Jelinek Cork Group to Host Charrette for Designers @ Jelinek Creative Spaces

At Jelinek Cork Group, we love innovative ideas, especially when they involve cork. That being said, we would like to announce the first installment in a series of charrettes, where you (yes you) have the opportunity to submit your designs for a product in a specific category.

The category…SPORTING GOODS.

Yep, you can design anything from a tennis racket to a tent, or from roller skates to a snowboard; the possibilities are endless (inside the realm of sporting goods that is)!

There’s only one catch; your design has to involve cork. Not just as a component, but as the main attraction.

Interested? Email for an  official contest entry form with the subject, “Sporting Goods.

Upon receipt of your entry form, promptly fill it out and send it back, and await the contest parameters, to be released July 1st (see timeline of events below).

Now, you may ask yourself…”Cork…? Isn’t that just used for wine bottle stoppers?” Well…yes it is, but cork comes in a variety of forms and can be applied in just about any design category you can think of. Just take a look at In addition to that, cork sample packs will be available to contestants as of July 1st. If you happen to be in Savannah, Georgia, come by 103 N. Fahm St, between 11am and 3pm to pick up your sample pack at no charge. If you are not in the Savannah area, or would just rather have it delivered, send an email to with your address and payment info and we can ship it to you for $10.

Now this contest doesn’t come without reward. One winner will be awarded a $300 cash prize and the possibility of developing this project further with potential royalties!

Timeline of Events:

  • June 15: Announcement of Contest
  • June 30th: Official Entry Forms Due
  • July 1st: Contest Parameters Released and Sample Packs Available
  • July 31: Design Submissions Due
  • August (TBD): Product Presentation and Panel

Awards and Prizes

  • $300 cash prize
  • Possibility of receiving 5% royalty on all sales if design is commercially produced
  • Full contest details will be supplied with entry forms