The British Council has awarded public service and communication design consultancy Think Public founding director Deborah Szebeko the inaugural UK Young Design Entrepreneur Award.
Indian designer Siddhartha Das, director of Siddhartha and Spaced Out Productions, takes the International Young Design Entrepreneur Award, worth £7500, which will help fund a collaborative project with the council.
Szebeko, who was presented with her award by Studio Conran managing director Sebastian Conran, has been invited to take part in a tour of India’s design industry in January 2009.
She will be joined by the UK competition’s two runners-up, Pinch founder Russell Pinch and Hulger director Michael-George Hemus. They will be introduced to key Indian design figures and visit the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad.