2nd Annual "Future of Design" Business Incubator Contest for Jewelry Designers

by Robyn Hawk on December 29, 2012

 
ANNOUNCING: The Second Annual
Future of Design Business Incubator Contest for Jewelry Designers
 
Produced by
Jeweler’s Resource Bureau & StrategyWerx
 
 
 
Are you the worlds next sensation? A talented jewelry design'preneur
that is going to take our industry by storm?

This is the only competition evaluating both
your designs and business plan
 and offers you the opportunity to win a HUGE industry-wide prize package 
 
 

 
THE COMPETITION:

Described as a game changer, the Future of Design Business competition seeks to discover, promote and catapult the next great jewelry designer into the market.
 
Applications begin NOW and the winner will be selected during a “Shark Tank”-like live presentation at MJSA Expo New York in NYC on March 12, 2013. 

Submissions include our business plan-like application, marketing materials and visuals of your jewelry line. The application includes an in-depth questionnaire that teaches you about strategy and marketing planning along the way -- and gives you plenty of time to compose your answers.
 
The deadline is January 21st -- and you will need several days to complete your application, say last year's finalists.
 
Applicants will be judged on their business concept, market feasibility, saleability and aesthetic impact. The winner will be the "total package" destined for greatness.

This is an unprecedented competition with a vast level of industry participation, unique judging process and a dream prize package.

 
 
Do you have what it takes?
 
Read more and learn about the application process at:www.FutureofDesignContest.com
 
 
 

 
 
Prizes:  
 
Every entrant gets feedback and advice from the judges

     Six semi-finalists win:
  • a mentoring date (by phone if in-person isn't possible) with one of our Dream Team designers
  • a feature on NationalJeweler.com

     Three finalists also win:
  • trip to NYC to participate in the finale

The winner also receives:
  •  sales training, consulting on strategy, financials and technology by StrategyWerx
  •  a booth in globalDESIGN showcase for execptional jewelers in Feb. in Philly
  •  a suite of marketing products from Jeweler's Resource and free membership to JRB's Inner Circle
  •  a booth in the Designer Showcase at the JA NY Show in July
  •  an ad campaign in INDESIGN magazine
  •  photography and ad campaign creation by RSP Media
  • Inclusion in a Jewelry Information Center media tour
  • JVC's Patriot Act Compliance Kit and legal compliance coaching
  •  mentorship by all the judges
  •  promotion and publicity throughout the process
  •  more prizes to be added as new sponsors are secured!
 
 
DATES:
  • Application process opens NOW
  • Application deadline is midnight PST January 21st
  • You can work on your online application in a stop-and-start fashion till Dec. 1
  • Winner selected March 12, 2013
 
 
DETAILS:
 
    • It's a business contest, not just a design contest
    • The application process walks you through critical business strategies
    • Every applicant gets a professional critique of/advice on his/her business plans
    • Winner gets hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods and services
    • Six semi-finalists get prizes and mentoring with a Dream Team member
    • Three finalists are flown to New York for final judging
    • Live finale, “Shark Tank”-style, at MJSA Expo New York in NYC on March 12, 2013
    • All are welcome to attend by registering for an MJSA EXPO show badge
    • Unique judging process:
    • Business plan submitted as well as designs 
    • In-depth business questionnaire akin to a marketing plan 
    • Judges interview six semi-finalists live via conference video 
    • Three finalists make live pitch in front of judges & audience in NYC 
    • Vast level of industry participation, probably unprecedented
     
    JUDGES:
     
    Many of these 2012 Mentoring Dream Team members will reprise their roll: 
    •  Gurhan
    •  Erica Courtney
    •  Todd Reed
    •  Lisa Jenks
    •  Robert Lee Morris
    •  Penny Preville
     
     
    Sponsors:  

    •    Jeweler's Resource Bureau
    •    StrategyWerx
    •    Fusion Jewelry
    •    MJSA
    •    JA NY Show
    •    National Jeweler
    •    INDESIGN magazine
    •    RSP Media 
    •    Jewelry Information Center
    •   Jeweler's Vigilance Committee
                                         ...... and more coming!
     
     

     
    See website for eligibility and to sign-up for future information from
    The Future of Design
     
     
     

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