The Realise Award 2021

Presented by EVCOM for young event organisers and aspiring event organisers

In collaboration with Events 101

What is the Realise Award?

The Award will recognise emerging and/ or aspiring event professionals between the ages of 18 – 25 years old. We recognise that the events industry can be hard to break into for young people, especially those from a diverse background. We hope this competition can serve as a way in, a chance to get demonstrable experience and access to the expertise of current event professionals.

Engagement of the next generation of event organisers is an essential part of EVCOM’s work towards a more diverse and inclusive sector. It is important that we understand and hear the voices of the next generation, so that EVCOM can be an association that supports young people in their future careers.

Application is via an application form, for the chance to win mentorship opportunities with top event agencies in the UK.

Can I apply?

The award is open to anyone who is 18 – 25 years old, whether a professional in the industry, a student or an aspiring events professional. If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

How do I apply?

Please fill in the below application form by 10th September. In the form, we’ll ask you a couple of questions about yourself and your relationship to events. We want to hear about your dream events, find out about events you’ve been to, and hear about what the future of events looks like to you. You’ll be able to upload a CV within the form too, although this is not compulsory.

We encourage applications from all underrepresented minorities, and we are especially looking to hear the voices of Black event organisers, and event organisers of colour.

Apply here.

What are we looking for?

  • Creativity and imagination
  • A flair for organisation and logistics
  • An understanding of what makes a successful event
  • A fresh perspective on what the events industry could be
  • Passion for the industry

What do I get if I win?

You’ll receive invaluable mentorship opportunities with top event agencies including opportunities to build relationships, ask questions and shadow at events, across the course of a year. Shortlisted applicants will also receive access to a mentorship session each.

For our inaugural year, we are delighted to be welcoming mentors from Pure Comms Group, Broadsword Events Group, FIRST Agency and BCD Meetings & Events. We couldn’t do this without you!

Hear from our mentors:

Helen McCabe, MD at BCD M&E, says, “The new EVCOM Realise Award has come at a pertinent time for BCD M&E as the development and mentoring of the next generation of event professionals is something that is definitely high on our agenda going forward,” said Helen McCabe, MD of BCD M&E in the UK. “By offering mentoring opportunities within our M&E division, we will be able to give the winning mentee the widest possible exposure to so many different facets of the event industry. From our full-service creative experience team, The Collective, to specific service offering such as concept creation, creative design, film, production and event logistics, they will get to learn from an incredible wealth of experience and talent at BCD. We are very excited to be a part of EVCOM’s initiative to identify and raise new talent that will reinvigorate our sector, especially after the challenges of the past 18 months.”

Anna Green, Managing Director at Broadsword Event House, says, “I’ve had a lot of guidance and coaching throughout my career, which has been invaluable for the success of my business and for my own professional development. Being with people who empower you to be your authentic self is so important. Caring for Broadsword’s people is my mission and bringing out the best in each and every person is rooted in our success, creating a healthy, open and caring environment where a diverse group can thrive. I would love the opportunity to extend the support I offer further afield.”

Charlotte Gentry, Founder and CEO at Pure Communications Group, continues, “I have always had a mentor and as an entrepreneur and business owner with no partners, it has been essential for me to have someone I respect by my side sense checking my decisions. I have since spent time mentoring others and hope to bring confidence, knowledge and empowerment to my team.”

Jon Reid, Managing Director, FIRST finishes, “I’m very excited to be supporting The Realise Award and honoured to help mentor and the next generation of talent.”

Find out more about mentors here: https://www.evcom.org.uk/news/the-realise-award-introducing-our-mentors

Key Dates

30th July 2021: Open for entry

27th September 2021: Entry deadline

Judging will take place

28th October 2021: Shortlist Announced

25th November 2021: EVCOM London Live and Film Awards Ceremony where the winner will be announced

Mentorship opportunities will begin in January 2022.

What do I do if I have questions about the process?

Get in touch with Amelia via amelia.brown@evcom.org.uk who will be happy to answer any questions you have!

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