Project dates

2 November 2018 – 30 June 2022
Grant: £114,657

Project Partner: Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST)

Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme
A five-year initiative to support international university and institutional partnerships to develop enterprise skills and creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine through UK support.

The programme has been developed in response to an underdeveloped creative sector and a demand for entrepreneurship training in the programme countries, supporting wealth and job creation.

Creative Spark Partnership Fund

Creative Spark Partnership Fund is developed for building partnerships between universities and creative institutions in the UK and those in programme countries in order to support enterprise education and establish enterprise centres/hubs. The grant is designed to enhance existing partnerships or foster new ones between UK Higher Education Institutions, related national bodies in the creative sector and the equivalent institutions in the participating countries.

Partnerships aim to support the following areas:

  • Skills development for students and young creative entrepreneurs
  • Supporting new business activation and incubation
  • Knowledge exchange

Meetings and workshops

Project contacts at Aston University
Geoff Parkes and Selena Teeling