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DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD (article first published : 2006-06-2)

Closing date June 9 for applications for a South African finalist in the 2006 International Young Design (IYDEYA).

Applications are invited from young creative South African design entrepreneurs for the 2006 International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year Award (IYDEYA) competition in the UK.

This unique award champions and celebrates the importance of creative entrepreneurs. It sets out to identify and nurture future leaders in the following areas of South African design.

This includes: Architecture, interiors and environment; Graphic design: communication, publishing, branding and multimedia; Product design manufacture: furniture, industrial products and craft; Interactive and digital media, and Design promotion: exhibitions, events, festivals and retail.

Application is open to all South African nationals. Applicants should be aged between 25 and 35 and already be working in the design sector (as defined above). They must be entrepreneurial and have shown their ability in the promotion of South African design, in either a commercial or public context, or both. Through their character, drive and abilities they should demonstrate their potential to be a future leader of the sector in their country. They must also have English language skills to IELTS 6 - 'competent user' or above.

The British Council will finance and organise a ten-day visit to the UK from September 10 to 24, 2006. The tour will include visits to London and Glasgow, the Design Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Lighthouse, the Glasgow School of Art, etc.; meetings with leading designer Sir Terence Conran; seminars and a chance to participate at the '100% Design' show in London.

In the UK, the South African winner will compete against other finalists from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Oman, Slovenia, and Thailand to win a 7,500 financial grant that will further develop their entrepreneurial capacity and professional engagement in the global market.

Interested applicants may obtain copies of the application form together with briefing information on this award by either requesting copies from email: information@britishcouncil.org.za or ring the Customer Services team on 0860 01 22 33.




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