C-Ship program

Do you have great ideas? We'll turn them into reality !


Join C-SHIP programme to develop, test and operationalise your cultural project !
Make culture the business of your life !

Our courses


Do you want to develop your idea/ grow your cultural activity?
Do you want to make your cultural project viable and impactful?
Are you wondering how to move from a complementary project to a main activity that will enable you to make a living from your passion?

Through real-life case studies, during the action-learning training C-SHIP you will innovate in your economic and operational models, create partnerships, consider cooperative and ethical methods of managing cultural projects, optimise societal impact... among other things.

You'll design, test and implement a sustainable, high-impact project... while taking your own project forward.

Target audience

C-SHIP training is offered to the following sectors: Performing Arts; Visual Arts; Cultural Institutions and Museums; Cultural Heritage; Film and Audiovisual Production.

Their stories

Nicolas Géal, Director of the famous Toone Theatre, took part in the first edition of C-Ship. He shares his experience.

Their stories

Ann-Christine Racette, Director of the Sapientra project, took part in the first edition of C-Ship. She shares her experience.


Are you a visual or performing artist?
Would you like to devote most of your time to your artistic passion and your cultural products and thus be freed from the need to hold down a second job to provide additional income?
Would you like to adopt an entrepreneurial approach that allows you to diversify your sources of income beyond declining subsidies and - at the same time - makes a positive impact on society?

Artpreneur will enable you to become a successful creative entrepreneur with a strong focus on sustainability! This course will guide you in acquiring basic entrepreneurial skills, whether in terms of strategy, management, marketing, finance, project management, administrative aspects or copyright.

Target audience

Artpreneur training is offered to visual and performing artists.

Our Webinars in 2023-2024

Webinar 1 C-SHIP, Tuesday 26 September 2023, 16:00-17:30

Cultural entrepreneurship, what skills for the future?

  • 16:00-16:05 Welcome (Ruba Saleh)
  • 16:05-16:15 Ilona Lelonek Husting DG GROW
  • 16:15-16:25 Daphné Tepper CCI LSP
  • 16:25-16:35 Alexandra Lambert, Coordinator CCIs Platform Brussels Region, hub brussels
  • 16:35-16:45 Annemie Verlinden, cultuurloket, EIT Culture and Creativity 16:45
  • 16:55 Jermina Stanojev, HERKUL KU Leuven, The European Heritage Hub
  • 17:00-17:25 Q&A
  • 17:25-17:30 Conclusions and reminder of the next webinar (Ruba Saleh)

ICHEC Brussels Management School, Bd Brand Whitlock 4, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

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Webinar 2 C-SHIP, Thursday 12 October 2023, 16:00-17:15

Cross-sector collaboration why and how?*

  • 16:00-16:05 Welcome (Ruba Saleh)
  • 16:05-16:20 Umberto Bellodi, WG leader on cross-sector innovation, CCI LSP
  • 16:20-16:35 Kouzmine-Karavaïeff (Suo), artisans of innovation
  • 16:35-16:50 Cristina Nunez, the self-portrait experience
  • 16:50-17:10 Q&A
  • 17:10-17:15 Conclusions and reminder of the next webinar (Ruba Saleh)

*Under the framework of the Creative Skills Week

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Webinar 3 C-SHIP, Thursday 16 November 2023, 16:00-17:15*

Cultural entrepreneurship, what skills for the future?

  • 16:00-16:05 Welcome 16:05-16:20 Claudia Matera, WG leader on skills for the digital environment, CCI LSP
  • 16:20-16:35 Andrea Monaco, ARTI democratize cultural philanthropy.
  • 16:35-16:50 Annik Meulemans, The birdwing
  • 16:50-17:10 Q&A
  • 17:10-17:15 Conclusions and reminder of the next webinar

Under the framework of the Large-Scale Skills Partnership For the Cultural and Creative Industries Ecosystem.

