The South by Southwest Apprentice


This project finished on Friday the 30th of September, 2016

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Bursary to support the professional aspirations of a young person to attend the world's largest interactive conference, SXSW in Austin Texas.

What is SXSW?

The biggest, most exciting interactive conference in the world with over 150,000 delegates who descend on the town of Austin in Texas for five days.  It’s a smorgasbord of all things digital, with fantastic talks from speakers in the past such as Steve Case (AOL), Pete Cashmore (Mashable), Al Gore, Twitter, Google, Apple, Microsoft and so many more - even POTUS Barack Obama attended SXSW in 2016!

In 2016, Bristol Media, a Community Interest Company (CIC) and the city's largest creative community, led a 20-strong delegation to the festival, and we are doing the same in 2017 with another group of 22 of the region’s leading creative and digital media businesses attending.

Supporting emerging talent in the South West

One of Bristol Media’s aims is to grow the creative sector in the south west by supporting the extraordinary emerging talent coming from our schools, colleges and universities.  By working with these and other organisations across the region, we can support the professional aspirations of young people regardless of their background, to become the digital entrepreneurs or successful film makers of our future.

What’s the plan?

Bristol Media are working in partnership with Babbasa, a Bristol based youth social enterprise to ​hunt for the SXSW Apprentice who will receive a fully funded bursary to cover the costs of experiencing SXSW 2017 in Austin, Texas.  Babbasa is set up to support aspiring ​young people ​from disadvantaged communities to pursue their professional aspirations. Find out more about ​them ​here.​

What the apprentice gets

The winner will be mentored over a period of five months by Bristol Media Board Director and Strategist, Coach and Mentor Chris Thurling and a Creative Director from the region who will accompany us to SXSW.  The duo of the apprentice and CD would be expected to produce ‘live’ content during SXSW and a larger piece of curated content which would form the centerpiece of a dedicated post-SXSW event in late March 2017.

This is a fantastic opportunity of a life time for a talented young person, passionate about digital media to:

  • Experience all that SXSW has to offer
  • Listen to and learn from so many inspiring people talking about the future of our industry
  • Be mentored by two experienced creative and business people over a period of five months
  • Be part of and learn from others in the Bristol Media delegation

The winner of the bursary will be announced at this year's closing Social Media Week party with a live link to Austin in Texas.

What do we need?

We want to raise £6,000 which will provide the fully paid bursary for the apprentice, and cover the costs of the campaign, with the remainder going towards the travel expenses for the Creative Director who will be the Mentor. 

Get these great rewards

By supporting this campaign you're not only helping our SXSW Apprentice, buy you also can get your hands on some of these great rewards:

  • Shout out on @Bristol_media
  • SXSW Tote Bag
  • 10th Anniversary Show Book
  • SXSW T-shirt
  • SXSW Scrapbook
  • Banner Advertising on Bristol Media
  • Tickets to Social Media Week
  • Vision tickets
  • Free or discounted membership of Bristol Media

Please support us by sharing this campaign on your social media channels and do give as generously as you can - show that the communities of Bristol and Bath are truly committed to supporting the professional aspirations of young people in the region, regardless of their background. 

Pledge now!  Thank you so much!


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This project ended on 30 September 2016

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£10 – Thank you, you're the greatest!

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Thank you shout out on @Bristol_media Twitter with almost 30,000 followers. That's a big shout out, telling people right across the world just how great you are!

£15 – SXSW Tote Bag

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Keep all your festival swag in one of these exclusive tote bags and and be proud to tell people where you got it from!

£20 – 10th Anniversary Show Book

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A copy of our beautiful 10th Anniversary Show book which celebrates the incredible achievements of our region's creative industries. This book is full of beautiful design work and imagery by creative agencies and freelancers and is one you'll keep on your book case or coffee table as a great source of inspiration.

£25 – SXSW T-shirt

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Only 4 of these available, each of a different design, so you're not going to see many in Bristol! Wear this exclusive SXSW t-shirt and be proud to tell people how you got hold of it!

£35 – SXSW Scrapbook

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Read about the history of SXSW from its founders in this scrapbook celebrating 25 years of the festival. Packed with stats, stories, anecdotes and photos from some of the world's best known musicians plus an interesting journey through the development of the SXSW brand.

£75 – Banner Advertising on Bristol Media

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Banner advertising can be an effective way to raise the profile of your brand or agency. Each banner rotates across all pages of the site giving an average of 135,000 page views. The banner can link to an external site. A contribution of £75 gives you one month of complimentary advertising.

£100 – Tickets to Social Media Week

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Bristol is the only city outside London to have the licence to run Social Media Week from 14-18 November 2016. With over 30 events across the five days from keynotes, thought leadership, skill up sessions, lunches and a party, there is plenty to choose from. Rewards are for the value of £100 worth of events which are available on a first come first served basis.

£225 – Vision tickets

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Receive a complimentary ticket to our next Vision conference which takes place in November 2017 in Bristol. Previous speakers have included Margaret Heffernan, Jason Romeyko, Mark Borkowski, Rita Clifton, Blair Enns and Wayne Hemingway. Join 300 of the city's creative business leaders for a day of inspiring talks on the future of our sector.

£500 – Free or discounted membership of Bristol Media

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Free membership of Bristol Media if your turnover is less than £1m and £500 discount off your membership of Bristol Media if your turnover is over £1m. Join the UK's largest most conected creative community. Visit to find out more about how your company could benefit from being a member.

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