Young Creative Entrepreneur Programme ©

Mat Wright

Identifying the creative and cultural leaders of the future

Through the Young Creative Entrepreneur Programme the British Council works with partners to identify the creative and cultural leaders of the future and connect them with each other, sparking off big ideas, new business models and game changing collaborations.  Young Creative Entrepreneur alumni are game changers and major influencers.

An equal focus on 'creativity' and 'entrepreneurship' is key to the award.  While there are a number of other programmes that celebrate entrepreneurship, Young Creative Entrepreneur is unique in that it focuses on rewarding people who are finding new audiences and sustainable business models for creative enterprises including fashion, film, music and publishing.

Since 2004, the awards have been run in 50 countries, including Zimbabwe.  Nearly 450 entrepreneurs have travelled globally as a result of the programme.

The Young Creative Entrepreneur Programme enjoys a strong international alumni network which meets regularly at networking events held throughout the world.

2014 awards

Zimbabwe gave two awards this year, in the Live Music and Culture award categories.

The winner for the Live Music award is Ngonidzaishe Mapani and winner for the Culture award is Shamiso Ruzvidzo. The two recently attended Remix, a global summit exploring the intersections between culture, technology and entrepreneurship. They also got an opportunity to meet with industry leaders in the UK.

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