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19 October 2014

Creative Hubs - Speaker Call Out!

We’re looking for founders of UK based creative hubs to speak at an exciting event in Nigeria on 8th and 9th December. Do you fancy sharing your story with the creative community in Lagos?

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There is a growing worldwide trend towards people and businesses choosing to work in creative hubs - shared spaces that foster new, more collaborative ways of working. British Council Nigeria is supporting a creative industries Expo in December 2014, which will bring together some examples of Nigerian creative hubs and creative businesses.  

This Expo is part of the British Council’s remit to foster international collaborations and dialogue, sharing global learnings and examples of best practice.

We’re inviting two creative hubs founders from the UK to take part in the Expo and showcase their successful model of a creative hub to the Expo audience.  This will be a chance to showcase your business and your hub to an audience in one of the world’s most exciting emerging economies. 

Who are we looking for?

-         UK-based creative hub founders and managers who have set up and are running hubs or spaces to support creative entrepreneurs and creative communities. Our definition of a creative hub includes: hackspaces, incubators, accelerators, creative co-ops, labs, makerspaces, etc.

What you’ll need to do if selected

-        Be available to travel to Nigeria as a guest of the British Council between 7-10 December;

-        Be able to deliver a 15 minute presentation, to an audience of around 100 specially invited members of Nigeria's creative community, on your creative hub model, outlining why it’s effective, how it’s building links with investors and how it complements other public and private initiatives. The presentation should share some of your experience of setting up your creative hub in a way that would inspire others to do the same. You will also be involved in a Q+A afterwards;

-         Get involved in a curated programme of activity around the Expo, where you will get the chance to connect with fellow creative entrepreneurs and hub managers in Nigeria;

We’re particularly interested in hearing from people who are interested in developing links with the creative start-up scene in Nigeria as we want the Expo to mark the beginning of some longer lasting conversations and connections between the UK and Nigeria. We would also be looking for the participants to follow up their trip by writing a short blog for our website on their experience of the Expo.

The trip will be fully funded by the British Council and a modest honorarium will be provided for your time and input.

How do you register your interest? 

Please send us a 1-2 page expression of interest by 5pm on Monday 3 November 2014 which includes the following:

-         Hub/incubator profile: Please include a description of your creative hub or incubator (including size, sectors, building, ethos and business model). Please include contact details and website.

-         Personal statement: Please describe your own background, experience and interests in relation to founding and leading creative hubs/incubators.

-         A brief description of your interest in Nigeria and how this opportunity might benefit you and your hub/incubator

-         Links to talks that you have already delivered around this theme (optional)

-         Confirmation that you are free to travel to Nigeria between 7th to 10th December and that you hold an up to date passport (British Council will organise your visa)

Submissions are accepted via email only. Please send completed statements to:  Submissions should be emailed before 5pm (BST) on 3 November 2014 and we will follow up with interested parties by Friday 7 November. We will select representatives who we feel can contribute best to the conversation in Nigeria.

If you have any questions about the process or the Expo please contact