OUR CREATIVE FUTURE
The Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme seeks to celebrate, support and connect emerging innovative and entrepreneurial leaders in the creative and cultural industries around the world.
We find the best global talent…
The focus on entrepreneurship and innovation is a unique part of the award. We look for the people shaping our creative future - testing new models and ideas and having a positive economic and social impact in their local and global communities. We identify emerging leaders in creative businesses, who are able to make international connections and to use these to benefit others.
Find out more about who we are looking for here
…give them the opportunity of a lifetime…
The prize for winning the award is a trip to the UK for a unique programme of meetings with UK industry experts, international peer networking, practical business skills workshops and attendance at key UK industry events. The trip provides the winners an amazing insight and access into the UK creative industries and wide range of contacts.
One of the main aims of the programme is to act as a springboard to build future business and form lasting collaborations in the UK and globally. Success stories from YCE have ranged from the first publication of Roald Dahl in Arabic, the founding of the Slovac Fashion Council, the successful start-up of a UK model social enterprise youth magazine in South Africa, a UK-Indian co-production of the first large scale independent music festival in India, and the initiation of numerous other joint ventures and cultural collaborations.
…and access to a network of invaluable connections
The Young Creative Entrepreneur award provides a fantastic opportunity to make cultural and business contacts and to network with a diverse group of international entrepreneurs. Since 2004, we have had over 320 participants from 53 countries across the world come to the UK, and these are just part of an active international network of over 3,000 members (participants, applicants and wider contacts). The network meet frequently at BC and partner run networking events, workshops and seminars and at international industry events, to share market information, new ideas and business opportunities.
In 2012 the YCE programme ran in 25 countries around the world in the Fashion and Design, and Media sectors. You can view the countries that took part here. The trip to the UK took place -
- Fashion and Design Award – September 2012 (around London Design Festival and London Fashion Week)
- Media Award – October 2012 (around London Film Festival and Power to the Pixel)
All participating countries run their YCE award selection procedure and local networking activities according to different timeframes so please see the info/contacts on our country pages and/or the local British Council website to check. Alternatively, please contact CCE@britishcouncil.org for more information.