Applications to the 2021 Creative Business are now closed!

Thank you to our spectacular participants – and congratulations to this year's winner: Footprint Level®!

Do you have a brilliant idea that you want to grow?

We help you bring your business idea into the world together with investors, business coaches, and a massive international network.

Deadline: April 30, 2021.

The Creative Business Cup is an international competition for innovative business ideas, products or services who have the potential to grow globally. Anyone with a unique and creative business idea can participate in the competition. It doesn't matter if you are in a stage of ideation or if you're already making money, as long as your business model contains creative and innovative solutions.

Everyone who signs up gets feedback on their idea from our team of experienced investors and business coaches. Nothing to lose – lots to gain!

See what you can get

Applications for the Creative Business Cup 2021 are closed!

Stay tuned to follow the Creative Business Cup onwards.

Join us for the Final Event!

Swedish finals
May 19, 2021

This is what you get!


Compete for substantial financial rewards in the international Creative Business Cup finals in Copenhagen.


Receive one-on-one coaching, feedback, and mentorship from experienced business advisors and investors.


Get the opportunity to present your business idea to the world and showcase it to our international jury.


Attract international investments and an international audience for the chance to impact the CCI sector worldwide.


Form an international network with entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors from over 80 different countries.


Get inspired to think in new and different ways in our packed schedule of workshops, panels, and speaker events.


Apply here!

Take your creative business idea to the next level. Applications are now OPEN!.

Deadline April 30, 2021.



Swedish Finals

Join us in Lund for the Swedish finals of the CBC, share your brilliant idea and compete for a spot in the global finals.

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Global Finals

‍Expand your network at the CBC Global Finals, held in Copenhagen June.

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Rules to apply

For us, it doesn't matter if your idea is big or small, we want to hear all about it!

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Creative Business Network

With partners all over the world, we impact the global economy and the global culture. World domination at your fingertips!

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Contact info

Do you have any questions about the Creative Business Cup? Don't hesitate to get in contact with us! Email and we promise to get back to you as soon as we can.

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Meet some of our mentors, jurors & partners

Jonas Fischer

Jonas Fischer is an investor and entrepreneur from Hamburg. After working as a theatre director for several years, he focused on culture & media management. Since 2018, he is responsible for business development at VRHAM! festival for virtual reality art. His own VC company Frühstarter, invests in various companies, ranging from hotels to fintech or medical devices. They also consult startups, especially in the creative sector.

Emelie Johansson

Emelie is a professional dancer/performer working in Performing Arts since 1998. Performing & touring worldwide with e.g. Marina Abramovic, managing projects, mentoring young artists and contributing to artistic research. She has a long experience of creative processes, as starting off with an idea, finding funding, planning & turning it into a format relevant for the audience. At SITE she works with coaching artists in the incubator "Project Room", developing & funding projects and Nordic collaborations.

Rosa Rydahl

Since 2015, she has been a driving force in the development of a non-monetary support system for actors in the arts, culture and innovation at Stenkrossen. She has a past as a filmmaker in documentaries, music and performing arts. Rosa has taught at the BAU School of Design, Barcelona, in audiovisual creation and cultural criticism. She was part of the creation of Spain's first research group in design and social change in 2012-13 - GreDiTS.

Mikael Kotanidis

Mikael is a marketing professional and entrepreneur with wide knowledge from the marketing industry with more than 25 years experience. Mikael works with large and start up company's helping them to grow their business focusing on marketing strategy, campaign execution and client development. Currently Mikael works as Account Director and partner at

Maria E Larsson

Entrepreneur with several years of experience working with the cultural and creative industries in their international ventures, primarily within the Chinese market. Currently Head of Innovation at Tourism in Skåne and passionate about the crossroad where business, the creative industries and innovation meet.

Maria Lindblom

Through many years of experience as a business advisor and global business developer at Almi and Business Sweden, Maria has coached more than 3000 start-and scale-up companies. She also spent 10 years at the Regional Development office working on strategic policy development with a focus on regional collaboration and management to strengthen innovative capacity. Maria is passionate about collaboration and integrating design thinking. Maria current works at Ideon Innovation.

