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Awarding creative entrepreneurship

With help from Deutsche Bank, aspiring artists in the United Kingdom learn how to translate their talent into commercial success. The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises offers them practical and financial support.

Deutsche Bank Awards

Every year over 50,000 students graduate from UK art institutions. While some seek full-time employment with companies, others want to go into business for themselves. Deutsche Bank supports some of these entrepreneurs through its Awards for Creative Enterprises.

Launched in 1993, the awards provide practical and financial support to aspiring young artists, designers and performers to start a business or pursue a project in the first year after graduating. They recognize the value of creative entrepreneurship and the innovation that talented people can contribute to society – activities that Deutsche Bank encourages globally.

The creative sector is one of the UK’s enduring competitive strengths, employing more than 1.5 million people and representing over 8 percent of GDP. The Deutsche Bank Awards aim to put the next generation on a fast track to success.

There have been more than 165 winners since the initiative began, supported with over £1.2m in start-up capital. In 2013, Deutsche Bank presented 15 awards to graduates from 13 art colleges and institutions, including the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, the London Contemporary Dance School and the Royal College of Art.

Award winners receive 10,000 British Pound and a four-day training course for small businesses as well as expert advice and guidance from a Deutsche Bank mentor to steer them through their first year in business. They also have an opportunity to participate in Deutsche’s UK-based community and arts programs. Such participation often brings them into contact with people able to identify future business opportunities.

Previous winners have already enjoyed success, notably photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera who won the prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize in November 2012, and designers Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva, whose mobile Coffee trike obtained funding from the Finish Cultural Foundation.

The Awards are part of Born to Be, the bank's youth engagement programme which gives the next generation the opportunities they need to succeed in life. In the UK, Born to Be will support 160,000 young people in four years, helping to address the country's high rates of youth unemployment.


Deutsche Bank Awards 2014
In this video, Deutsche Bank Awards alumni and organizers explain how the prize can help start your own business and how the application process works.

“Through the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises, we offer graduating art students access to our employees' business expertise, as well as financial support, to give them the best possible chance of fullfilling their potential and making a living from their discipline.”

Colin Grassie Deutsche Bank UK Chief Executive Officer

Winners 2013

Deutsche Bank Award in Music - LAITO Media

LAITO Media - Deutsche Bank Award in Music with the Birmingham Conservatoire and comprising of Rob Lainchbury, James Otto and Kirsty Devaney. LAITO produce creative video for creative people. Their aim is to create interesting and unique promotional videos to help showcase creativity, individuality and personality.

Deutsche Bank Award in Creative and Cultural Practice - SWOTstudio

Holly Doron, Matt Vaughan and Matt Warren are SWOTstudio; facilitating collaborative design and exploring an alternative route into professional practice. Through the S[q]WOT project, Birmingham City University students will design and build an incubation space within the impressive new BIAD campus. Interdisciplinary, collaborative design workshops, lectures and forums within the university and schools around the Midlands aim to cultivate creative entrepreneurialism in the younger generation.

Deutsche Bank Award in Circus - BMT (Barely Methodical Troupe)

BMT is an experimental acrobatic circus company, fusing hand-to-hand and cyr wheel techniques with creative dynamic movement. Influenced by their existing skill sets of parkour, bboying and tricking, they bring a fresh perspective to their material.

Deutsche Bank Award in Design - Ahoy! Animation

Deutsche Bank Award in Design with Edinburgh College of Art. Ahoy! Animation is a new Scottish animation collective, emphasising creativity, versatility and professionalism, and covering a range of styles from traditional and digital 2D to stop-motion animation. Ahoy! is centered around its core team of Peter Shaw and Oana Nechifor, but also has a broad network of recent graduates to support projects.

Deutsche Bank Award in Creative Practice - O-Pin

Deutsche Bank Award in Creative Practice with The Glasgow School of Art. Stefanie Cheong formed the O-Pin Project to engage people with contemporary art jewellery. Stefanie’s practice focuses on using alternative materials for her jewels, not adding to the negative impact on lives or the environment caused by the diamond and gold industry.

