3.5.21
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Anneli Xie

Meet the Speakers: Pär Säthil – The Brave Creative

Creativity and psychology might benefit more from each other than we think. On May 19th, xPlot welcomes Pär Säthil, psychologist, writer, and former musician, to speak about how psychology has the power to unlock creative action.

Pär Säthil is the founder of The Brave Creative, a course using the latest techniques from psychotherapy, psychological research, and meditation to uncover the innate creativity that exists within all of us. As a former musician and a creative himself, Säthil knows the ins and outs of the creative process and all it might entail, ranging from anxious thoughts and procrastination to motivation and creative productivity.

The Brave Creative can be seen as a formalization of methods that have helped me in my own creative journey,” Säthil says. “I started playing music as a young child and went on to play on and off professionally in my 20s. When I was younger, I did a lot of sports as well. In the world of sports, there’s a big focus on mental training that weaves into your performance. In the world of music, I didn’t really experience that at all,” he continues. “Instead, there’s this overwhelming focus on skill and artistic expression. You’re supposed to have a cool and insusceptible attitude, but during the first few years of being a musician, I had a lot of stage fright – and I didn’t know where I could find support to conquer it either. That’s when I decided to turn to psychology; and as soon as I started studying psychology, everything fell into place.”

Pär Säthil, psychologist, writer, former musician, and founder of The Brave Creative.
Photo: The Brave Creative.


Säthil explains that as creatives, we often find excuses to delay our creative action. In the world of psychology, there are several methods to help cope with behaviors that creatives might experience – procrastination, anxiety, stage fright, etc – under the umbrella of therapy. As creatives, we call it “writer’s block,” “being in a creative rut” – or the classic, “feeling uninspired.” 

“As soon as I started studying psychology at university, I realized that a collision of psychology and creativity was more likely – and more needed – than I’d ever thought,” Säthil says. “It just all seemed so obvious. Psychologists knew something that creatives needed to know, and no one was talking about it,” he explains. “I recognized it in myself, too. As soon as I started using the psychological toolbox I was receiving and learning about through school, my own creative process became so much… lighter,” he continues. “What used to be a process filled with stress, anxiety, self-doubt, and perfectionism started turning into creative flow. It just seemed so easy, all of a sudden; like magic.”

The coalescence of psychology and creativity that Säthil practices today is a combination of psychotherapy, meditation, and embodied cognition, meaning your bodily condition influences your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. 

“Your brain is constantly throwing out ideas that go in different directions. For example, during this interview it might be thinking ‘this interview is going awesome!’ or ‘this interview is going so badly, I’m saying the wrong stuff, I sound stupid,’ or whatever. My bodily sensations will help determine the likelihood of either answer being true. If I feel tense and my heart is rushing, I’ll be more likely to believe my own negative thoughts. If I feel relaxed and composed, I’m more likely not  to believe my negative thoughts and feel positively about myself and the situation I’m in,” Säthil explains. “Throughout the years, I’ve compiled a lot of techniques in order to create conditions for positive affirmations to really reach through, which in turn has the power to unlock our creative productivity while making us be and feel happy.”

Not unfamiliar to us within the creative sectors is also the idea that creative ideas are generated through a “flash of inspiration,” or that we ought to be receivers of creativity rather than to prompt it ourselves, which shouldn’t necessarily be the case. Instead of waiting for inspiration to hit us, Säthil explains that we can turn to the use of behavioral psychology to zoom in and recognize the obstacles blocking our creative flow and placing us in a “creative rut.” With recognition and awareness, we can then get to the root of the problem and use a psychological toolbox to tackle it.

The Brave Creative helps its participants unleash their innate creativity.
Photo: The Brave Creative.

“I think the way our Western society teaches us to create is really limiting our creative capacities. We’re so susceptible to judging thoughts, and that’s something we pick up at an early age,” Säthil says. “Take the example of learning how to sing. For most people, it’ll sound awful at first. We’re taught, through our surroundings, that a voice is supposed to sound like this, and do that, and sing this, and if we don’t conform to that, we’re often quick to give up.” 

According to Säthil, judging thoughts may lead to the two biggest obstacles that creatives face in their creative process: exhibiting perfectionism as a way of avoiding vulnerability and postponing creative action through procrastination, daydreaming, or an inability to finish started projects. So – how do we change the way we perceive and think about creativity? 

Well, The Brave Creative is here to provide you with answers. Through a constant focus on the process, The Brave Creative provides eight concrete steps for finding purpose, calm, focus, and creative action. 

The Brave Creative follows eight steps for creativity to thrive.


