Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme

Creative Spark is a five year initiative to support international university and institutional partnerships to develop enterprise skills and creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine through UK support. 

In order to support higher education reform and respond to unemployment rates in these seven countries, we will use the UK’s experience to help develop enterprise education. This way we will support over 10,000 students and young entrepreneurs in the first year of the programme.  

The programme has three key elements:

  1. Development of partnerships between universities and creative institutions in the UK and those in programme countries in order to support enterprise education and establish enterprise centres.
  2. Delivering enterprise skills training packages to students and creative entrepreneurs, ranging from pitching ideas and starting a business, to protecting intellectual property and securing credit lines.
  3. Delivering an English learning programme with a range of digital learning content including learning platforms, online courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) focused on English for entrepreneurship.

Programme aims

The expected impact is that creative enterprises make a greater contribution to sustainable and inclusive growth in programme countries with support of the UK.

The expected outcomes are:

  • to improve participants' awareness, entrepreneurship and English skills so that they are able to innovate and grow their business to support the development of creative economies
  • to improve collaborative working between partners in the UK and programme countries for developing sustainable enterprise skills education systems and enterprise hubs.

Baseline Research

The programme is informed by the research conducted in the UK and programme countries on Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.

The report identifies national policies, existing models, good practices, as well as the sector barriers and opportunities in each country. You can download the research results brief and UK University links to find out more.

Creative Spark Partnership Fund

The partnership fund will support the design and delivery of activities that support the development of enterprise education in programme countries. This will contribute to the reduction of unemployment by strengthening the creative industries in these countries.

Partnerships aim to address the following themes:

  • Skills development for students and young creative entrepreneurs 
  • Supporting new business activation and incubation 
  • Knowledge exchange  

Partnership Funds will be formally launched in September 2018 at the UK’s national Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Conference in Leeds. 

For more information on the partnership fund and the application guidelines, please visit the Creative Spark Partnership Fund page.