10th Anniversary of the YCE International Programme

In 2014 the British Council celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Young Creative Entrepreneurs Award (YCE) Programme. The international programme has been running in Russia for several years, and the YCE 2014 programme has been scaled up significantly as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

The YCE Awards are aimed at creative professionals and entrepreneurs who innovate creative and cultural industries locally and strive to reach international markets.

A number of well-known professionals have won the YCE Award since it was launched in Russia: Ekaterina Bazilevskaya (Commercial Director of the LookAtMe online media), Maria Bergelson (SundayUp Market founder), Alexander Gavrilov (Programme Director of the Book Institute), and Nadezhda Kotova (head of CoolConnections Art Group).

The anniversary YCE Programme covers 5 creative sectors. Please click on the links below for further information and details about how to apply.

  • Digital Publishing (applications for 2014 now closed)
  • Live music (applications for 2014 now closed)
  • Culture (applications for 2014 now closed)
  • Broadcast
  • Fashion and Design 

For more details please contact the programme manager Lidia Khesed.


Country winners will participate in a shared tour of a creative sector in the UK, meet the major companies and leaders of an industry, and visit key places. They will also have an opportunity to present their projects in the framework of key UK cultural events: the London Book Fair, the Great Escape Festival, the Remix Summit, the Edinburgh International TV Festival, and London Fashion Week.

To apply, please fill in an online application form (links are available on the relevant web-pages of each award). You are allowed to apply for more than one award.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • own or be the driving force behind a young business in the digital publishing sector with at least two years’ experience, but no more than seven years in business
  • be entrepreneurial and have shown their capability 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 UK
  • have English language skills to IELTS 6 — ‘competent user’ or above.

Please note, while there is no upper age limit for the awards, this is an award for emerging entrepreneurs who are running young businesses. The award selection will be made by the British Council in consultation with sector experts.