Committed to supporting British design and manufacturing, KI sponsors a number of initiatives under its KICKSTART programme. KI Europe recognises emerging talent through the annual Mixology Student Furniture Designer of the Year Award. Opportunities to display projects during design events in London are provided within KI’s headquarters. KI also works closely with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, the furnishing industry’s charity, to support their fundraising and student support initiatives such as factory tours, apprenticeships and student awards and bursaries.
The winners of the annual KI Award, now in its fifth year, were announced in the lead up to the upcoming digital graduation show. The awards and cash prizes are given to final year students selected from the RCA's Design Products and the RCA/Imperial College London's Innovation Design Engineering double masters course.