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2017 was pivotal to us as we begin our journey as the Creative Business Network – a content-centric, storytelling platform with the goal of telling the stories of creative startups from around the world.

Nov 30, 2017

I must admit, every year at the conclusion of CBC Finals, I get a little misty and sentimental and, frankly, borderline sappy when the event is over. Actually, it (the sappiness) always begins when participating startups from over 50 countries stand on the stage and proudly hold their respective flags. Gets me every time.

This year was no different.  I wiped not one, not two, but three tears off of my cheek as I watched this talented group of startups take the stage, flags flying, smiles lighting up the room. To call it inspiring is an understatement — it is a truly magnificent nod to creatives and startups and, yes, the human spirit. We have started a movement – and you are all a part of it and for that, we are grateful.

2017 was pivotal to us as we begin our journey as the Creative Business Network – we are becoming a content-centric, storytelling platform with the goal of telling the stories of creative startups from around the world.  Why? Because we believe in this philosophy: Let the impossible become possible. Your stories are our stories. We will celebrate all of these stories annually. Just like we do now.

Our mission is to bring attention to the entrepreneurs and creatives who aim to change the way we all do business -- and impact change. We do this with a focus on the creative industries because it represents a major economic movement. What are the creative industries? We define it as those who create something where nothing existed before. It is both a cultural and an economic movement. It involves VCs, founders, dreamers, poets, coders and anyone who embraces impact.

Going forward we will focus on people. We will celebrate creativity in every sector and we will be as brave as you because, for us, on the other side of fear you will find success. No fear.

We here at CBC send out our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s extraordinary finalists and winners – and, really, everyone brave enough to pitch our tough jury. It takes courage and confidence to stand on a stage and share your dreams, ideas and put it all out there to a group of strangers. Cheers to you all. It is because of you that we succeed and it is because of you that we will continue this movement. You are our inspiration.

-- Rasmus