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Siân Prime

ICCE, Goldsmiths
Siân is Deputy Director for Goldsmiths’ Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE). She is Convenor of the MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, wrote the MA in Social Entrepreneurship and has developed SYNAPSE, a service that is available to all students (and staff) at Goldsmiths, and develops the entrepreneurial thinking and potential. For students (undergraduate through to research students) ensuring they can apply their developed skills and thinking to entrepreneurial action, and create a map for their future. Through SYNAPSE she has developed an approach to developing creative and social innovation that is now embedded across the majority of departments at Goldsmiths, having developed an approach that is shared with others to deliver. ICCE has been in existence for 6 years and she was the founder member of the Institute, and the first person to deliver and develop entrepreneurial thinking and teaching at Goldsmiths. She also teaches on MA Design and Innovation courses. She has been Co-Investigator in to new digital business models and online audience development approaches, and has just accepted a contract from Routledge to write a book on Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Project Management. Siân worked with the original Creative Pioneer Team at Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and was responsible for the content and delivery of The Academy – Nesta’s residential enterprise development programme for highly talented creative graduates to move their creative thinking to founding an innovative business. The majority of participants on this programme developed social enterprises. Through running this programme she understood the difficulties that recent graduates experienced in developing their creative and critical thinking in to entrepreneurial action. She developed the approach to mentoring and business advice used by Nesa for this programme and worked closely with the Investment team to review this. Over 80% of the businesses started through the programme are running over 10 years after the programme was established, and 10% of the participants have received significant investment as a consequence of the advice given on the programme. She also co-ran the £15million seed fund for Nesta to support innovation in business models. She developed the material for Insight Out and Starter for Six which now is delivered without her by Regional and National Development Agencies and supports the creation of new creative and social enterprises. Siân developed the material with the rest of the Creative Pioneer team for Nesta’s Creative Business toolkit and trained a number of trainers who continue to develop and deliver the work under a Creative Commons licence, for clients including the British Council. She has worked with a range of cultural, creative and social enterprises to find new financial models to ensure strong impact and value creation. Siân has developed skills as a trainer, facilitator, coach and consultant. Siân has worked for Natverkstan and Globalverkstan in Goteborg, IIMB in Bangalore, ITB Indonesia, the GoDown, Nairobi and East Africa region and nationally for the Arts Council England and for the Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland. The methodology developed by her at the Cultural Enterprise Office to support new creative business models has been acknowledged at robust, innovative and one that makes strong impact. She’s also worked within a number of sub-regions to deliver business advice, training and coaching for social innovation start-ups, creative individuals and organisations, including members of the UK’s Combined Arts Venue Network (including Tyneside Cinema, Watershed and 6 other combined arts/media venues; Metropolis, Beirut and the National Review of Live Art). She has also worked to develop programmes for biotechnology students and graduates. She has developed and implemented approaches to business advice for creative and social enterprises in Scotland. She has developed appropriate strategies for value creation, to support the development of entrepreneurial activity. She has developed to nationwide programmes and gained finance of over £10 million. She and Adrian have just developed a new programme for the British Council Creative Skills Unit, developed business and financial modelling skills for leaders of cultural organisations. This project gained £25,000 funding for the pilot and has been trialled in Warsaw and Athens, delivered to leaders of key HE institutions and museums and galleries as well as festivals in Poland and Greece. She has over 20 years experience in working with start-up and mid-stage creatives and social, cultural and creative organisations She has developed new programmes and research in to new models of leadership in a socially networked era, and new paradigms of leadership in social enterprises, creative and cultural industries. Her work has informed creative industries policy in Scotland and the UK. At UK Government level she has worked as an Expert Advisor to Innovation Exchange & the Innovation Unit. She is an Advisor to the British Council’s Creative Economy Unit. She is currently supporting the Comic Relief Tech for Good programme through input in to the support programme for awardees and direct mentoring and consultancy for one start-up technology company and one growth social enterprise on the programme. A significant percentage of the start-up enterprises who have followed the programmes she has developed have gained investment finance.