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Deadline for applications – 6 July 2014

What the YCE award is looking for?

We’re looking for people running great fashion and design businesses, who know that the ability to manage production and get product to market is just as important as fantastic design skills.  We are looking for people who are using interesting materials, resources and business models to develop amazing products or to get other people’s products to the marketplace; people who are engaging with cultural and social issues and people who understand the power of collaboration.  This is not an opportunity for designers – we are looking for people who are running fashion and design led business.

Programme for the winner

The winner will participate in a shared tour of the UK’s fashion and design sector. The programme allows the winners to gain unique access to and insights into the UK industry, 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 tour will run from 13 – 20 September 2014 while London plays host to London Fashion week and London Design week.

What does the programme include?

  • Curated group meetings to give an overview of what’s happening in the UK fashion and design industry
  • Peer networking with the international participants and UK young fashion and design entrepreneurs
  • Access to and master classes with UK industry figures
  • Time for individual business meetings
  • Opportunities to network and make business contacts

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • Own or be the driving force behind a young business in the fashion OR design 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
  • There is no upper age limit for the awards.
  • The award selection will be made by the British Council and in consultation with sector experts.
  • Be a Ugandan national

What is required from the winner?

  • Be available to take part in all programmed activity on an industry tour in the UK from 13 - 20 September  2014
  • Send all agreed marketing information (biography, 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 5 minute presentation 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 and participate in evaluations.
  • Take part in events when they return to share their UK experience with a wider YCE network at home
  • Be part of the British Councils international 3000 member YCE network and be keen to contribute ideas and feedback, participate in events, and develop projects.

What we will provide

  • Return economy flights
  • Visa - we will cover the cost of the visa if required, please note however that you must provide the requisite supporting information to allow the visa to be issued.
  • Accommodation for duration of tour
  • Subsistence at our standard British Council UK rates
  • All transport within UK during tour
  • Full tour itinerary organised and looked after by British Council staff throughout
  • Please note that the trip to the UK is for winners only. Business partners/spouses etc will not be able to attend the programme.

What you need to provide

  • Passport – you must have a valid passport, with an expiry date of at least 6 months after the tour   
    If this is not the case you will have to bear the cost of a new passport.
  • Insurance – you must ensure that you have comprehensive health and travel insurance for the duration of the tour. We will ask you to provide evidence of this at least one month before departure.
  • Fee – no fee will be given to participants during the tour, so you must ensure that your
    salary/income is sufficient to manage your UK expenses during your absence.

Programme timeline

Deadline for applications 6 July 2014

How to apply

To apply complete the online application form


 To find out more about the Young Creative Entrepreneur Programme click here