TEH Nordic Hub Startup Programme 2021

TEH Nordic Hub calls for emerging civic initiatives with a focus on arts, culture…
Published on April 14, 2021


TEH Nordic Hub calls for emerging civic initiatives with a focus on arts, culture and creativity that are located in repurposed buildings in Baltic countries to participate in the TEH Nordic Hub Startup Programme 2021!

TEH Nordic Hub is a sub-network of Trans Europe Halles – European network of grassroots cultural centres with 131 members in 38 countries. The TEH Nordic Hub brings together self-organised culture centres in the Nordic and Baltic region located in spaces of industrial and cultural heritage. Its aim is  to increase cooperation and collaboration between centres, as well as share knowledge and learn from each other, considering specific needs arising from geographic location. 

This April TEH Nordic Hub launches the  Startup Programme 2021 to provide free strategic consultancy and training for selected emerging non-governmental cultural centres. In the programme of 2021, three centres from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will be selected to support  building resilience strategy in line with creative sustainable development. 

WHO can apply?

TEH Nordic Hub invites to apply start-ups as civic initiatives that are situated in repurposed (industrial) buildings with a focus on creativity, arts and culture. The centre still should be in a preliminary phase, but already self-sufficient (either economically or due to people’s dedication), though not yet sustainable.

You can apply for this programme if

  •       You are located in Latvia, Estonia or Lithuania;
  •       You are not a TEH Member or Associate yet;
  •       You are legally established as an organisation;
  •       You are repurposing a building for creative, cultural and artistic purposes;
  •       You have a legal agreement – or you are in negotiation – with the owner of the building about its future use;
  •       Your organisation has been operating inside the building for less than two years, or you are planning to work in it in 2021. 

WHAT the STARTUP programme 2021 offers

The programme is investing in bringing emerging cultural and creative spaces to their next level of development through: 

  •       Situation analysis and organisational analysis;
  •       Expert consultations and coaching from TEH and TEH Nordic Hub peers, including a tailor-made workshop (online or   at your centre depending on the situation);
  •       Development of tailor-made guidelines & recommendations for business strategy of your centre using Do-It- Yourself/Do-It-Together (DIY/DIT) approach; 
  •       Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing involving other emerging spaces in our network;
  •       Access to a vibrant community of like-minded organisations in Nordic and Baltic regions;
  •       Study visits (depending on the situation considering Covid-19);
  •       Participation and opportunity to present your centre at TEH Conference in Ebeltoft on 3-5 June. 

How can you apply? 

If you wish to apply on behalf of your organisation, submit your application before April 30 at 23:59 CEST.

HOW does the selection process work?

  1.     You submit the application;
  2.     After the call is closed, the programme’s selection committee evaluates all applications and gives the feedback; 
  3.     Selection committee evaluates the applications and announce 3 selected start-ups for participation in TEH Nordic Hub STARTUP programme 2021, selection will be done until May 7.;
  4.     A representative of the committee and coaches contact selected start-ups and agrees on the further steps.  

WHAT do you commit to if you are selected?

If your centre is one of the three lucky ones selected for this programme, you commit to: 

  •   Actively participate in the programme; 
  •   Present your work to TEH and TEH Nordic Hub members during TEH Conference “Cultural Impact Now!” in Ebeltoft (Denmark), on 3-6 June 2021 (the format can be adjusted considering the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions);
  •   Deliver a short written report about the process, including visual documentation. 

Who will guide you through the process?

Raine Heikkinen

Raine works for Kaapelitehdas, Suvilahti and N10, the leading creative and cultural centres in Finland. He has been involved with creative space administration for more than 20 years, starting from event management towards service design of the future of creativity. Today he is responsible for leadership of organisational development processes and company strategy. He is leading the design process of customer experience and marketing administration. Raine is deeply involved with international networking, cultural policy making and advocacy through several European key networks of creativity, including Trans Europe Halles (member of Executive committee) and European creative hubs network.

Nina Knoblauch-Larsen

Nina Reneé Knoblauch-Larsen is a project leader at Maltfabrikken in Ebeltoft, Denmark. Educated in creative project management from the Kaospilots in Aarhus Denmark, Master of International Business from EAE business school in Madrid and former entrepreneur with an urban farming webshop-based company. Now working with business strategies, co-working spaces and business development in general. She is excited to help other projects grow and support them in their development of a financial sustainable business plan.

Jose Rodriguez

José is a professional with almost two decades of combined experience in international project management, marketing communications, and innovation. Since 2014, he has been  working for Trans Europe Halles—European network of grass-roots cultural centres— where has served as network manager, EU project manager and communications director. In the past, he worked for La Salle Innovation Park Madrid, the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the Embassy of Spain in the Czech Republic, Instituto Cervantes in Rome and Triple Helix International Association. Moreover, he co-founded and coordinated the Spanish network of independent cultural spaces—Red Transibérica. In his spare time, he doubles as a freelance strategy and communications consultant.


If you have questions or need help with your application, contact Burak Sayin at burak@teh.net

The TEH Nordic Hub STARTUP programme 2021 is a part of the “TEH Nordic Hub” project co-funded by the Nordic Culture Point of the Nordic Council of Ministers