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CIFLI (or “chiefly”) is a first-of-its-kind initiative that combines business skills and leadership training with project generation.
CIFLI runs for 6 months and consists of 22 workshops with 70+ topics, practical activities, guest presenters and project development.


70+ topics from 11 areas of business.


Develop your leadership skills.


Set up financially sustainable creative industries projects.

CIFLI is now taking applications for 2022. Watch our 14 min info session for an overview of what to expect in the course
Stef Dellzeit shares her experience as a CIFLI 2021 Pioneer
Registrations for CIFLI 2022 are currently open. Download an application form and submit by Sunday 10 April 2022 to be considered for a place in this year's incubator.
To bring financial sustainability into the creative industries by helping future leaders establish and run high-performing businesses and projects.
CIFLI is all about delivering results for participants. These are the outcomes you can expect by joining the program:

SHORT TERM: Learn leadership and business skills

MID TERM (optional) : Alumni program: train future leaders of the industry

ASPIRATIONAL : Be part of a team to establish financially sustainable creative industry projects / businesses
Phase 1: FOUNDATIONS (4 weeks)
Learning the key leadership and business skills needed to succeed

Phase 2: IDEATION (5 weeks)

Creating and exploring project and business ideas

Phase 3: THE BUSINESS CASE (6 weeks)

Developing project and business ideas to demonstrate that they have strong potential to be financially sustainable

Phase 4: SHARK TANK (2 weeks)

Pitching your projects to a panel of business experts

Phase 5: PROJECT WORK (5 weeks)

Building your creative industry projects or businesses with support and guidance from the facilitators.
CIFLI covers 70 topics which fall within the following areas of business and leadership:

Markets | Systems | Leadership | Business skills | Digital business  Marketing | Money | Output optimisation | Perspectives | Professionalism | Communications + relationships