Creative Challenge is an annual personal and professional development and awards programme, helping students to combine their concerns for society and the environment with their entrepreneurial ambitions. This year our Creative Challenge finalists, UCA and ESADHaR students, worked together to explore the tensions between enterprise and liberation and the opportunities that lie within them. The Creative Challenge exhibition was a result of that philosophical journey. Find out more about this years Creative Challenge Award Celebrationhere.
Watch the film from the Creative Challenge 2014/15 Residential Workshop in France
The Creative Challenge brings together industry, academia and students. Unlike other personal and professional development programmes, the Creative Challenge is not only a valuable tool to help students skill up, network, learn from industry specialists and benefit from fantastic awards, it also provides students with a greater social and environmental awareness and understanding. By truly seeking to inspire you, it aims not only to help underpin your understanding, but to get you into a position in terms of thinking, skills, networks and values, that helps you to help yourself as well as others.
How do you become part of the Creative Challenge?
It all starts with a series of workshops.
The Creative Challenge hosts a series of free, fun and inspiring workshops delivered by industry specialists with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The workshops are specifically aimed to help students discover what they are good at, to help them nurture and maximise their skills whilst considering the Creative Challenge’s values and approach to social and environmental entrepreneurship and creative practice. During the workshops you are encouraged to think about your creative practice, how you can turn what you love doing into an idea that incorporates the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ philosophy (people, planet, prosperity) and develop it into a valuable business concept.
But that is just the beginning
How far you go with the Creative Challenge is up to you. The workshops may inspire you to take the next exciting step and enter your idea to the Creative Challenge award. This is the part of the programme that can open many doors for you. For inspiration and to see examples of previous entries watch the Creative Challenge films here.
Entering the award
All ideas submitted to the Creative Challenge award are assessed by academics and industry specialists. It is an excellent way to showcase your work to professionals, meet industry experts and make new contacts. Up to 50 shortlisted students from UCA and 20 from ESDAHaR are offered the opportunity to attend exciting all-expenses paid residential programme in France to further explore and develop their idea, ready for the next stage of the Creative Challenge award. Students resubmit their finely tuned idea, improved from the knowledge learnt during the residential weekend. The Top 25 ideas are selected to participate in the award events in London, including high profile exhibition, workshops, networking and pitching to industry specialists. The best 10 concepts are shortlisted and announced at the final award ceremony.
Creative Challenge award ceremonyAll participants are invited to attend a high profile award ceremony at an amazing venue in London. The Top 25 concepts are exhibited during the event. The ceremony is attended by a host of academics, industry professionals, high profile guests and speakers.