Wednesday, June 11, 2008

International Young Design Entrepreneur

The British Council presents the International Young Design Entrepreneur (IYDE) award for the fourth time. IYDE champions and celebrates the importance of creative entrepreneurs working in the field of design. It is awarded in partnership with 100% Design (, London’s international trade fair for furniture and interiors.

The IYDE awards are unique in rewarding entrepreneurial ability. We recognise that a finalist may be active as a designer, however his/her work as an artist should be secondary to their focus as an entrepreneur in the promotion of the design industry in their country. Artistic talent will not be factored into the judging procedure – finalists will be judged solely on the merit of their entrepreneurial abilities in the industry.

Application is open to all South African nationals.

Applicants should: - Be aged between 25 and 35
- Already be working in the design sector (see sector list below)
- 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 demonstrate their potential to be a future leader of the sector in their country
- Have English language skills to IELTS 6 - ‘competent user’ or above

Download information and the application form which will be available on 11 June 2008 at:

This award programme is open to all qualified candidates throughout South Africa.

Please email your application to Andrea Ogle at: or Tel: 011 718 4318 by 30 June 2008.

Mark the subject line of the email ‘‘ 2008 IYDEY application material”.

If you would like to attach your CV or copy/photo of your work, you are welcome to do so.

Design sector definition - Participants will be drawn from any of the following sectors:
· Architecture, interiors and environment
· Graphic design: communication, publishing, branding and multimedia
· Product design manufacture: furniture, industrial products and craft
· Interactive and digital media
· Design promotion: exhibitions, events, festivals and retail

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