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D3.5.1 Report on Chebec Pilot Evaluation

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D3.5.1 Report on Chebec Pilot Evaluation
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Internationalization processes provide new opportunities for product and service innovation, audience development and new business models which may be leveraged by artists and cultural entrepreneurs. However, access to international markets is limited to cultural and creative organizations due to their nature, characterized by self-employment, small and micro-enterprises, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Moreover, artists and cultural and creative professionals tend to have project-based careers and a high degree of mobility, while they often have an irregular and unpredictable income and combine several jobs to earn a living (European Commission, 2018).

To tackle these barriers, Chebec project tested a support program oriented to enhancing international and entrepreneurial competences among te Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) and its firms and professionals. To do so, Chebec programme implemented 9 pilot experiences in 5 european countries (Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Bosnia & Herzegovina). The tested experience within the pilots has demonstrated the usefulness of a training and support programme for internationalization for the CCS organizations, contributing to solve basic problems presented by these organizations, such as the lack of skills in business organization, audience development or access to funding. Moreover, the mobility experience introduced an opportunity for cultural entrepreneurs to acquire international experience and generate a network of potential trans-local collaborations. However, the amount and specific nature of the organizations within each of the pilots requires adjusting the programme contents and team building activities to maximise its effectiveness.

The capacity building programme (training + consultancy) has achieved great results and beneficiaries are quite satisfied on average. After the training programme, beneficiaries especially increased their knowledge on European programmes and mobility grants. Some of them even have prepared proposals for calls on European projects, which is a positive outcome of the project.

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