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Young Creative Academy

An intensive course designed to give young professionals the tools to reach their full potential.

This five-day intensive programme is a unique combination of classroom-based learning and practical coaching designed to do just that – all against the backdrop of Cannes Lions.

What is it?

Gifted young creatives are the brains behind some of the industry’s freshest, most forward-thinking ideas. So their skills need to be honed, their talent brought to the surface and they need to be confident and empowered in their role. This five-day intensive programme is a unique combination of classroom-based learning and practical coaching designed to do just that – all against the backdrop of Cannes Lions. They’ll leave with newfound confidence in their talent; feeling inspired to be more creatively brave and armed with the tools to reach their full potential.
  • Young Creative Academy cost How much? €1,995 (+TVA). Full-week delegate pass to Cannes Lions including Innovation, Entertainment plus Awards Shows, Young Lions Party and Closing Gala.
  • Young Creative Academy dates When? 18–23 June 2017

How does it work

The next generation of creative stars hear from industry-leading speakers straight from the Cannes Lions stage who share their knowledge on everything from improving their storytelling skills to fighting for their ideas. They have behind-the-scenes access to the judging process, giving them insight into what makes Lion-winning work stand out. They speed up their thinking with creative exercises, gain confidence in improv sessions and learn from the best of the best with media management training from a top journalist. 

Young Creative Academy

Who is it for?

With only 35 places available, space is limited and delegates must be aged 30 years or under, working in creative roles in an agency or within the creative agency. Those with a few years’ experience under their belts and wondering what’s next will thrive at the Young Creative Academy.

Previously, people with the following job roles have taken part in the course: 
Copywriters, art directors, creatives, designers, social media managers and creative technologists.

What's included?

  • What Exclusive classroom sessions
  • What Creative toolkit: a summary of what's been learnt to take back to the office
  • What Bespoke networking opportunities 
  • What One to one mentoring
  • What Complimentary lunch
  • What Exclusive access to Cannes Lions School Campus 

Key takeaways

The ultimate aim of the Young Creative Academy is to uncover the qualities that make each creative unique, and channel them to fulfil their full potential. It empowers them and instils the personal and professional confidence needed to drive their careers forward.

After the programme, they will: 

Be more confident

Treat every brief as an opportunity
Exude confidence with clients 
Empower ambitious, passionate people

Believe in themselves

• Be able to say “no” 
• Be more courageous
• Be a better leader
• Be more fearless
• Fight for their ideas
• Appreciate their voice


Bring a fresh perspective

• Not be afraid to fail
• Know where to look for inspiration
• Come up with innovative ideas
• Think deeper and be more meaningful
• Question people’s reasoning
• Tell a better story

Academy Dean

Our programmes all have one thing in common. They’re led by experts from across the globe who have specialist knowledge and the passion to pass it on: renowned agency executives, award-winning creative directors and entrepreneurs alike. This year’s creative legend will be announced at a later date. 


Australian born Bob Isherwood is the former Worldwide Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi.

Bob’s work has been documented in many books and endorsed by the industry’s most prestigious national and international award shows. He won Australia’s first Gold Lion for cinema at the Cannes International Advertising Festival and is one of the few people to have ever won a British Design and Art Direction gold award for advertising. Bob has been elected to the Clio Hall of Fame in the US, and the Writers and Art Directors Hall of Fame in Australia.

Bob has served as President of the Film and Press and Poster juries at the Cannes International Advertising Festival and Dean of the Young Creative Academy since 2012.

  Lindsay Lamb started her career in project management at Razorfish in Chicago, but soon realized her passion for creativity. She started working on her portfolio at night and was selected for the first ever Young Lions Creative Academy in 2012. It was this program that gave her a push to go to the creative side. 

Since then, Lindsay spent three years at AKQA’s New York office and has more recently made the leap to working with startups in both the Silicon Valley at Draper University as well as in NYC with clients like Google, Lifestream, etc. She is also currently working on an app with a Victoria's Secret model/ app developer, called Emogify. 

Previous attendees

AlmapBBDO, DDB, Equilibrium, Service Plan, HAVAS WORLDWIDE, FCB, Google, INNOCEAN WORLDWIDE, JWT, Leo Burnett, MC Saatchi, Ogilvy, Publicis, Razorfish, SAATCHI & SAATCHI, TBWA, Tribal DDB, Y&R

Past speakers

Speakers representing an eclectic, global mix of the biggest names in creativity and marketing will be drawn from the Festival programme and confirmed soon. Past speakers have included: 

Sir John Hegarty

Founder, Worldwide Creative Director, BBH


Annie Leibovitz



Bob Greenberg

Founder, Chairman, CEO, R/GA


Daniel Lamarre

President, CEO, Cirque du Soleil 

Jack Dorsey

Co-founder, Twitter


Mark Tutssell

Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett

Yves Behar 

Founder, CEO, fuseproject

David Droga

Founder, Droga 5

What graduates say

"I’m a changed person and ready to face various challenges in my career."
Morgan Doff, Senior Copywriter, Havas Worldwide
"An experience I will never forget; I’m in awe of all the speakers."
Aarish Matcheswalla, Creative Partner, One September
"A totally refreshing experience. I’ve learnt so much in such a short period."
Min Kyoung Choi, Art Director, Innocean Worldwide

How to register

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