ubc_1Different people have different learning needs. At University of British Columbia Continuing Studies, the choice is yours. Whether you prefer to study in-class or online, in a one-day course or a two-year certificate program, we offer flexible ways to learn at a pace that works for you.
Cultural entrepreneurship is an economic as well as socio-cultural activity, based on innovation, risk taking and maximizing opportunities. This online workshop focuses on the essence, uniqueness and importance of cultural entrepreneurship in the overall strategic management and policy-making process. An important aspect of the workshop is intrapreneurship in the cultural sector and how to manage internal innovations in a systematic way.

This online workshop on Cultural Entrepreneurship combines theoretical discourses with practical case studies from different countries around the world. Participants critically analyze entrepreneurial cases and examples by implementing appropriate theoretical models. As part of the learning process, we identify key issues and suggest strategic solutions for the development of organizations, as well as from the perspective of cultural policy-making. These include:

  • How can we, as cultural planners, managers and policy-makers, promote a proper environment in which cultural entrepreneurship can flourish?
  • What are the ways to connect creative practices and innovative tools with new business and financial models, and secure appropriate financial and material infrastructures to support them?
  • What strategies do cultural entrepreneurs need to elaborate in order to manage a start-up creative enterprise in a sustainable mode?
  • What is the role of strategic alliances, networking, collaboration and partnership in the entrepreneurial practice in the cultural sector?

ubc_online workshop_3This course is designed to fill the gap between a typical short webinar and a longer online course. Each workshop is led by an international expert, combines lectures and small group discussion, and meets online for two (2) hours, once a week for three weeks. There is also an online discussion board for sharing information and group discussion during the three weeks.  There is no grading.

Instructor: Dr. Lidia Varbanova

The next edition of the course is this fall: there are three scheduled online sessions. Tue Nov 4, Nov 11 & Nov 18, 10am-12noon PDT.

Hurry up: registration closes Oct 21, 2014 !

Standard Fee: $240. The format of this course is 100% online.


Read a recent paper “How Cities can Nurture Cultural Entrepreneurs” published by the Kauffman Foundation (November, 2013) which discusses the importance of cultural entrepreneurship to communities.

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