“What I’m hoping to contribute is a cognitive unlearning of the obstacles standing in the way of creativity; all of which are ingrained into our culture today,” Säthil explains. “We start The Brave Creative by mapping the creative process and then narrowing down our obstacles. Then we actively seek out uncomfortable situations to expose and condition the body and brain to acceptance and building the muscle of tolerate difficult emotions. We also place importance on self-compassion and being kind to yourself. It might sound a bit silly to give yourself positive affirmations, but compassion-focused therapy has been proven to really work. In relation to this, it is also important that we question our own thoughts and ask if they truly serve us,” Säthil continues. “When we’ve done all of that, we start working on daily routines and ways of working, defining what works and what doesn’t. Lastly, it is important to dare to be vulnerable in our creative process. Finding healing and connection in or with others can really boost a sense of community and creative acceptance.”

At xPlot, we are so happy to work with Pär Säthil and share so many of his thoughts and values on creativity. Like Säthil, we are big proponents of the interdisciplinary, the experimental, and a focus on the process; and as summed up so eloquently by Säthil himself:

“You know, I sort of have beef with the goal-setting theory – the development of an action plan to motivate and guide people towards “success.” Creative action should be fun and experimental; we need to let things grow organically and focus on the process rather than the end-goal.”

...and we so agree!


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Pär Säthil will be joining us on the 19th of May for the Swedish Finals of the Creative Business Cup, to guide us through the eight steps of The Brave Creative and inspire you to start cultivating your mental abilities just as much as your creative and entrepreneurial skills. You won’t want to miss this! More information about the event coming soon.
22.7.21
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Anneli Xie

This is TAI and SafariSeat – the Swedish start-up ranking no.3 in the world

During #BRIGHT21, 80+ countries competed in the Creative Business Cup to be crowned the best creative entrepreneurs in the world. TAI/SafariSeat – representing Sweden – claimed the bronze, ranking them the third best start-up in the world!

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20.7.21
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Anneli Xie

#RRCrossingBorders – New Ways of Storytelling with Natural Pengu

During this episode of Recap and Rewind – a look back at our annual event, Crossing Borders – we catch up with Markku Lorentz of Natural Pengu to talk storytelling, heroes, Dungeons & Dragons, and the power of the internet.

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19.7.21
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Anneli Xie

DARE Stories: Changing Lives, Changing Culture – Kamal Aubakirov and 360 Mentors

In this episode of DARE Stories, Kamal Aubakirov tells the story of 360 Mentors: an educational organization changing the lives of youth in Kazakhstan by helping them prepare for college.

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Anneli Xie

#RRCrossingBorders – What is FemTech? And why should we care, anyway?

On this episode of Recap & Rewind: FemTech and its importance in the modern entrepreneurship ecosystem. How do we render a new social reality of services, products, and design to support women’s health? And what really is FemTech, anyway?

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12.7.21
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Anneli Xie

DARE Stories: Raul Romero and Yakera

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5.7.21
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Anneli Xie

#RRCrossingBorders: Social Infrastructure and the Importance of Third Places

Welcome to Recap and Rewind – a look back at our annual event, Crossing Borders. First out is a discussion on urban design and the importance of creating third places – all through a lens of community, creativity, and CultureHouse.

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30.6.21
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Anneli Xie

#BRIGHT21: SafariSeat in the Global Finals of the CBC!

SafariSeat, the winners of Creative Business Cup Sweden 2020, are one of the top six creative start-ups in the WORLD! Today, June 30th, they're making their final pitch in the Global Finals of the Creative Business Cup, held virtually at #BRIGHT21.

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28.6.21
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Anneli Xie

#BRIGHT21: Footprint Level®, Smart Fashion – and much more!

#BRIGHT21 is a three-day virtual event running from 28 June – 30 June that will change your perspective on entrepreneurship and creativity. Join us to talk fashion and see Footprint Level® – winner of Creative Business Cup Sweden – take on the world!

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25.6.21
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Jonathan Wintoft

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The Crossing Borders event showed us the endless possibilities stemming from the Cultural and Creative Industries. This summer, we’re picking up on loose ends and tying it all together.

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21.6.21
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Anneli Xie

The future is BRIGHT – and so is Smart Fashion

In a week – on June 28th to 30th, 2021 – Creative Business Network is hosting their annual conference, #BRIGHT21. Of course, xPlot is joining in on the fun! On June 30th, tune in to hear our thoughts on the future of the fashion industry.

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10.6.21
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Anneli Xie

Crossing Borders, Taking Risks: All We Learned About Hybrid Events

On the 19th of May, we did something we’d never done before – we hosted a full-blown, international, hybrid event. Thank you to all who came! We had a blast and we hope you did too. Here’s what we learned.

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30.5.21
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Anneli Xie

Building Climate Resilience Through Communication with Footprint Level®

How do we build a climate resilient future amidst our ongoing climate catastrophe? We talk to Footprint Level® – the winner of Creative Business Cup Sweden 2021 – to see how their company contributes to the greater good of our climate, world, and us.

