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Registration is now open for The Creative Finance Symposium that we will be hosting on the 8th and 9th of March 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Upper Hill, Nairobi!

The symposium sessions will review government expenditure in the sector and explore the changing role of development financing as well as the increased interest by the private sector. We’re also excited to share about how creative startups should prepare for investment, and discuss exciting changes in the content, fashion and cultural experience value chains! The sessions will be spread over two days each having interactive panel sessions with our HEVA community and local and international thought leaders in the finance and creative industries to discuss and explore real opportunities of growth in the creative and financial sector. All sessions shall be followed by a moderated Q and A session with the physical and social media audiences. Some of the sessions shall also be televised.

We will be hosting the following sessions:

DAY 01:  Wednesday 8th March 2017

11:00AM: SESSION ONE
How is the government spending on the creative sector?

This session will review government expenditure in the arts and creative industries over the last four years. It shall also explore cultural policy development (national and county), cultural data collection, taxation, policy coordination and strategic opportunities to encourage fruitful and inclusive growth.

2:00PM: SESSION TWO
After grants: what next?
This session will convene key leaders in development finance innovation, philanthropy and non-grant development finance to explore the transition from a predominantly donor-supported creative sector under the “aid to trade” framework. It will expand the analysis for new partnership models, and consider the establishment of a sustainable domestic philanthropic environment. 

Register for the Day 01 sessions here!

DAY 02: Thursday 9th March 2017

11:00AM: SESSION ONE
Private capital and corporate partnerships
The Kenyan finance industry is mobilizing more and more private capital investment. This session will look at successful strategies and partnership models for investor readiness and effective corporate partnerships for the creative sector.

1:30PM: SESSION TWO
The following sessions will have three breakaway discussions happening simultaneously.

1.  On-demand content distribution: Opportunity for film & music, or just a passing cloud?
With digital transition and the entry of numerous pay TV, film and music streaming platforms, there is an emerging argument that the future of content distribution (film, music etc) is on-demand. This session will explore whether this argument is true within the Kenyan (East African) market.

 2. Future-proofing Kenya creative business: Is there a winning strategy?
The demand for unique and memorable consumer experiences is growing, and the creative business is responding to this.  The session shall engage key business leaders who have established successful experience products.

3. East African fashion business prospects: What next after mtumba (used clothes)?
This session will survey the impact of a gradual ban on used clothes importation and the resulting opportunities in the fashion business in Kenya, prospects for cross-border partnerships, and the ethical considerations in sustainable fashion manufacturing.

3:00PM: SESSION THREE
Path to investment: A conversation on preparing for financing
The 2016 Deloitte Africa Private Equity Confidence Survey confirmed an increase in the number of private equity funds targeting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya and the region. A panel who have built creative businesses that have become comfortable with commercial finance will explore how to ready creative entrepreneurs for corporate investment. 

 Register for the Day 02 sessions here! Kindly email us at forum@hevafund.com or call us at 020 4400 870 with any questions you might have! We look forward to hosting you soon!

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