Rob Haans

Rob has been an athlete for over 40 years with Judo and Ju Jitsu as main competitive sports. In his long career as an elite athlete Rob has managed to win 3 World Championships, 2 European Championships and 2 World Games Gold. Today Rob is coaching elite athletes from different sports and is working as The National Team Coach for the Swedish Ju Jitsu Team. In his time as coach the team has won over 85 Championship medals which made this the most successful period of the Team today.

Cathrin Frisemo

Cathrin Frisemo is as a sweat equity investor sharing her knowledge and expertise with startups and scaleups. She’s the former vice chair of NFBAN, Nordic Female Business Angel Network. As an entrepreneur, mentor and author her major focus is the digital working life and with a special interest in leadership, creativity and health. Cathrin initiated Women In Tech International (WITI) – Swedish Chapter, as part of her engagement in women entrepreneurship and how to increase women in tech startups.

Joakim Sandström

En del av mina specialområden är: Socialt Företagande med hur man kan hjälpa den som står längst ifrån arbetsmarknaden till sysselsättning. Regeringsuppdrag inom Hjärnkoll där uppgiften var att påverka samhällets syn på psykisk ohälsa & fördomar. Samt verksamhetsledning på Kulturhus med att skapa ett brett kulturutbud för stadens innevånare och visa på hur viktigt KKN näringen är för samhället i stort.

Diamanto Politis

She is also visiting scholar at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has a particular research interest in entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurship education, the commercialisation of new technology, and the dynamics of learning in entrepreneurial systems of innovation.

Niccolò Sanarico

Niccolòs focus is on investing in digital startups at the seed stage, with particular interest in medtech, welfare-tech and B2B/SaaS/AI. Head of dealflow at dpixel, a startup advisory company based in Milan, Italy.

Marlene Johansson

Researcher at Umeå School of Business and CEO of eXpression Umeå. Dissertated in 2012 and researched new business models, innovation, entrepreneurship in industry conversions and innovation support for new and creative industries. Served as director of Sliperiet at Umeå University, an innovation and development environment and interdisciplinary meeting place between art, science, technology, 3Dlab and Softlab.

Sara Lönnroth

Sara Lönnroth has been the operations manager for Transit Culture Incubator since 2009. She has 18 years of experience working with professional artists to develop their artistic activities.

Katarina Scott

Katarina has over 25 years’ experience within the cultural and creative sector, private sector, education and municipality. Her background is as an economist but her passions are value driven entrepreneurship and coaching and she is a serial entrepreneur.

Anu-Katriina Perttunen

Supports cross-sectoral, forward-looking business activity with an emphasis on creative competence. She believes in open-minded networking and joint development of new solutions with new surprising partners. She focuses on supporting cross-sectoral collaboration and wider use of creative competencies, new value creation and new business models.

Luca Tesauro

Founder of Innovation Giffoni Innovation Hub and manager within the creative industries. He dedicated his life to the arts, intuitions, the freedom to create value and experimentation with cultures.

Anders Dahlin

VD Foodimpex International och investerare/affärsängel till flera bolag samt ägare till Dahlin Business Partner. Som coach: analytisk, ärlig och entreprenörisk /nytänkande (allergisk mot förvaltande….)

Björn Englund

Björn is founder and investment manager of I Love Lund, which invests in companies with a relevance towards the upcoming Golden Decades of Lund. Today’s start-ups will be unicorns of the future – and we want you all. Björn has many years of fund management, analysis and advisory experience. Björn loves squash, Markowitz, performance – and Lund.

Anne-Sofie Ericsson

Managing Director for SITE since January 2012. Educated at the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm and most recently from Dansens Hus in Oslo where she worked as administrative manager for four years. Previous workplaces are the National Theater, Gothenburg Opera's Dance Company and the Cullberg Ballet. She was artistic director for NordScen - Nordic Center for the Performing Arts in Copenhagen 2003-2007. Anne-Sofie is also a certified coach and mentor.

Martin Q Larsson

Inkubatorchef Klump Subtopia Specialområden Konst och kreativa näringar, organisationer, integration