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Could YOU be one of Jack Wills' Young Brits 2014?

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British brand Jack Wills has announced the launch of its inaugural Young Brits programme for 2014 – and YOU could be in with a chance of winning in one of four categories.

Jack Wills’ Young Brits programme, which launched 14th March, is a national search for eight rising stars who are doing the extraordinary, seeking to provide a voice for exemplary individuals who have excelled in the areas of Creativity, Enterprise, Innovation or Endurance.  The winners will receive an exciting opportunity to showcase their talent to a broad audience, receive professional mentoring and win incredible prizes along the way.

‘Fabulously British’ Jack Wills was born in 1999 in Salcombe. Spurred on by the naivety of youth, two ‘Young Brits’, started with a small idea which, 15 years later, has grown into a successful global business. Discovering and promoting young talent is a key part of the label’s DNA, with seasonal campaigns featuring rising stars, from gold Paralympics medallist Josef Craig to acclaimed bakers the Meringue Girls. As such, the Young Brits programme is a natural addition to the brand’s ethos and ongoing commitment.

16-25 year olds are invited to enter the Young Brits, by providing details about how they have achieved within their specific category via the online application.  The final entrants will be judged by the following panel of industry leaders who are passionate about developing future leaders of Creativity, Enterprise, Innovation and Endurance:

Creativity (music, drama, dance, visual arts, writing) – in partnership with i

- Oliver Duff (editor of i)

- Louise Shannon (Curator Digital Arts, V&A)

Enterprise (entrepreneurs, business, charity)

- Peter Williams and Rob Shaw (co-founders of Jack Wills)

- Heather Rabbatts CBE, (Managing Director of Smuggler Entertainment, Chair of Trustees of Malaria No More, Director of the Football Association, named as one of Britain’s 100 most powerful women)

Innovation (science, technology, medicine, fashion)

- Olivia Solon (Deputy Director of Wired UK)

- Mark Champkins (Inventor in Residence at London Science Museum)

Endurance (travel, sport) – in partnership with STA Travel

- Paul Clammer (travel writer and guidebook author, contributor to over 24 Lonely Planet Guides)

- John Constable (Global CEO of STA Travel)

Entrants are invited to apply from 16th March to 15th May 2014, after which a public vote will take place from 16th May to 15th June to narrow the competition down to 40 semi-finalists. The final stage will take place from 15th June to 4th July, with each finalist taking part in a web-based interview with a judge from their category.

The winners will be announced in early September, with each of the eight champions (two per category) being rewarded with £5,000 cash, professional mentoring from the judges, a feature in a Jack Wills campaign and a selection of Jack Wills products.  Bespoke category prizes will also be provided by i, STA Travel and School for Creative Startups.

For more information on Jack Wills Young Brits 2014 or to enter the competition, visit the website or follow the activity via Twitter and #jwyoungbrits.

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