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20.5.21
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Anneli Xie

...and the winner is: Footprint Level!

After an intense and enthralling final of the 2021 Swedish Creative Business Cup, Footprint Level – under the lead of Mats Huss – emerged as the winner!

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18.5.21
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Anneli Xie

...and finally, meet the finalists!

TONIGHT, during our annual get-together, we present the winner of Creative Business Cup Sweden! Curious to hear more? Meet this year’s jury and our impressive top two finalists!

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18.5.21
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Anneli Xie

Meet the Speakers: Markku Lorentz and Pengu Studios

What kind of hero would you like to become? In Natural Pengu, Markku Lorentz explores the concept of cooperative storytelling of real-life, albeit virtual, humans, crossing the borders between life online and life offline. But how? Let's see..

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15.5.21
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Anneli Xie

Meet the Speakers: Haruna Katayama, FemTech Analyst

How do we render a new social reality of sex? Why is it important? Meet Haruna Katayama, FemTech Analyst, on her journey to democratize sexual pleasure and to normalize women’s sexual health.

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14.5.21
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Anneli Xie

Meet the Speakers: DARE CLAN and Riccardo Aimerito

DARE means courage, bravery, and risk. To Riccardo Aimerito, DARE is also an acronym for DYNAMIC, ADVENTUROUS, RADICAL, ECCENTRIC. How do we revolutionize the Cultural and Creative Industries through these four principles? Time to meet the Dare Clan.

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12.5.21
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Jonathan Wintoft

Meet our DJ: Elin Beckman

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12.5.21
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Anneli Xie

Meet the Speakers: Mario Amura and Phlay

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30.4.21
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Anneli Xie

Meet the Speakers: gener8tor and its Motown Musician Accelerator

On the Swedish CBC Finals on the 19th of May, xPlot welcomes Chelsea Linder from gener8tor and Suai Kee from gener8tor’s Motown Musician Accelerator, to speak about the creative economy and the music industry in the United States and globally. 

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23.4.21
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Jonathan Wintoft

Calling all creative entrepreneurs: Join the Creative Business Academy!

The winner of Creative Business Cup Sweden does not only get to represent Sweden at the Global CBC Finals in June, but also snatches a spot in an exclusive training program for creative entrepreneurs: the Creative Business Academy!

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22.4.21
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Anneli Xie

Meet the Speakers: Aaron Greiner – Founder and Director of CultureHouse

On the Swedish CBC Finals on the 19th of May, xPlot welcomes Aaron Greiner, founder and director of CultureHouse, to speak about the importance of social infrastructure and how free pop-up community spaces can make a lasting impact.

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19.4.21
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Anneli Xie

A mask start-up shows its face: Mymic wins the Swiss Creative Business Cup!

The Creative Business Cup is currently in full bloom, sprouting new and exciting innovations from all over the world. As part of an international network of 80+ countries, xPlot helped pick the winner in Switzerland last week. Let's check them out!

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12.4.21
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Anneli Xie

5 Reasons to Apply to the Creative Business Cup!

Time to put your thoughts into action – here’s five reasons YOU should apply to the Creative Business Cup!

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8.4.21
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Anneli Xie

Expert Input on the Elements of Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: A Chat with Dr. Jasna Pocek

At xPlot, we believe in the collective power of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. But what is an entrepreneurship ecosystem, really? We ask researcher and scholar Dr. Jasna Pocek to explain and elaborate.

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20.3.21
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Anneli Xie

The StoryTourist Story: From the Creative Business Cup to a Successful International Enterprise

In 2019, Johanna Forsman and Andreas Jansson of StoryTourist won the Swedish Creative Business Cup. At the Global CBC, they championed their category. We talk with Forsman to talk CBC, StoryTourist, and the importance of cultural entrepreneurship.

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16.3.21
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Anneli Xie

10 years, 10 webinars: Happy birthday, Klump!

Start the week fresh with inspiration – enjoy daily visits to Klump cultural incubator to learn and discuss cultural entrepreneurship with knowledgeable guests and passionate speakers. The webinars are informal, informative, and completely free!

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10.3.21
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Anneli Xie

Applications to the 2021 Creative Business Cup are now OPEN!

Dreaming of growing your creative endeavors? Thinking about starting your own business? Ready for the opportunity of a lifetime? Join the annual Creative Business Cup and turn your thoughts into action! We are here to guide you along the way.

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5.3.21
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Anneli Xie

Social Learning Enhances Entrepreneurial Education

How can entrepreneurial education benefit from social learning; and what really is social learning? In an academic study of one of xPlot's previous ventures – Barcamper – we may find the answers to our questions.

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23.2.21
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Anneli Xie

Welcome to the creARTive Sessions!

On March 4th, 2021, The creARTive Sessions begin! Aiming to promote and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience amongst entrepreneurs within the Cultural and Creative Sector, this is a digital series you do not want to miss.