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Webinar 4 C-SHIP, Thursday 14 December 2023, 16:00-17:15

Cultural entrepreneurship and green transition

  • 16:00-16:05 Welcome (Ruba Saleh)
  • 16:05-16:20 Jordi Baltà Portolés, WG leader on skills for the green transformation, CCI LSP
  • 16:20-16:35 Finn Van Dinter, Pulse partnership and policy support, Pulse
  • 16:35-16:50 Tokie Brown, Heritage Architect at Merging Ecologies
  • 16:50-17:10 Q&A
  • 17:10-17:15 Conclusions and reminder of the next webinar (Ruba Saleh)

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Our past activities


Webinars in English:

  • Thursday 17 November 2022, 16:00-17:15 (CET)
    Webinar 1: Make culture the business of your life!

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  • Thursday 8 December 2022, 16:00-17:15 (CET)
    Webinar 2: Cultural entrepreneurship and money: a love/hate relationship

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Collaboration between C-SHIP and Artisans of Innovation :
  • Thursday 19 January 2023, 16:00-17:15 (CET)
    Webinar 3: Art & business as drivers of a reciprocal change of mentality?
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  • Thursday 16 February 2023, 16:00-17:15 (CET)
    Webinar 4: Art & business: collision or synergy?
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Anthropocene walks

As part of Economic Transition Week (18-25 November 2022), the C-SHIP team wanted to raise awareness of the negative commons and trigger collective thinking, discussion and perhaps answers through a number of Anthropocene walks. 

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As part of the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities, ICHEC C-SHIP, Metropolitan Research Institute (Hungary), Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development IRISS-CNR (Italy) and the European Commission's European Research Executive Agency are organising a workshop: Collaborative Heritage Ecosystems in the Post-Pandemic EU. The workshop took place on Tuesday 12 October 2021 from 11.30am to 1pm.

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3 Activities linked to European research

- 7-9 September 2022: Hackathon of the H2020 BeCultour project (

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The COVID crisis has hit the cultural and creative sectors hard. Subsidies decreased. The audience is coming back, but not as much as hoped. Our experience shows that an entrepreneurial approach to culture can be a response to these challenges, while preserving its intrinsic values.

C-SHIP stands for Cultural Entrepreneurship. It was designed by ICHEC in response to COVID crisis under the framework of the United Nations International Year for the Creative Economy & Sustainable Development.

It's an action learning programme on cultural entrepreneurship addressing artists and cultural professionals and wannabes. Action training because it offers two tailor-made trainings (C-SHIP & Artpreneur) organised in the form of interactive sessions, meetings and exchanges, learning by doing and coaching together with a series of free webinars.

To date, there is no agreed-upon definition of Cultural Entrepreneurship. We define it as a set of activities aimed at harnessing a cultural business opportunity. The novelty stands in being innovative in transforming cultural values into economic values. The process of creating new cultural expressions could be also interpreted as the business of capturing intangible values (performing arts, artistic creation, traditions and knowledge, etc…) into tangible outcomes in the form of cultural capital. The process of creating new adaptive reuse of heritage buildings is about the business of transforming abandoned, underused, or not in use cultural heritage into common goods which reflect the needs and aspirations of the contemporary local community with respect to the environment and social practices and interactions. By transforming the cultural asset, the cultural entrepreneur harnesses the existing cultural (tangible and intangible) and economic values and transforms them into enhanced cultural, economic, social, and environmental impacts, outcomes, and benefits.

For both processes, the cultural entrepreneur makes use of new skills and technologies to transform assets into innovative cultural services, goods, uses, and organizational forms that generate financial revenues, positive societal impacts, and new creative and cultural markets.

The core of the C-SHIP programme is the notion of entrepreneurship applied to the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). For more than 20 years, ICHEC has successfully developed various programs linked to entrepreneurship. Today, it offers an ecosystem of sustainable and impactful entrepreneurship provided by Option Entrepreneuriat et PMEChaire Familles en Entreprises / Maison du RepreneuriatStartlab ICHECStep2You and C-SHIP for different segments of the society.

