Multiplier lab

Multiplier Lab seeks to strengthen intermediaries (creative/cultural hubs and sector support organisations) in West Africa, enhance their capacity to engage, connect and collaborate with their peers in other parts of West Africa and the UK. Through the project, participating organisations will learn to better position their organisations for opportunities such as potential collaborations and partnerships as well as also create connections both in West Africa and the UK, with the aim to scale their organisations and better support their communities.

The programme will support organisations to increase their knowledge, capacity and confidence in:

  • their approach to organisation planning and development
  • understanding the value in their assets and intellectual property
  • influencing, building and managing partnerships
  • co-designing and co-delivering of new programmes/enterprise initiatives

The Programme will comprise of two main components as follows:

Component 1: Multiplier Lab

 A 5-day capacity building programme for 25 intermediaries selected from across our West Africa cluster countries. The programme will be tailored to the needs of the local sector and include opportunities for visits and networking with local intermediaries in Lagos. 

Component 2: Business Exchange UK Tour

  • Webinar: This will be a 1-2 hours knowledge and experience sharing platform for UK and West African intermediaries to ignite discussions and thoughts about exploring opportunities for collaborations prior to the UK tour.
  • Tour: A 5-day Business Exchange UK Tour for 10 West African intermediaries from the training programme. This will provide an opportunity to meet, engage and explore partnership/collaboration opportunities with UK creative intermediaries.


  • The applicant must be an owner/lead/manager of a creative/cultural hub or sector support organisation located in any of the following four countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Senegal
  • Creative/Cultural hub or sector support organisations must have evidence of provision of programmes for audiences/communities of young creatives within the ages of 18-35
  • The applicant’s organisation must be registered and has been operating for 2 - 5 years
  • Be available to participate in a workshop holding from 20 - 24 April 2020


Stage 1

Completion of the application

Stage 2: (if you are shortlisted for an interview you will be required to provide the following)

  • Organisation's certificate of incorporation and profile
  • Evidence of your organisation's programme offer
  • Letter of introduction from your organisation

* Hubs in this context will mean any community that ‘dynamically brings together a range of diverse talents, disciplines and skills to intensify innovation’. These hubs will be of many different types; they may be makerspaces, incubators, labs, accelerators hackerspaces or studios; essentially any temporary or permanent space where technologists, creative and social entrepreneurs can build communities that share infrastructure, ideas and innovate to grow businesses and build their workforce. A hub could be a physical or virtual place that brings enterprising people together who work in the creative and cultural industries.

**Creative Sector Support Organisations in this context will mean organisations which are not hubs but support the development of the creative industry ecosystem as part or all of their function. This could be training institutes, funding organisations, etc.

***Creative sectors being considered –Fashion, Film and TV, Music, Theatre and Dance, Visual Arts and Photography, Literature, Architecture, Design (product, graphic, interior etc), Creative hubs, Digital Media and gaming.