On July 1, five winners of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE) fought off stiff competition to win a share of £50,000 for their socially driven ventures and 12-months of expert business guidance.
Despite the ongoing pandemic and significant blow to the creative industries, with research from Oxford Economics suggesting 1 in 5 sector jobs could be lost, the programme continues to recognise young creative entrepreneurs and celebrate those on a mission to tackle some of society’s significant issues.
The programme is part of Deutsche Bank’s global CSR social enterprise programme, Made for Good, and has been delivered in partnership with not-for-profit creative industries incubator MeWe360.
Moved from its usual Mayfair location, the winners were revealed in a celebratory event via YouTube Live by presenter Reuben Christian. The five winners are:
- Bethany Williams London – Bethany Williams
An artist-designer taking on fashion’s destructive environmental impact with a sustainable clothing brand that works with social projects and local manufacturers to create a circular model harnessing the industry to create positive social change. A percentage of sales is donated to each collaborating social project.
- Enayball – Pete Barr & Eli Heath
A one-of-a-kind visual arts tool created to enable anyone with a physical disability to create art independently. Founders Pete & Eli have designed a wheelchair attachment that enables the user to lift the nib off the floor remotely, combatting involuntary movements, limited grip or arm strength to create large, expressive paintings. They have worked with a number of disabled artists, including Alison Lapper MBE.
- Make Your Own Masters – Stacie Woolsey
On a mission to improve diversity within the art and design industry whilst building a community, attitude, and professional network that is supportive. This affordable postgraduate level takes multidisciplinary learners through a custom built, industry sourced self-curated curriculum. Without the hefty price tag.
- Standing Ovation Project – Anthony Daulphin
Birmingham based creative arts enterprise partnering with schools across the Midlands to reach marginalised young people. Through a range of workshops it aims to develop creative skills including music production, DJ-ing, and singing skills, whilst building upon important softer social skills.
- Word on the Curb – Ndubuisi Uchea & Hayel Wartemberg
Youth insight and content agency connecting with millennial and Gen-Z audiences through co-created digital campaigns whilst upskilling individuals from disenfranchised backgrounds in film production. Co-founders Ndubuisi & Hayel have built a community of 120,000 followers, and their unique insight events helped global brands engage with younger audiences.
Established in 1993, DBACE is the UK’s longest running awards for the creative industry. Continuing to work with MeWe360, the expert team will now develop a 12-month tailored business and leadership programme for each winner to help them achieve their ambitions.
Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & CSR, Deutsche Bank, says: “2020 has been a year like no other for everyone. The impact of COVID-19 for the creative industries is set to be catastrophic, but some of the most innovative thinkers make up the sector. These five winners have shown clear passion and drive, which combined with the support of DBACE will help ensure they continue to tackle significant issues in society, despite the hurdles.”
Kevin Osborne, founder and CEO, MeWe360 says: “We need socially minded creative entrepreneurs. We always have, but perhaps this need is more critical than ever. We need programmes like MeWe's Incubator Programme to deliver tailored business and leadership support to people from all backgrounds. We need initiatives like DBACE which celebrate these entrepreneurs and funds their development, and we need partnerships, like that between Deutsche Bank and MeWe360, to combine our resources and skills to deliver this essential support to the five worthy winners of this year’s DBACE.”
For more details about DBACE visit dbace.org
MeWe360 is a UK social enterprise incubator for the creative industries. A not for profit, charitable organisation, MeWe360’s mission is to uncover the UK’s hidden leadership talent so that entrepreneurs from all backgrounds can develop thriving enterprises. MeWe360 has a roster of high calibre industry mentors and consultants as well as a vibrant membership network of creatives from across the UK. MeWe360 was established in 2012 by Kevin Osborne, a social entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience developing talent in the creative industries. Current funders include Arts Council England and The Arts Impact Fund.