Caribbean Export call for proposals
Are you in fashion or another creative industry and want to take your idea to the next level? The European Union’s WORTH Partnership Programme is offering grants of €10,000 to help take innovative projects forward.
Eligible projects must bring together two or three small or medium-sized enterprises or individuals from at least two EU 28 countries (including the Overseas Countries or Territories) or the following eligible countries: the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Turkey, Albania, Serbia, Moldova, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia. The call closes on 24th October 2018.
The aim of the WORTH programme is to set up collaborations between fashion designers, creative people and manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) and technology firms from different countries to develop innovative products in the creative industry sector.
Eligible sectors are: textiles, clothing, footwear, leather products and other fashion and high-end products and accessories such as jewellery, furniture and home decoration.
Successful applicants will also be given coaching and advice and the opportunity participate in two international fairs.
To apply, you can either be an established Small Medium sized Enterprise (SME), a start-up, self-employed or a professional freelancer.
Eligible SME companies must be legally established for at least six months prior to the application deadline.
Self-employed applicants must be legally established from the start and throughout their partnership project, according to the law of each participating country.
Partnerships must involve two or three partners with different profiles:
- Designers; self-employed professionals, design labs, and start-ups.
- Makers; crafters and SME manufacturers.
- Technology firms; innovators, tech labs, tech providers and start-ups.
Those interested but who do not have a partner, can also search for one during the online application process.
Remember: Apply before 24th October 2018.
For more information on how to apply, contact OCTA innovation firstname.lastname@example.org or see: http://www.worthproject.eu
Sectoral Study of the Creative Industries and Innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands
OCTA Innovation in collaboration with the Department of Culture, on June 4th – 5th, hosted information gathering sessions with key stakeholders and entrepreneurs within the creative industry sector in the TCI. The sessions were steered by Mr. Jacques Grysole, visiting Consultant of OCTA Innovation and President, Expansion Strategies Inc. a Canadian based company.
The aim of the mission was to conduct a sectoral study on Creative Industries and innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands which included:
- Scoping and mapping on status and opportunities in the creative industry.
- Identifying innovative actions which could be implemented in short and medium term to create jobs, to enhance the SME development and to diversify the economy.
- Pulling out the actors and making synergy of different media and cooperation between content users and content producers.
Topics discussed were:
- short profile of the industries sectors
- strengths and weaknesses,
- innovation opportunities and constraints
- strategic orientations and
- proposed action plan.
OCTA Innovation a dedicated project initiated by the Overseas Countries Territories, since implementation the TCI has benefited from various technical assistance support in addition to this TA support to the Department of Culture as steps are taken towards the formalization and recognition of the creative industry sector in the TCI.
Innovation Manager for TCI and VP SME Development, Invest Turks and Caicos, Ms. Alexa Cooper commented “Being able to secure the Technical Assistance through OCTA Innovation for the Department of Culture was extremely important. It is the first step in helping to identify the current state of the industry, the number of persons involved, the opportunities that exist and charting a way forward for improvements to and further development of the sectors. There are a lot of very creative and talented young minds in the TCI, providing an enabling environment that hone their skills and fosters entrepreneurship can be the catalyst to sustainable growth of another industry in the TCI.”
Attending Day one session were Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Permanent Secretary Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Director of Culture Ms. Ludwina Fulford, Director National Trust Ms. Ethyln Gibbs-Williams, Museum Representative, Mrs. Candianne Williams and Mr. David Bowen, former Director of Culture. Day Two session accommodated the entrepreneurs within the various industry sectors. Participants were Crystal “Tess” Charles, Daphne Forbes, Delphine Scott, Emily Malcolm, Jean Taylor, Esher Parker, Hezron Henry, Andy Williams (DJ Shakes) and David Bowen along with the Department of Culture Director and staff.