Deutsche Bank Award in Music, Acting and Technical Theatre - Get Lifted!

Deutsche Bank Award in Music, Acting and Technical Theatre with Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Lewis Daniel and Adam Gray of Get Lifted are all about showcasing unsigned, independent and talented people. They want to keep you updated on the hottest gigs/performances happening in and around London, and invite you to their own showcase events.

Deutsche Bank Award in Dramatic Arts - Whispering Beasts

Deutsche Bank Award in Dramatic Arts with LAMDA. Bryan Moriarty and Sara Joyce will form Whispering Beasts, a new theatre company dedicated to staging new productions of classical and contemporary Irish plays in London. Their mission is to produce miniature seasons of Irish work, staging two or three plays in repertory which are distinctive in style and historical context, though linked by common themes, a united aesthetic and cast of actors. The company’s first double-bill of shows, entitled ‘The Intruder’ will be staged in early 2014.

Deutsche Bank Award in Architecture - RAAD

Deutsche Bank Award in Architecture with Liverpool School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University. Catherine Traynor, Mark Flynn and Robert Gibson form RAAD (Radical Architecture, Activist Design) use participatory design to propose interventions and events on vacant and under-used spaces to highlight and provide temporary solutions to local problems. A network of events and happenings will provide grassroots regeneration in towns and cities across the UK.

Deutsche Bank Award in Contemporary Dance - Joseph Toonga

Deutsche Bank Award in Contemporary Dance with London Contemporary Dance School. Joseph’s work, as both choreographer and performer, fuses contemporary dance and hip hop through his company, Just Us Dance Theatre.

Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art - Marie von Heyl and Katrin Albrecht

Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art with Royal Academy of Arts. Marie and Katrin will script and produce ‘Affairs’ - a broadcasting programme that borrows the format of a radio soap opera. Set in a fictitious conference centre, Affairs is narrated from the viewpoint of a mysterious object, function and form which remains undisclosed to the audience. The programme will be complemented by an exhibition that translates elements of the story into the physical world.

Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition - Thomas Green

Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition with Royal Academy of Music. Tom will launch ScoreSync, providing ways to navigate and simultaneously experience different types of musical media. The software tool will synchronise a musical manuscript file and an audio file, and display them simultaneously. A listener will be able to locate and follow the position in a musical score of an audio performance as it plays.

Deutsche Bank Award in Art - Clare Bottomley

Deutsche Bank Award in Art with Royal College of Art. Artist and educator Clare is producing a socially pertinent experimental film, with the help of young people with disabilities.

Deutsche Bank Award in Design - Mauricio Affonso

Deutsche Bank Award in Design with Royal College of Art. Mauricio’s project will focus on developing and commercialising new applications for the luffa material. Little explored beyond its conventional use as a bath sponge, luffa cylindrica has a vast range of properties – antimicrobial, biodegradable, lightweight, and highly absorbent: features that make it viable for diverse applications such as low cost medical splints or acoustic insulation.

Deutsche Bank Award in Fashion Design - Dagmar Kestner

Deutsche Bank Award in Fashion Design with University of the Arts London. Dagmar explores the realm of handcrafted luxury goods from a personal point of view. The essence of her brand is to cultivate traditional handcrafting techniques, through rethinking their aesthetics and the material-supply process. By challenging the technique of Macramé in unexpected ways, she has created a variety of pieces, from detailed bracelets to bold, sculptural leather adornments.

Deutsche Bank Award in Photography - Nikolas Ventourakis

Deutsche Bank Award in Photography with the University of the Arts London. Nikolas is a fine art photographer from Athens in Greece, where the first part of his ‘Leaving Utopia‘ project is based. Nikolas builds semi-abstract narratives using photography, akin to the documentarist tradition. The project explores life during the economic crisis, aiming to jumpstart a dialogue about contemporary issues of identity, community and social conflict.

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