Are you a creative entrepreneur in the fashion and accessories design, film and music sectors,  an impact investor or a development partner  interested in being part of the dialogue to improve the investment ecosystem for the creative economy in East Africa?


The Mashariki Creative Economy Impact investment  Conference is the place to be.

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Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) is a creative think tank that provides cultural and Pan-African thought leadership for creative, social and scientist innovators to create and innovate through structured workplace learning, incubation, research & advocacy and capacity building for social change. We also innovate on how space can be used to enhance sustainable workplace productivity and green community lifestyles.

 Our niche is to design and develop evidence-based programmes that place culture at the centre of development in East Africa.


CDEA’s Vision

An East African Community where culture is at the centre of development


CDEA’s Mission

We exist to facilitate multi-stakeholders to use culture as a resource to stimulate innovation and find solutions for sustainable production and lifestyles


CDEA has two key programmes namely: Culture and Governance and Documentary and Future with two key projects that aim at improving the investment ecosystem in the culture and creative Industries in East Africa. These projects are:


·         Creative Economy Research & Advocacy in East Africa

·         Creative Economy Incubator and Accelerator Initiative

 The objectives of the conference CDEA is organizing are: 

  • ·         To enable creative entrepreneurs, government and investors dialogue, learn from national and regional initiatives, make decisions and take action to improving the creative ecosystem
  • ·         To provide a platform for creative start-ups and SMEs to pitch to potential impact investors
  • ·         To  advocate for the establishment  an impact capital vehicle for supporting the creative economy ecosystem in East Africa through a collaboration between impact investors and mainstream institutional investors/donors