International Jewellery London (IJL) Kickstart 2018 mentor programme is now open for applications, with room for six participants.
Emerging UK up-and-coming jewellery designers with their sights set on success are invited to battle it out for one of just six places in this year's KickStart initiative, taking place at Olympia London from 2nd - 4th September, 2018.
The chosen designers will have access to the many career-boosting benefits, including a mentoring package, branding and marketing support, introductions to key industry figures, and the opportunity to win a free stand at IJL 2019 in the special 'Industry's Choice' award. In addition to receiving extra support, each UK-based winner will be awarded a bursary funded directly by the Benevolent Society.
IJL Event Manager, Sarah Kitley-Spencer, says, “If you've worked hard to establish your brand, now's the time to start your IJL journey. KickStart nurtures ambition, determination and talent, giving upand- coming designers the chance to get their collections seen. Now in its ninth year, KickStart is one-of-a-kind, with an unrivalled package of support, as well as the opportunity to exhibit at IJL 2018. We balance practical advice with design inspiration, so that you can become a better jewellery entrepreneur in today's digital world.”
The IJL Journey begins with the final year student and graduatefocused Bright Young Gems initiative. Alumni of this scheme and emerging designer brands can then apply for KickStart: a programme dedicated to new brands looking to make waves in the trade.
Following these schemes, more established designer brands can apply to become an IJL Design Gallery Exhibitor.
Visit www.jewellerylondon.com/ kickstart to apply online. The deadline is 10th April 10, 2018.
Posted: 28 March 2018