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8.2.21
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Anneli Xie

xPlot & creARTive are joining Folk & Kultur 2021!

Reset and recharge; let’s have some fun! On February 10–12, 2021, you can join xPlot at the fourth annual – and first digital – Folk och Kultur! 250 activities packed into three days of fun and festivities; and best of all, it’s completely free!

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18.1.21
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Katarina Scott

69 different fundings you can apply for during 2021!

Do you need to finance a project in 2021? Navigating the Creative & Cultural industries for funding just got a bit easier.

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8.1.21
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Anneli Xie

From Barcamper to TIME Magazine: Kirill Noskov on Growing IAMRUNBOX

Even during a tumultuous year of COVID lock-downs and economic uncertainty, Kirill Noskov – founder and CEO of the backpack company IAMRUNBOX – has achieved momentous success.

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24.11.20
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Lars Mattiasson

Join our innovative educational program - Creative Business Academy

xPlot and Creative Business Network launch an international educational program for the Creative Industries.

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5.10.20
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Hossein Lavi

Lunds kommun och Lundasupport bjuder in till webinar!

Välkommen att delta vid ett interaktivt event om finansiering och ekonomi i det nya normala. Oavsett om du driver en startup eller ett etablerat företag så hjälper vi dig att reda ut begreppen och se möjligheterna.

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28.2.20
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Lars Mattiasson

What can entrepreneurs learn from athletes about sustainable development?

In order to create the companies of the future, entrepreneurs need to learn about personal sustainability. For this reason, we’ve invited four top athletes to join the Swedish final of the Creative Business Cup.

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21.1.20
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Elinor Valfridsson

5 reasons why you should apply for Creative Business Cup 2020

Gather your thoughts and sharpen your pens, because the applications for CBC (Creative Business Cup) are open!

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9.1.20
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Lars Mattiasson

Apply to the Creative Business Cup!

We can help you take your business idea to the world together with investors, business coaches and a massive international network!

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3.12.19
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Elinor Valfridsson

What is Creative Business Network and what’s xPlot got to do with it?

To support the entrepreneurs in our network, we’ve, therefore, joined forces with Creative Business Network, a global organization whose main focus is to support startups in the creative industry.

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30.10.19
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Hossein Lavi

Be Here Then - an xPlot story is borne.

Ever wondered how the old train station looked like or how the main city square was used 200 years ago? In October, one of our startups who made it to xPlot's national finals during 2018 launched their time machine app in the city of Lund in Sweden.

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30.9.19
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Nida Aslam

Nida from Pakistan collaborates with xPlot in opening a new Creative Business Network in Pakistan.

I have always believed that good design and creativity can help solve the most complex problems in the world.

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10.9.19
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Lars Mattiasson

The Brewhouse Award 2019.

Compete for SEK 20,000, business coaching, marketing, mentoring and other profits that will bring you to fruition.

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5.9.19
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Lars Mattiasson

Incubators for culture & creative industries join forces in a national organization.

Sweden's incubators for culture and creative industries gathered at Brewhouse's cultural factory to form a new association for incubators within the culture and creative sector.

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19.6.19
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Lars Mattiasson

Creative Business Cup Global Finals in Copenhagen July 1-2.

Creative Business Cup National Competitions are organized in more than 70 countries, sending winners annually to the Global Finals in Copenhagen. ​

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5.6.19
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Lars Mattiasson

Winner of Creative Business Cup Sweden sharpens her pitch before the Global Finals in Copenhagen.

Johanna Forsman, co-founder of Story Tourist takes part in the Baltic-Nordic Bootcamp June 4-5 in Helsinki.

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10.5.19
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Hossein Lavi

And the winner is…Story Tourist!

We are happy to announce the winner of Creative Business Cup Sweden. Next step for Story Tourist is the global finals in Copenhagen the 1-2 of July.

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2.5.19
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Lars Mattiasson

From a film festival to a multimedia opportunity valley.

The story about a small Italian village that became a leading film and multimedia hub. On the 8th of May, you will hear the full story from Luca Tesauro, CEO of Giffoni Innovation Hub

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29.4.19
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Hossein Lavi

Meet our exciting finalists!

Fierce competition and strong inflow of applications made it really hard for the jury to evaluate and choose the finalists for the 8th of May in Lund.

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25.4.19
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Hossein Lavi

Many thanks to all the startups who applied to Creative Business Cup Sweden 2019.

Next, the finals 8th of May at Mejeriet in Lund.

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27.3.19
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Hossein Lavi

Do you want to speed up your access into an international market?

Apply today to the Creative Business Cup Sweden and check if your idea has the potential to succeed globally.

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15.3.19
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Lars Mattiasson

Here we are, with *great news* for you!

On the 4th of April in Stockholm, the Sweden Demo Day will take place!

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