Commenting on the session Hon. Karen Malcolm stated “I am extremely pleased that we were able to partner with OCTA Innovation to meet with and discuss things to move the Creative Industry along. The discussions have been very robust and have brought a number of challenges being faced to light but we were also able to come up with several solutions that will help to put our artisan community in a much better standing. We recognize that for some time now, not enough attention has been placed on this industry. However, we are renewing our commitment to providing the necessary support by way of the Department of Culture and other such stakeholders. “
The creative industry covers sectors such as; Heritage, Museums, Theatres, Music, Fashion, Design, Film, television and radio, Interactive digital media (IDM), Books, Print Media, Digital Publishing and Literature, Advertising, Culinary, Local and Traditional Crafts, Festivals.
The development of creative industry assists development of economy in different fields such as enhancing SME, diversifying the economy or creating new job opportunities. Jacques Grysole, expert in creative industry worked out with the key stakeholders in the OCTs a scoping study and developed recommendations for steps forward. Based on this, Jacques made workshops and worked with stakeholders in Anguilla, Aruba, BVI and Curaçao.
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Winfred Dania is called the Van Gogh of Bonaire, as both felt misunderstood and resorted to painting as a means of expression. Van Gogh wanted to show a journey of self-discovery and portray his emotions thus paving the way for new trends in painting.
The deaf Winfred Dania is able to involve people in his personal experiences and dreams. He discovered a medium through which to recount the mythology of his island and reveal the symbolic meaning of numbers. Both communicate with their audience, timelessly as it were, through their works.
The economy of Turks and Caicos Islands relies on the tourism industry, real estate development and the exportation of seafood. A wide variety of financial services are available, including company formation, offshore insurance, banking, trusts, limited partnerships and limited life companies. Innovation manager Alexa Cooper confirmed high interest in enhancing creative industry.
Sint Maarten is recognized as regional air transport hub and is a major destination for large cruise ships in the Caribbean. It is known for its casinos, exotic drinks, jewelry and nightlife and largely depends on tourism. The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Jorien Wuite organized a Creative Industries Interactive Exchange Forum, CIIEF, on March 21st, 2018 with an aim to encourage and fuel sensitization of the arts as a valuable contributor to the socio-economic sphere as well as to recognize and stimulate the role of the arts in the healing process of the island- especially amongst its young people. Innovation manager Jude Huston confirmed high interest in enhancing creative industry.
Le directeur de l’innovation de Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Olivier Gaston, a exprimé son intérêt pour le développement de l’industrie créative. La mission de Jacques Grysole, expert de l’industrie créative, est prévue pour Octobre 2018.
Several meetings have been done in British Virgin Islands to discuss different sectors.
- Television, radio, music and digital media. A TV/radio campaign and industry workshops have been considered a solution to improve this sector.
- Heritage, museums, theatres. Being BVI the unique Caribbean island with its own history, that could be used as a strengthen for the development of its creative industry. More local books could be placed in schools, considering that youth is a new important path for the growth. Furthermore, fund rising could give the opportunity to implement some other activities to create curiosity around people as the production of short promoting videos to be published on social media or creating sound and light presentations.
- Fashion, local and traditional crafts. Even if there is some indigenous material in the island and the younger generation’s interest is growing in this sector, there is a lack of awareness about the crafts, design and theatre that takes to the risk of losing traditional craft skills. These issues could be solved through a greater implementation of these topics in the scholar sector, creating e-commerce siting in order to develop international promotion and develop incubators/co-working space.
- Design and culinary. The design sector should organize a trade show on housing for the business sector and make representations to the government to adopt the development plan to cover the lack of political will and of the building code. The culinary sector, instead, could organize workshops for the business community and for the general public to improve people’s knowledge about this topic.
All members of the industry that contributed to these brain storming sessions expect to continue this planning exercise with the technical assistance of OCTA in order to develop a complete Development Strategy for the creative and cultural industries of BVI.
Various topics and sectors have been discussed during different meetings in Anguilla. Namely community, music, theatre, art and festival sectors, fashion, cultural and dance sector, culinary sector and event planning. During the workshops came out that Anguilla, despite of the problems caused by the hurricane Irma, is rising, but, to be more developed, needs a more openness and help from the government and to highlight the importance of sectors.