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.
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.
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.
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 project is 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.
CDEA’s Creative Economy Incubator is composed of Design Incubation and Audio-visual Incubation programmes. The Design Incubation Programme supports emerging fashion and accessories designers, while the Audio-visual Incubation Programme supports emerging filmmakers and musicians.
1. Technical and business skills development for incubatees
2. Events and conferences on creative economy issues
1. Brokering linkages to funding and impact investors, providing co-working space, mentor-ship and support and exposure to regional and international creative economy ecosystem
2. Platforms to market creative enterprises and services
Part of the program involves the following designers who showcased at the 15th edition of Swahili Fashion Week and Awards:
1. DORTISH STYLE
3. JACKLINE CULTURE
4. LAVO HANDS
5. NKOY EXECUTIVE
6. TERSAN DESIGNS
7. LANA DESIGNS
8. MBOKA USWEGE
10. SHAHBAAZ SAYEED
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