ICHEC has thus, contributed to better understanding the entrepreneurial fabric of Brussels and to improving it through innovative educational programmes. Many of these programmes are now accessible in a market that has become very competitive.

On the other hand, the application of this unique expertise to the cultural and creative sectors does not yet have an equivalent. The implementation of the C-SHIP programme is in fact based on three cornerstones: sustainable and inclusive management expertise, application to the cultural and creative sectors, scientific knowledge in heritage economics and the economics of culture.

The creative journey which has its ups and downs, requests a lot of self-confidence, resilience, agility and capacity to pivot. The objective of the C-SHIP programme is to enable professionals in the creative and cultural industries to ensure financial viability, to develop and / or strengthen their management capacities for a sustainable, flourishing and resilient business, while maximizing its societal contribution and its positive impacts. The programme is based on culture and heritage economics, as well as on social entrepreneurship and agile ways of working. It takes a systemic and inclusive approach to creative and cultural economies.

  • Philippe Drouillon. Animateur principal de C-SHIP, collaborateur scientifique à l’ICHEC Brussels Management School, fondateur and consultant à ‘Metamorphosis, catalyst of positive impact territories and organizations’.
  • Prof. dr. Christian Ost. Président du Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (RLICC) à la KU Leuven, Recteur honoraire de l’ICHEC Brussels Management School.
  • dr. Ruba Saleh. Chercheuse et enseignante, ICHEC Brussels Management School.
  • Karen El Haddad. Collaboratrice de projet


  • Prof. dr. Elena Borin, Associate Professor, Link Campus University, Italie
  • dr. Gillian Foster, Institute of Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Autriche 
  • dr. Ugo Guarnacci, Visiting Fellow, School of Politics, Economics and International Relations, University of Reading, Royaume-Uni
  • Marcus Haraldsson, Coordinator Global Grand Central, Suède
  • Frédéric Meseeuw, Institutional Advisor, Palais de Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles BOZAR, Belgique
  • Prof. dr. Andy Pratt, Professor of Cultural Economy, Director, Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City University London, Royaume-Uni
  • Joke Quintens, Cultural entrepreneur and founder, Wetopia, Marseille, France.
  • dr. Hanna Szemző, Managing director, Metropolitan Research Institute, Hongrie
  • Prof. dr. Koen Van Balen, full professor Faculty of Engineering Science, Head of Heritage at KU Leuven, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), Belgique

Become a C-Ship trainee!

Are you looking for an internship and interested in the cultural and creative sectors?
We would be delighted to welcome you to the C-SHIP internship programme!

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Our trainees in the C-ship team

  • 31 août- 9 octobre 2020, Sida Cheng, KU Leuven University, Belgique.
  • 12 avril- 28 mai 2021, Carolina Menegon Nossig, Eindhoven University, Pays-Bas.
  • 16 août -30 septembre 2021, Peng Ieng Lei, KU Leuven University, Belgique.
  • 23 août - 4 octobre 2021, Farida Elghamry, KU Leuven University, Belgique.
  • 23 août- 4 octobre 2021, Mustafa Can Terzi, KU Leuven University, Belgique.
  • 21 septembre -29 octobre 2021 & 7 février-01 avril 2022, Nicolas Bertholet, ICHEC, Belgique
  • 6 février – 17 mars 2023, Costanza Panti, Luiss University, Italy
  • 2 Mai- 30 juin 2023 Abdellah Saoualih, University Paul Valéry-Montpellier, Morocco and France
  • 6 November -20 December 2023, Lakshmi Priya Baskaran, , KU Leuven University, Belgique.

Mapping the cultural and creative industries in the Brussels Region

We have mapped the creative and cultural industries in the Brussels Region. If you are a cultural and creative player in the region and you can't locate your activity on the map, please let us know. We'd love to hear from you !


Phone : +32 2 739 37 10

Email : c-ship@ichec