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WHO CAN APPLY FOR CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP?

Any startup from the Creative Industries with a good business idea and a registered company is eligible to compete at Creative Business Cup, as long as they uphold the rules and criteria described in this section. 

There are no specific requirements for the participating company in relation to age, turnover or number of employees. However, the competition is for creative startups, which may be defined in accordance to the local context. 

Participants in Creative Business Cup can be: 

  • Startups utilizing creative skills in the production of a creative industries product / service. 
  • Startups utilizing creative skills in the development of a product or service for / in collaboration with other industries. 

Participants in Creative Business Cup must: 

  • Have the core asset of the business based on creative competencies. 
  • Be commercial. Their concepts must have market potential. 
  •  Own the rights to the idea with which he or she is entering the competition. 
  • Be registered as a legal entity in their country. 
  • Not have received more than 1,000,000,000 USD of external capital investment in the past. Have the core asset of the business based on creative competencies. 
  • Be commercial. Their concepts must have market potential. 
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Creative Business Cup will allow startups from the following areas to participate: 

  1. Advertising 
  2. Architecture
  3. Kraft & Artisan
  4. Design
  5. Experiences technologies 
  6. Fashion 
  7. Film, Video & Photography
  8. Gastronomy 
  9. Leisure Activities 
  10. Music
  11. Performing Arts 
  12. Publishing
  13. Radio & Television 
  14. Software, Computer Games & Electronic Publishing (for creative industries) 
  15. 3D Printing maker 
  16. Toys & Games 

HOW CAN A CREATIVE STARTUP PARTICIPATE IN CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP?

Any startup from the Creative Industries with a good business idea and a registered company is eligible to compete at Creative Business Cup. All startups must comply with the requirements and criteria stated in the title WHO CAN APPLY FOR CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP? 

Creative Business Network (CBN) has partner organizations all over the world, these organizations are called National Partners (https://cbnet.com/becomeanationalpartner/). CBN’s National Partners are responsible for the organization of their National Competition, then the winner will have the opportunity to come for the Creative Business Cup Global Finals: the world pitching finals where the Best Creative Startup of the Year is crowned.  

Each National Competition has different deadlines, to see which organizations runs Creative Business Cup in your country check our National Partner list and get in contact with them directly through their institutional email/phone number: www.cbnet.com/nationalpartners

All startups participating in a Creative Business Cup in any country of the world are invited to participate in the Creative Business Cup Global Finals and its additional opportunities for startups, such as: Creative Business Solution, Creative Business Investor Pitch, Exhibition Stands, and more.  

WHO CAN APPLY FOR CREATIVE BUSINESS SOLUTION/SOLUTION CHALLENGE?

Any startup from the Creative Industries with a good business idea and a registered company is eligible to compete at Creative Business Solution, known also as a Solution Challenge. All startups must comply with the requirements and criteria stated in the title WHO CAN APPLY FOR CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP? 

In addition to this, startups who wish to apply for a Solution Challenge must meet the special criteria specified in the call for applications.  

WHO CAN APPLY FOR CREATIVE BUSINESS INVESTOR PITCH?

Any startup from the Creative Industries with a good business idea and a registered company is eligible to compete at Creative Business Investor Pitch. All startups must comply with the requirements and criteria stated in the title WHO CAN APPLY FOR CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP? In addition to this, startups who wish to apply for the Creative Business Investor Pitch must be actively looking for investment and have an assessment and/or knowledge of their financial needs and offers.  

Investors

What benefits has a CBI?

  • Access to viable, high-quality investment propositions from creative startups and invaluable market intelligence
  • Access to a network of global investors in the creative industries with potential exit opportunities from existing portfolio companies
  • Opportunities to bring companies from your portfolio to the attention of other global investors and co-invest with likeminded investors from around the world
  • Opportunities to become a member of the global jury and expert

Why you should become a CBI?

Startups qualifying for Creative Business Cup have a proventrack record of performing above average and becoming successful companies. Join them on their journey early!

Who can apply as a CBI?

  • Business Angels (BA), networks and syndicates
  • Accelerators
  • Venture capital funds
  • Corporate venture capital (VC) funds
  • Institutional investors
  • Crowdfunding platforms
  • Family offices

Who can apply for an Investor Pass for our events?

Investor Pass is for investors who make direct investments in startups or venture capital funds – VCs, CVCs, Angels, LPs and M&A Investors.

What is the Creative Business Investor (CBI) Pitch?

The CBI Pitch is a dedicated session during the Creative Business Cup Global Finals. The jury consists of  diversified international investors who have extensive experience investing in startups and creative businesses. CBI Pitch provides the finest creative startups with the opportunity to pitch in front of international investors and find potential external investments. 

How to apply to become a CBI?

Subscribe to the CBI newsletter here., and you will be directly contacted by us!

Media & Press info 

What is Creative Business Cup and Creative Business Network?

Creative Business Cup is the Olympics for startups in the creative sector – organized by Creative Business Network, it is a global forum happening in Copenhagen once a year. 

Gathering startups from more than 100 countries, it is the place to be whether you are looking to get inspired, opportunities for funding or simply have a bright idea. 

As our community grows every year our mission remains the same: We believe that the cultural and creative industries have the skillset to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. And so, we want to bring the brightest minds from the cultural and creative industries together as a community, called Creative Business Network; we are your network.

Can I get a media pass?

Creative Business Cup Media Passes are provided for journalists/editorial members of the press. If you are a communication/PR professional, blogger or non-editorial employee of a media company, get in touch with us at media@cbnet.com so we can discuss the possibilities.

Where can I find photos and videos from Creative Business Cup?

You can find photos from Creative Business Cup here

You may use the photos for free when mentioning credits to the photographers and the name of our event. Publications, articles, and all non-commercial usage of the photos is allowed when crediting the photographer and mentioning that the photo is from Creative Business Cup.

Videos are available from our Youtube channel right here

You are not allowed to edit the photos nor to use them for commercial purposes. If you want to use the photos for commercial use, contact us at media@cbnet.com

Who do I contact for interviews?

Shoot us an e-mail at media@cbnet.com for any interview inquiries. 

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