C-Ship Project


Are you an artist, cultural manager, artistic institution or organization?

Are you looking for a way out of the crisis?

Do you have an idea to develop?

Do you want to grow your business or make it more resilient?

C-SHIP (Cultural Entrepreneurship) is an intensive training program designed by ICHEC in response to the current crisis and launched under the framework of the United Nations International Year for the Creative Economy and Sustainable Development.

The Covid-19 health crisis has indeed devastated the artistic and cultural sectors and modified cultural consumption behavior. The economic recovery and the resumption of activities are expected to be slow and difficult.

However, any exit from the crisis is a phase of transition and an opportunity to start afresh on new bases and towards new objectives. Actors in the creative and cultural industries can also innovate in terms of product, organization and artistic process to improve their resilience through new modes of funding and partnership, accessibility and diversity.

The cultural entrepreneur is not just a manager. S/he has a vision in terms of creation and societal impacts. This program will allow her/him to think out of the box to create and bring her/his dreams to life.


The objective of the C-SHIP project 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 and resilient business, while maximizing its societal contribution and its positive impacts. The project 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.

The cultural entrepreneurship project will be approached through three interdependent pillars:

  • The Flourishing & Positive Impact Organization 
  • The Agile and exponential organization;
  • The Human and Cooperative Organization.


In terms of training and capacity building profiles, training will be open to professionals from the cultural and creative industries in the broad sense. Aware of the different needs and specificities of each cultural and creative sector, the project aims to meet the needs in a multidisciplinary perspective based on the cross-fertilization between different sectors.

ICHEC aspires to provide both professional training and coaching services to three categories of target groups:

  • Individuals, self-employed, freelance;
  • Small and medium-sized cultural and creative industries (i.e. digital tourism startups);
  • Large cultural and creative industries (i.e. Fab Labs and cultural institutions working in synergy with scientific innovations).

More specifically, the training is intended to:

  • Individual professionals ready to take on assignments related to the content of the course and to start an entrepreneurial journey, or who already have an individual project and are facing challenges;
  • Public and private institutions wishing to:
    • Strengthen the skills of their own employees in order to increase their ability to coach and support partners and beneficiaries and initiate or launch new projects;
    • Empower the professionals in their network and give them the opportunity to transform their ideas into concrete projects.

In terms of consultancy and coaching, the target groups are public, private, IGOs ​​and NGOs depending on the needs (build or review a business model, a governance model, or a financial model).

Each participant comes with an idea (seize an opportunity), specific challenges, a concrete project in mind, or the desire to innovate, reinvent themselves, revamp an offer or a segmentation.

Advisory Board

  • dr. Elena Borin, Associate Professor, Director MSc in Arts and Cultural Management, Coordinator Research Team in Arts and Cultural Management, Burgundy School of Business, France
  • dr. Gillian Foster, Institute of Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria 
  • dr. Ugo Guarnacci, Visiting Fellow, School of Politics, Economics and International Relations, University of Reading, UK
  • Marcus Haraldsson, Coordinator Global Grand Central, Sweden
  • Frédéric Meseeuw, Institutional Advisor, Palais de Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles BOZAR, Belgium
  • Prof. dr. Andy Pratt, Professor of Cultural Economy, Director, Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City University London, UK
  • dr. Hanna Szemző, Managing director, Metropolitan Research Institute,Hungary 
  • Prof. dr. Koen Van Balen, full professor Faculty of Engineering Science, Head of Heritage at KU Leuven, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), Belgium

C-SHIP Timeline 2020-2023

  • March 1st, 2021: Launch of the call for the Summer School
  • September 6th -September 10th, 2021: Summer school: Post-COVID resilience of cultural industries. From diagnostic to action plan 
  • February-June 2022: First training session
  • September 2022: H2020 Hackathon project BeCultour
  • February-June 2023: Second training session



Summer School: Post-COVID resilience of cultural industries. From diagnostic to action plan


  • From September 6th to 10th, 2021, from 09:00 to 17:00.
  • In French, by ICHEC professors, guest speakers and practitioners.
  • Hybrid teaching, combining face-to-face and distance sessions, combining individual activities and collaborative group work.
  • Encompassing both ad hoc strategies based on the needs of the sector and multidisciplinary cross-fertilization, with testimonial presentations, original lectures and innovative examples.
  • Each participant comes with an idea (seize an opportunity), challenges or a project in mind.
  • The Summer School will build on these projects. Those who do not have a specific project will join a group aimed at advancing a project.
  • The teams will be structured so as to allow individual and collective work. Individuals will have the opportunity to work on their own projects and get feedback from others, including guest facilitators / experts.
  • Maximum of 30 participants.

The summer school is based on 4 types of sequences: 

  1. Introduction: Collective sessions where we introduce tools; 
  2. Inspiration: Testimonials, inspirational talks and examples; 
  3. Make: Individual work on the project; 
  4. Cross-Fertilize: Sub-group sessions for feedforward and mutual enrichments

Please apply by filling out this form*

Participants will be selected based on the ideas / challenges expressed in the attached form. The selection committee composed of the team and members of C-SHIP’s advisory board will also take into consideration the multidisciplinary dimension and the representation of cultural and creative industries.

*Application deadline: May 31st 2021

Individuals (self-employed, free lancers)400€
Small and medium cultural & creative industries (both public and private)700€
Big cultural & creative industries (both public and private)1000€

Participants will obtain a certificate of attendance from ICHEC Brussels Management School 

We are planning a 100% face-to-face Summer School. However, given the current uncertainties regarding the course of the pandemic, we have an operational Plan B which provides for an online summer school.

In the event of force majeure, our seasoned practitioners in distance learning processes and workshops will make sure to provide a vibrant and engaging digital experience.


The team


Philippe Drouillon. Principal instructor of C-SHIP, scientific collaborator ICHEC Brussels Management School, founder and consultant Metamorphosis, catalyst of positive impact territories and organizations.

Prof. dr. Christian Ost. President of the Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (RLICC) KU Leuven, and Honorary Rector of ICHEC Brussels Management School.

dr. Ruba Saleh. Researcher and lecturer, ICHEC Brussels Management School.



Phone : +32 2 739 37 10

Email : ruba.saleh@ichec.be