Article written by Fiona Stephens
and provided to Apparel Search.
Leading Zimbabwean ecological and ethnic-fashion designer Novell
Zwangendaba of the famed BlackScissors Ethno Design label, has been
shortlisted for the Global Young Social Entrepreneurs Competition which
runs in all regions of the globe.
The shortlist comprises of selected young people up to 30 years who have
set up innovative enterprises that aim to make a revenue as well as
positive social impact and that use Information and Communication
Technologies (ICT) and Knowledge as part of their business model.Given
the tremendous world interest, GKP had to extend the deadline of the
Competition to accomodate more contestants from across the world.
Zwangendaba, an award-winning artist in the UN-sponsored Artists Against
Poverty Campaign (AAPAC) has been shortlisted for his Ethno-Eco Fashion
Design Project, whose objectives are to advance skills and knowledge of
the ecological and ethnic fashion designing through the innovative use
of ICTs. In 2005 his project also qualified for financing at the
Zimbabwe Culture Fund but Zwangendaba refused to accept the grant
"because they did insist on funding some different objects which did not
correspond with our project."
This year's Global Young Social Entrepreneurs Competition winner will
be announced on October the 20th, and will be invited to attend the
award presentation ceremony which coincides with theYoung Social
Entrepreneurs Forum @ GK3, to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention
Centre, Malaysia, 11-13 December 2007.
The event will also run two sessions where ten young social
entrepreneurs will pitch their enterprises to experts to secure
funding. They will also meet various funding organisations such as
development aid agencies, commercial banks, CSR investors and venture
capitalists; mentors; experts and other stakeholders
The Young Social Entrepreneurs Forum is part of the 3rd Global
Knowledge Conference (GK3), a GKP Event on the Future on Emerging
People, Emerging Markets, Emerging Technologies that will bring 2000
participants to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Forum and GK3 are organised by Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP),
the world's leading multi-stakeholder network promoting innovation and
advancement in Knowledge for Development and Information and
Communication Technologies for Development.
GKP runs the Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI), a programme
dedicated to young social entrepreneurs that offers support in the four
key areas of knowledge, networking, mentorship and financing.