South Africa IYDEY Award 2009

The British Council is now accepting applications for the South African International Young Design Entrepreneur (IYDE) award for the third time.

These IYDE champions celebrate 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.

This year the top three applicants will be selected by a panel of professional South Africans active in the creative industry.

From this group of three finalists, the South African public will then vote online for one person, who will be the winner of IYDY 2009.

The South Africa winner will then join nine other finalists who will visit the UK - London, Glasgow and Belfast, in September 2009 to undertake a common programme where they will take part in valuable networking both with key UK design sector partners and amongst their IYDE peers.

Application procedure:

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.


•You are a South African national.

•You are between 25 and 35 years old.

•You are already working in the following design sectors:

-Architecture, interiors and environment

-Product design manufacture: furniture, industrial products and craft

-Design promotion: exhibitions, events, festivals and retail

-Consultants providing specialist services in any of the areas outlined.

•You are entrepreneurial and have shown your ability in the promotion of South African design, in either a commercial or public context, or both.

•You can demonstrate through your character, drive and abilities your potential to be a future leader of this sector in your country.

•Your English is at a level of IELTS 6.0 or higher.

Deadline: 12 June

For more information and application, visit: South Africa IYDEY Award 2009 Website

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