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April 28, 2016

2016 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) were announced last night at an Award ceremony in Winchester House. Shortlisted candidates spent the day pitching their ideas and business plans to five panels of well-known figures across the arts including Jamie Scallion, songwriter and author and Nigel Hurst, Chief Executive, The Saatchi Gallery.
DBACE, one of the most established, longest running graduate enterprise programmes, has given £1.5m to young creative students across all arts sectors to help them launch their own enterprise and business projects.

The five winning projects covered a range of topical issues;
- Art and Photography: M62 the trans-Pennine Motorway is an exploration of the social and economic impact of the M62 motorway
- Craft and Design: Equinox Digital uses a combination of ‘drone’ technology and 3D mapping which will preserve important cultural archaeological sites for posterity
- Film: Samaanata brings together a medical student and film maker to make a documentary which explores gender-based violence
- Music: Rhythm Passport is a free online magazine and gig guide to change perceptions and grow new audiences for world music
- Performance: The Living Room Circus is a travelling circus company which will provide an immersive and inclusive performance for all ages in a circus tent transformed into a living room in art festivals across Europe.

The complete list of winners and runners up and runners up can be viewed online at

Winners receive £10,000 and runners-up £1,000 each. They will all be given year-long business mentoring from a Deutsche Bank executive and two days of intensive small business training to help launch their careers.
Since 1993, DBACE has helped hundreds of final year and recently graduated arts students negotiate the challenges of self-employment, with the support of start-up capital, enterprise training and business mentoring as part of Deutsche Bank’s commitment to drive positive change in society through Made for Good, its global enterprise programme.

Nicole Lovett, Head of Corporate Citizenship UK at Deutsche Bank, explains why the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise  are important, ‘The creative industries contribute £84billion a year to the UK economy and are crucial to both individual and community well-being. The winners of 2016 DBACE have demonstrated the potential to become successful entrepreneurs who will continue to grow this creative eco-system. The Awards prepare students to overcome specific challenges, and help them towards investment readiness and long-term sustainability.’

The Arts and Culture team at Business in the Community work with Deutsche Bank to deliver the Awards.  Ann Drew, Director Arts & Culture at Business in the Community, applauded all the shortlisted candidates and the wealth of creative talent coming out of British universities and conservatoires.  ‘Artists need more than brilliant ideas; they need the skills to convert aspirations into long-term achievements. The DBACE process itself is confidence building and nurtures entrepreneurial ambition.’

See how else we support creative enterprise through our Born to Be portfolio. 


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