Exclusive content: Presentations of ECIA’s Policy Learning Platform in Barcelona

22 JULY 2013

The capital of Catalonia was the vibrant centre of the ECIA Policy Learning Platform meeting on June 5th and 6th, 2013. The conference focused on Access to Finance.

ECIA PLP Meeting Barcelona

BizBarcelona in Figures

  • In the finance market alone, Bizbarcelona has provided over 1,800 meetings between entrepreneurs and investment institutions with a joint potential credit close to 100 million Euros.
  • Most of the projects presented by new entrepreneurs fall within the following sectors: ICT, industrial, clean technology, electronic trade, health sciences and biotechnology.
  • 120 participants participated in the ECIA conference on Access to Finance at Bizbarcelona.
  • Activity in Bizbarcelona has been frenetic, attracting over 12.000 visitors, including SMEs, self-employed professionals and entrepreneurs.
  • The show has also hosted 196 conferences; 306 speakers; 533 business and 120 international advice sessions; 101 exhibitors; 145 meetings between entrepreneurs in search of advice and executives; 10 networking spaces to find partners, collaborators, entrepreneurs to take over existing businesses, franchisees, suppliers and finance; 510 speed networking contacts; 151 BizCommunity institutions; 68 video-pitch recordings.

ECIA’s Access to Finance Conference at Bizbarcelona
The conference aimed to provide a wide scope of the key issues and challenges related to access to finance (such as existing trends, next practices and opportunities for cultural and creative industries (CCIs) at European level.

The audience of the conference was mainly composed of two groups: the SMEs and entrepreneurs attending the wider bizbarcelona event; and the regional, national and European policymakers from the cultural and creative domains and the industrial policies.

Read the event’s agenda: ECIA PLP Agenda (pdf).
See photos of the event on Flickr.

Watch the Presentations
For interested parties that could not make it to Barcelona, we have now uploaded the interesting presentations that were given during the Policy Learning Platform.

The first series of presentations was by ECIAP members Johanna van Antwerpen and Edgar Garcia Casellas, and by Ms. Mikolt Csap from EU DG Connect.

Presentation by Johanna van Antwerpen – ECIAP


Presentation by Edgar Garcia Casellas – ECIAP

ECIA – Presentation by Edgar Garcia Casellas (Barcelona 6 juny 2013) from ECIAonline

Presentation by Mikolt Csap – EU DG Connect
Click on the link to watch the presentation: Presentation Mikolt Csap – ICT for the Creative Industries (activities of Unit G2/Creativity of DG CNECT)

Presentation Culture-Entrepreneurship
Mr. Joost Heinsius (Manager Knowledge & Innovation, Cultuur-Ondernemen) gave a presentation on his organisation Cultuur-Ondernemen (‘Culture-Entrepreneurship’), which stimulates entrepreneurship of cultural organisations and independent artists and creatives.


The presentations made by the respective representatives of the Investors Panel, the Policy Panel and the Crowdfunding Panel can be seen at issuu.com/icec_generalitat.