CDEA’s Creative Economy Incubator & Accelerator Initiative is a platform that empowers artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs to implement their artistic and business ideas based on an open call to join the incubator for incubatees from East Africa.

With support from GIZ-EAC’s Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA), CDEA’s Creative Economy Incubator will focus on mobility of creatives in the fashion and accessories design, film and music industries from Uganda to participate in incubator activities in Tanzania.

The goal of the project is: East African creative entrepreneurs in fashion and design accessories, film and music industries have acquired technical and business knowledge that will make them regionally competitive. 

The goal will be achieved through training, coaching and mentoring and exposure visits, showcasing and marketing creative products, networking and learning between incubatees and connecting investors and to potential incubatees.

Vision

Artists, artisans and creative enterprises in the fashion and accessories design, film and music industries contributing significantly to the GDP of the East African states

Mission

To provide artists, artisans and creative enterprises in the fashion and accessories design, film and music industries, with technical and business development skills to enable them become successful in the marketplace

Structure

CDEA’s Creative Economy Incubator is composed of Design Incubation Programme and Audio-visual Incubation Programme. The Design Incubation Programme will support emerging fashion and accessories designers, while the Audio-visual Incubation Programme will support emerging filmmakers and musicians.

CDEA’s Creative Economy Incubator services are:

Services

Fashion

Film

Music

 

1.       Technical and business skills development for selected incubatees

 

-Boot camp for fashion and accessories designers in Uganda and Tanzania

 

- Business development support

 

 

-Three master classes for Tanzanian filmmakers

 

 -Co-creation on content that focuses on regional integration issues and how to identify potential investors for the private sector for Ugandan and Tanzanian filmmakers

 

- Business development support

 

- Boot camp for musicians in Uganda and Tanzania

 

- Business development support

 

2.       Platforms to market creative enterprises and services

 

-Creative profiles of the incubatees for CDEA’s SanaaBiz Online Portal

 

-Market linkages to regional and global fashion and design value chains such as AfDB’s Fashionomics Online Platform

 

-Access to the annual Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference

-Creative profiles of the incubatees for CDEA’s SanaaBiz Online Portal

 

-Market linkages regional and global film distribution networks

 

 

 

 -Access to the annual  Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference

-Creative profiles of the incubatees for CDEA’s SanaaBiz Online Portal

 

-Market linkages to the Bozza and other regional and global production and distribution platforms

 

-Access to the annual  Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference

3.       Mobilizing stakeholders for the Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference

Incubator Services

-Facilitating an annual Multi-stakeholder Process (MSP) for the fashion and accessories design and textile prior to the conference

 

-Hosting a parallel session for the textile and fashion and accessories industry in East Africa at the conference

 

-Selected Ugandan and Tanzanian incubatees to market their work through booths, as well as pitching to potential investors

Facilitating an annual Multi-stakeholder Process (MSP) for the film industry prior to the conference

 

Hosting a parallel session for the film industry in East Africa at the conference

 

 Selected Ugandan incubatees will be able to market their work through booths, as well as networking with Tanzanian filmmakers and joint-pitching to potential investors

Facilitating an annual Multi-stakeholder Process (MSP) for the music industry prior to the conference

 

Hosting a parallel session for the music industry in East Africa at the conference

 

Selected Ugandan and Tanzanian incubatees will be able to market their work through booths, as well as pitching to potential investors.

 

 

The Accelerator Initiative, on the other hand, will focus on brokering linkages to funding, fund management services and financial literacy training for creative enterprises in the fashion and accessories design, film and music industries in East Africa

 

CDEA has three key programmes namely: Culture and Governance, Documentary and Future and Organizational Development.

The Culture and Governance Programme focuses on promoting inclusive or participatory governance in decision-making along the creative value chain as well as advocating for culture’s role in Sustainable Development by interweaving of cultural policies and other public policies. Key activities will be anchored within the decentralization framework of the East African Countries, supported by international and regional instruments such as the UNESCO 2005 Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the African Union Plan for the Cultural and Creative Industries, the East African Community Market Protocol and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) guidelines and the Creative City Planning Approach.

 

Culture and Governance Programme is currently implemented through research, policy analysis and advocacy in the culture and creative Industries in East Africa.

 

At regional level, CDEA produces a journal titled, Mashariki: Cultural Understanding and Peace Building.  Mashariki Journal is anforum that generates discourse on culture’s role in development and regional integration among East African artists, cultural leaders and managers, the broader civil society and state actors.

 

In the future, CDEA plans to host an annual Pan-African high-level forum, through its East African Thinkers platform, related to the role of culture in the peace, security and sustainable development agenda in East Africa.

 

CDEA will in May, 2017, host its inaugural Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference.

 

 CDEA’s future  programming will be around peace and social cohesion, sustainable cities and tourism.

 

The Documentary and Future Programme has four key projects namely:

  • The Creative Economy and Accelerator Initiative that is currently composed on the Audio-visual Incubator and the Design Incubator. Future work will around Accelerating creative enterprises
  • Eco Sanaa Terrace (The Arts Space)
  • Workspaces (Hot Seats for creative and social entrepreneurs. In the future we plan to host Hot Desks)
  • Pan-African Writers Lounge

At regional level, CDEA hosts the annual East Africa Vibes Concert and Midundo Online Radio Midundo Radio. Midundo Online Radio showcases East African conscious music and broadcasts empowering programmes for the youth.

The Organization Development Programme has four themes:

Theme 1: Focus on sustainability, strategy and culture

Theme 2: Strengthening of CDEA internal systems and processes

Theme 3: Advocacy and thought leadership

Theme 4: Establishing a performing arts infrastructure