D&AD Festival is in full swing and we are thrilled to be hosting Creative Entrepreneurs Startup Studio at T1 just outside the Festival’s main stage, The Adobe Stage!

With over 100 speakers, 2,000 exhibited works and 4,000 attendees, D&AD Festival and Awards Ceremony is the heartbeat of the creative sector during its three days duration.

This year there’s been a lot of conversation on panels and in corridors about both diversity and the intersection of the creative and technology industries. What does it mean to be human in an algorithmically driven world? How is technology changing the way we share and access information? The same questions were in focus as well in the D&AD annual insight report. Trends emerging from these themes include leveraging creativity as an anchor to our humanity in an increasingly tech driven world and how mindfulness and mental health have taken centre stage in businesses messaging and culture.

Our own Startup Studio has been buzzing with aspiring and established creative entrepreneurs lining up for a free mentoring sessions with our amazing mentors. We are incredibly grateful to have the following amazing line-up of creative talent happy to giveback as mentors:

Alex Fefegha - Head Creative Technologist, COMUZI

Emily Ames - Co-Founder & Brand Director, Sonder & Tell

Archie Campbell - Co-Founder, Vidsy

Fillipos Protogeridis - Product Designer

Guy Armitage - Founder, Zealous

Justin Michaels - Adventure Director, ustwo

Kate Hamilton - Co-Founder, Content Director, Sonder & Tell

Lynne Murray - Director, Digital Anthropology Lab, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts. Non-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Holition Augmented Retail. Founder, MIMO

Margaret Bruce - Director, Brandmovers Institute for Digital and Creative Economy, London South Bank University.  

Moin Roberts-Islam - Technology Development Manager, Fashion Innovation Agency

Rania Svoronou - Associate Design Director, IBM iX

Stephanie Melodia - Director, BLOOM

Our mentors have been impressed with the level of talent and motivation of people starting out seeking their mentorship. In the words of our mentor, Guy Armitage, founder of Zealous: if this is an indication of what the future looks like - we can’t wait for it!

If you are at D&AD and haven’t made the time to visit us yet, drop by on Thursday the 23rd, we will be on location until 12:30pm.

Creative Entrepreneurs D&AD19 highlights: What we saw and loved so far:

  • Totally inspired by the D&AD community, our AWESOME mentees at our Creative Startup Studio!
  • Game changing talk by Ajaz Ahmed, founder of AKQA, on spontaneity & learning, science, art, failing and love
  • We judged the Adobe Make-It Space the coolest space, offering great creative learning
  • The colourful Typography Workshop from Creative Entrepreneurs Member Alexandra Lunn - super creative!
  • The increased number of activations merging tech and creativity, from various VR experiences to the interactive mural GIF-ITI!