Project Name

SPECTRA – Stimulating Performance of Ecosystems in Creative Territories and Regional Actors

Project Partners

Western Development Commission (project coordinator), CREW, Atlantic Technical University (associate partner), Galway Culture Company (associate partner). The international partners include BIC Innobridge (Bulgaria), Media Deals (Germany) and the Creative Business Network (Denmark).

Role of Galway Culture Company

Associate partner

Strategic Aim

This project falls under our first strategic aim;
Facilitating EU and International Relationships and Funding.

Project Description

SPECTRA will help the West of Ireland create a more responsive, resilient ecosystem, capable of growing and developing coordinated responses to the many challenges creative industries are facing. It will focus on collaboration resulting in enhanced, inter-connected, diverse, gender-responsive, competitive and sustainable ecosystems.

Additionally, SPECTRA will include activities directed at the creative innovation businesses and stakeholders that will encourage development of joint strategies and amplify collaboration. They will benefit extensively from the advanced business support models developed to fast-track start-ups, produce scale-ups, and avail of best practice and new systems, structures and tools. They will also benefit from data-driven and carbon-reducing challenge-based innovation methods, case studies, role models, cross-sectoral and intra-territorial learning – creating an excess of 300 new linkages.

Projects outcomes-what we expect from this project

This project will contribute to the regional leadership of the WDC in the development of the creative economy, further supporting numerous initiatives with regional, national and international partners, including creative industries investment. In addition to supporting the WDC strategic commitment to the creative economy, it is also underpinning the strategic objective in the West Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024 which is to ‘strengthen and harness the cultural and creative sector to attract new investment, commercialization and collaborative opportunities.’

The project will harness and multiply the power of individual ecosystem initiatives to create a collaboration driven innovation network – resulting in enhanced, more inter-connected, diverse, gender-responsive, competitive, and sustainable ecosystems.

How is this project funded

This project is funded through the European Commission via Horizon Europe.


This project has a 2-year duration (from December 2022 to November 2024.)