The winner of the British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur – Culture Award 2014 – was announced at an event held at Anti-Establishment in Johannesburg on Monday night. The British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme celebrates, supports and connects the most exciting entrepreneurs who are innovating the creative and cultural industries around the world. The YCE Award forms part of Connect ZA, a British Council arts programme that aims to build cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and South Africa. The programme includes opportunities for showcasing, collaboration, innovation and professional development with a number of events and projects throughout 2013-2015.
The Young Creative Entrepreneur – Culture Award – winner announced at last night’s event is Unathi Kondile, the publisher of a monthly national Xhosa newspaper called iSigidimi. Speaking at the event, Tom Porter, British Council’s Head of Arts for South Africa said, “Unathi is an inspiring entrepreneur. iSigidimi demonstrates an innovative business model, a social purpose and a clear understanding of the market it wants to reach. His trip to REMIX Summit in London will give him exposure to a great deal of new ways of thinking and working. But he also has a great story to tell and experience to share and will be an asset to the expanding YCE network”.
Entries were judged by the British Council’s Tom Birtwistle (South African Deputy Country Director), Phiona Okumu (Journalist), Levinia Jones (British Council Creative Economy Project Manager) together with industry professionals including Karabo Legoabe (Arts & Culture Trust) Lonwabo Mavuso (Marketing and Operations Manager at BASA). Five finalists were chosen after a three-phase evaluation and interview process.
The five finalists for the Young Creative Entrepreneur – Culture Award were: Andrew Simelane – blacknationmag.com by Global Content Creators, Unathi Kondile – www.isigidimi.co.za, Jessica Denyschen – The Ar(t)chive, Nokulunga Mateta-Phiri – Creative Nestlings, and Milisuthando Bongela – missmillib.co.za and The Group.
Two 2014 winners already announced – Uno de Waal from Between 10 & 5 who won the YCE Digital Publishing Award, and Dominique Soma from Weheartbeat who won the YCE Live Music Award – both have returned from their prized trips to the UK where they were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in a week long industry-related tour of workshops and creative exchanges.
Unathi’s prize for winning the award includes participation at REMIX Summit, a curated tour of Cultural events and organisations, meetings with industry professionals alongside the other global YCE Culture Award winners.
The final Young Creative Entrepreneur Award to be presented in 2014 is the Fashion & Design Award. The call for applications opens today, 3 June 2014 and closes on 30 June 2014.