Five winners of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE) have been announced, winning a share of £50,000 for their creative businesses. With the creative industries contributing more than £100 billion to the UK economy every year, DBACE supports young UK-based entrepreneurs driven by a mission to drive and sustain social value through enterprise. The programme is part of Deutsche Bank’s global social enterprise programme, Made for Good, and has been delivered in partnership with not-for-profit creative industries incubator MeWe360.
The winners were revealed at a ceremony hosted by Gemma Cairney (BBC Radio 1) at The Conduit in the heart of London’s West End. The five winners are:
Activate the City! – Karen Jelenje Encouraging and empowering young people in Bristol to become community champions and work locally to transform vacant and redundant space that would otherwise be used for fly tipping, loitering and illegal activity. The youth-led transformations become public space to provide wider social and economic benefits in disadvantage communities.
Black Ballad – Bola Awoniyi & Tobi Oredein A subscription lifestyle media brand empowering black women globally by celebrating their culture, community and stories. By championing black female writers and creators, the Black Ballad membership provides access to content, events and experiences that rebalance the lack of representation in media.
Bukky Baldwin – Ibukun Jesusanmi Baldwin An ethical fashion and textiles company based in Manchester aiming to empower marginalised communities. The brand has been collaborating with refugee and homeless charities to provide individually catered training programmes that are both practical and holistic in nature.
Mental Health The Arts – Angela Awuah An early intervention creative arts academy for young people in South London between the ages of 13 and 25 with direct and indirect experience of mental illness. Educating, equipping and empowering young people to cultivate creative coping mechanisms through talks, workshops and the arts.
Petit Pli – Ryan Mario Yasin Designing out waste across the entire garment value chain by engineering versatile garments that grow as the wearer does. The garments are embedded with a patent-pending auxetic structure, which expands bi-directionally to mimic the growth of children aged nine months to four years – that’s seven sizes and seven times less waste.
DBACE supports ambitious individuals from all backgrounds with sustainable ideas that will improve the lives of others and the communities we live in. Beyond winning a share of the £50,000, the prize package includes ongoing support for the year ahead, providing the winners with bespoke business support, mentoring and access to industry networks as part of a 12 month membership with MeWe360.