Samir Ceric is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder & CEO of Debut Contemporary, the UK’s first art incubator and leading professional development platform for artists, assisting them to turn their creative practice into a viable business and a successful long term art career.
In November 2013, Samir won an HCLUB.100 award as one of top 10 innovators, visionaries and pioneers in the art and design industries in the UK. He was up against heavyweights from TATE, V&A, Fine Art Society and numerous Turner Prize winners.
Samir gave a TED talk at the Royal Geographic Society in April 2013 as the only expert in the art market, on the theme of innovation in art and business, as well as art in technology and education.
He gives regular lectures and talks on innovative business models in the art industry at the London Business School, European Business School, Regent’s College, Central St Martin’s, the Lecture Club, University of the Arts London, Shoreditch House and Soho House. He also runs his creative business surgery sessions for creative entrepreneurs at the Electric House in Notting Hill as well as at the Hospital Club. The British Council run an international programme for Young Creative Entrepreneurs (YCE), and Samir was invited to chair two sessions for their young entrepreneurs in London.
Ceric’s latest enterprise was recently selected by Impact Hub London as one of the top 2 innovators in the cultural sector. This has led to regular visits to Milan, discussions and innovation exchanges with the Milanese cultural sector and is likely to culminate in Debut opening a Milan office by end of 2014.
Samir was recently labeled ‘The Art New Angel’ by Quintessentially Magazine and also featured in an article published by FAD magazine on leading companies that are changing the very fabric of the art world. He is deemed as an innovator and pioneer in his respective industry and will be launching his new book on creative entrepreneurship and innovative business models in the art industry in 2015/16.
He recently won an award with London Fusion that has enabled his latest venture to appoint Goldsmiths’ PhD computer science department to research the ways in which art and technology can engage further and create an engaging online platform not only for the sale of art but for wider engagement.
Ceric also co-founded an award winning business in the fashion world, Wolf & Badger, with his wife Zoe Knight and the Graham brothers. Wolf & Badger won a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow Award within 3 months of its launch and became successful globally, leading to the launch of the Mayfair store on Dover Street, a retail space at the Savoy Hotel and an international store in Monte Negro