Skip to content

Design & Crafts Council Ireland calls for Irish businesses to take part in this year’s Irish business design challenge

Posted 13.05.2024
Press Releases

Monday, 13th May, 2024: Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) launches this year’s Irish Business Design Challenge (IBDC) calling on micro, small and medium sized businesses to apply and showcase their commitment to sustainability through innovative design, and circular and ethical practices. Now in its fourth year, IBDC celebrates businesses that add value, repurpose products, develop eco-friendly processes, enhance efficiency, and tackle societal and environmental challenges through sustainable design. This year’s challenge has a prize fund of over €50,000 and businesses can apply via https://www.dcci.ie/ibdc

 

DCCI is calling on businesses who have identifited pressing challenges or opportunities and have devised sustainable solutions, or utilisied eco-friendly design strategies to breathe new life into products or services, or revolutionised their business models to benefit both the environment and society, to enter this year’s IBDC.

 

Róisín Pierce, fashion designer is a member of this year’s jury. The IBDC judges are looking for businesses who are creating products or services that are born from sustainable developments encompassing environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social equity, with sustainable design at its core.

 

Commenting on the Irish Business Design Challenge, Mr. Peter Burke TD, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, said: “DCCI’s Irish Business Design Challenge showcases the important role that design plays in our economy and society. Businesses with creative and design led solutions at their heart are the key to making Irish business more sustainable to help reduce any negative impact on the environment. I would encourage all creative talent to apply and help champion design and design thinking across Ireland.”

 

Adding to this, Rosemary Steen, CEO of Design & Crafts Council Ireland commented: This is the fourth year of the Irish Business Design Challenge. It has been hugely inspiring to meet with the businesses that have emerged through this programme and to create a national platform for their endeavours. They are led by people of vision, creativity and commitment who are pioneering the principles of sustainability and circularity that are essential to the progress and growth of Ireland. We are encouraging any medium, small and micro businesses to apply for the awards to help add more value to your business and to be recognised for the hard work you are already doing in the sustainable space.

 

Head of Design at Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Tom Watts, said: “There are many principles of sustainable design that Irish business is practicing from enhancing environmental quality to minimising energy consumption, enhancing indoor and outdoor environments to reducing waste generation and prioritising environmentally preferable materials. With IBDC we want to shine a light and support these businesses in their practices and showcase them as examples to other Irish businesses on the best ways to maximise sustainable design and design thinking.”

 

Businesses can enter this year’s IBDC (https://www.dcci.ie/ibdc). Business entries to the IBDC are judged across three categories, with a winner chosen in each category: micro, small and medium. Winners will each receive €15,000 and runners up will receive an award of €2,000 each. This programme provides expert guidance to companies who wish to further their sustainable and circular design principles as part of their business model.

 

Previous winners of the IBDC Challenge include West Country Willows, The Factory and Farrell Furniture.

 

For further information on the Irish Business Design Challenge, visit https://www.dcci.ie/ibdc

 

ENDS

For further press information please contact Elevate PR on 01 662 5652 or email [email protected]

 

Note to the Editors:

 

Irish Business Design Challenge

Irish Business Design Challenge is calls on all eligible businesses to showcase their commitment to sustainability through innovative design, circular and ethical practices.

 

What We’re Looking For:

We’re seeking innovators who have:

  • Identified pressing challenges or opportunities and devised sustainable solutions.
  • Utilised eco-friendly design strategies to breathe new life into products or services.
  • Revolutionised their business models to benefit both the environment and society.

 

Businesses can enter if they can show that they have:

  • Transformed products or services sustainably, breathing new life into old concepts.
  • Pioneered new processes or forged impactful partnerships.
  • Discovered novel ways of operating that prioritise sustainability.
  • Crafted innovative solutions that make a meaningful difference.

 

Examples of Sustainable Design Strategies:

  • Designing for minimal waste.
  • Prioritising durability in design.
  • Utilising safe, renewable, and recycled materials.
  • Championing ethical production practices.
  • Reducing chemical impacts through design.
  • Implementing energy and water-efficient designs.
  • Drawing inspiration from nature’s designs.
  • Dematerialising products and developing sustainable systems and services.

 

Winning Criteria:

The Irish Business Design Challenge celebrates businesses that add value, repurpose products, develop eco-friendly processes, enhance efficiency, and tackle societal and environmental challenges through sustainable design.

 

About Design & Crafts Council Ireland

Design & Crafts Council Ireland is the national agency for craft and design in Ireland, we support designers and makers to develop their businesses in a sustainable way, and advocate for the societal benefits of craft and design. DCCI’s activities are funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment via Enterprise Ireland. DCCI currently has 64 member organisations and over 3,500 registered clients.

 

For more information visit: www.dcci.ie or follow @dccireland.