Winners take it all

Emerging entrepreneurs

Two Bangalore boys have become the national winners of British Council’s ‘Young Creative Entrepreneur 2012 Awards’. 

The awards were announced recently in Kolkata. The ‘Design for Social Impact’ award was won by Sandeep Sangaru and ‘Digital for Creative Industries’ was won by Pawan Kumar. 

The ‘Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards’ celebrate and connect an international network of emerging entrepreneurs who demonstrate leadership across the creative sectors. 

The winners for this year’s awards are both young entrepreneurs based in Bangalore.

Sandeep Sangaru has been actively involved with the craft sector working with local people and material to create global products. One such project called the ‘Truss-Me’ bamboo range of furniture won him the ‘Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best 2009’. 

At the ‘Design for Asia Award 2011’, ‘Truss-Me’ won the ‘Grand Award’ and the ‘Gold Award’. 

Actor and director Pawan Kumar’s new movie Lucia is the first film in Kannada to be completely crowd funded. Audience from all corners of the globe chipped in small chunks of funds and now the film is half way into production. 

He is now attempting to develop a set-up which will help other film-makers in finding their producers. 

His new online venture, which helps film-makers distribute films to audience across the globe, is www.hometalkies.com.

The judges for the ‘Digital for Creative Industries Award’ were Dr Naresh Gupta, senior vice-president, print and publishing business unit and managing director, Adobe India; B V Jagadeesh, technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist; Ananda Sen, musician and applications expert.

The judges for the ‘Design for Social Impact Award’ were Satish Gokhale, sounder, Design Directions; Anita Ahuja, founder, Conserve India and Bappaditya Biswas, founder, Bailou.

The winners from each sector will go on a study tour of their respective industry to the UK. They get to interact with industry leaders in the UK and play an important role in increasing collaborative opportunities between the UK and India. 

They also get to attend a relevant trade event that helps broaden their horizon along with winners from other countries.

For information on the shortlisted candidates in each category, visit www.britishcouncil.org/india-arts-design.htm and www.britishcouncil.org/­ india-arts-yie-award.htm.

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