financing jungle and explore possible financing solutions for your particular idea, innovation or business.
All business coaches and program participants at eXpression Umeå have signed non-disclosure 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 program participants at eXpression Umeå have signed non-disclosure agreements so you can feel safe discussing trade secrets with us.