Are you a creative entrepreneur who wants to win a trip to the UK to make networks, attend master classes and attend the Remix Summit (UK), exploring the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship?
In February the British Council Connect ZA launched the Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards with the first two, Digital Publishing and Live Music. They are excited to announce the next award for creative entrepreneurs working in the cultural sector with the inclusion of content in art, theatre, music, food, festivals, film, literature, fashion, design and experiences.
They are looking for people who are running business at the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship. The people who have a mission to reach new audiences for culture by using innovative business models and media platforms. Are you building experiences around film, dance or traditional theatre? Are you using digital platforms to connect artists and creatives and make culture accessible? Are your customers part of a shared creative experience?
Winners will participate in a shared tour of the UK’s creative and cultural enterprise sector, including attendance at the Remix summit in London. The programme allows the winners to gain unique access to and insights into the UK creative and culture start up environment, as well as providing a fantastic opportunity to make a wide range of business contacts that will act as a springboard for future business/collaborations between the UK and internationally.
The programme will include:
Attendance at Remix Summit (UK), exploring the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship.
The chance to speak at the Remix summit to an audience of culture professionals and creative entrepreneurs
Curated group meetings to give an overview of what’s happening in the UK media industry
Peer networking with the international participants and UK broadcast professionals entrepreneurs
Access to and masterclasses with UK industry figures
Time for individual business meetings
Opportunities to network and make business contacts
YCE Culture participants will:
Be running a young business which engages audiences/ customers with cultural content. Cultural content can include art, theatre, music, food, festivals,film, literature, fashion, design and experiences.
Be displaying entrepreneurial thinking and innovation within a cultural institution as an “intrapreneur”
Be between the ages of 20 – 35 year
Own or be the driving force in a young business in the cultural/ creative sector with at least 2 years’ experience and no more than 7 years in business.
Be entrepreneurial and have shown their ability in the promotion of that creative sector in their country, in either a commercial context, public context, or both
Through their character, drive and abilities, demonstrate their potential to be a future leader of the sector in their country and a future partner for the UK
Have English language skills to IELTS 6 – ‘competent user’ or above
N/B the entire UK tour will be conducted in English so a high competency in the language is essential
The award selection will be made by the British Council and in consultation with sector experts.
What is required from the winner?
Be available to take part in 5 days’ industry tour in the UK in July 2014
Send all agreed marketing information (biog, photo etc.) during application process so that the British Council can promote the winner and in the UK when the winner is announced
Actively participate in all arranged meetings and events during the programme, in particular:
Give a presentation (5 min) about their work
Be willing to participate in any events/receptions/panel discussions, as appropriate, alongside other UK/international industry speakers (topics would be dependent on programming by partner events and the experience/relevance of YCE participants)
Be open minded and actively looking for future collaboration and business with UK companies, organisations and individuals that they meet
Record their trip to the UK for use by British Council in country/UK e.g. blog, film, participate in media interviews before, during and after the trip, participate in evaluation etc
Take part in events when they return to share their UK experience with a wider YCE network at home
Be part of the BC’s international YCE network, which has around 3,000 members, and be keen to contribute ideas and feedback, participate in events, and develop projects.
Apply for the Award via: www.research.net/s/YCECultureCZA
Applications close, 2 May 2014
Winner announced, 20 May 2014.
Tour dates, 13 – 19 July 2014