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Designer Bursary Now Open

15-Oct-2015 4:05 PM | Kimberley White

The 2016 Confessions of a Design Geek Bursary is now open for applications. For the fourth consecutive year, Confessions of a Design Geek is partnering with Home London to offer one new designer the opportunity of a lifetime, worth over £10,000.

The winner will benefit from:

  • A complimentary stand at Home London 17 – 19 January 2016
  • A product showcase at the Barbican Centre
  • A one-week pop-up shop at West Elm
  • A one-day studio shoot with Yeshen Venema resulting in product, lifestyle and cut-out photography
  • Quarterly mentoring for one year with established artist and designer and founder of HAM, Jo Ham
  • One hour face-to-face or Skype mentoring sessions with: October Communications‘ Daniel Nelson re e-commerce, Decorum’s Justyna Sowa re social media, The Design Trust‘s Patricia van den Akker re business coaching, Seen PR’s David Gorrod re PR,  and the Barbican’s Adam Thow re working with buyers.
  • One year’s free membership of The Design Trust Business Club
  • Six months’ free membership of Press Loft, plus a 20% discount thereafter
  • A pre-show mentoring workshop with Daniel, David, Patricia, Keith, Mark, Adam and Jo hosted at West Elm, alongside shortlisted designers.
  • £100 to spend on moo.com on business cards, leaflets or whatever you need to make the most of Home London
  • Coverage on Home London website, confessions of a design geek and West Elm’s ‘Front + Main‘ blog


If this incredible package appeals to you, and you:

  • are within your first three years of business
  • have not have had a stand of your own at a Clarion show before
  • are available 15 – 19th January 2016

plus your products are:

  • design-led interiors or kitchenware products
  • designed and made in the United Kingdom
  • commercially viable and ready to wholesale


Then see here for details on how to apply. Applications close on Sunday 1st November. Good luck!

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