July 25, 2013

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises offer business boost to creative graduates

The winners of the 21st annual Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises have been announced. A total of 15 awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Royal College of Art’s new Dyson Gallery in London on 4 September, to recognise the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.

Among this year’s winners are:

  • Creative and cultural practice award: SWOTstudio, Birmingham School of Architecture
    For the creation of an incubation space to illustrate the ups and downs of setting up a creative practice. Swotstudio.co.uk
  • Creative practice award: Stefanie Cheong, Glasgow School of Art
    For the O-Pin contemporary jewellery project, encouraging the use of alternative, sustainable materials as well as engaging people in jewellery design. O-pin.org
  • Design award: Mauricio Affonso, Royal College of Art
    For Luffa Lab, a project focusing on diverse new uses for the luffa tropical vine plant, from medical applications through to sound insulation. Mauricioaffonso.com

The winners will each receive £10,000 start-up capital for their business, a business mentor from Deutsche Bank and a place on a small business training course from East London Small Business Centre. Winners also gain access to new audiences and networks and a place within the illustrious award winners’ alumni.

Recent winners have already enjoyed great 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 has earned funding from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and was featured by the Guardian as one of the top 10 things to see at London Design Week.

Colin Grassie, Deutsche Bank UK Chief Executive Officer and member of the GEC, said: “At Deutsche Bank, we believe that creativity and innovative thinking are vital to business success. Through the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises, we offer graduating arts students access to our employees’ business expertise, as well as financial support, to give them the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential and making a living from their discipline. I am delighted to announce 15 new award winners for whom we have high hopes.”

In addition to the winners, approximately 300 art students nationwide this year received training to apply entrepreneurial thinking and techniques to their creative practice, with around 200 students developing professional plans for post-graduation careers.

Click here to see the press release and full list of winners.

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises is part of Born to Be, Deutsche Bank’s UK youth engagement programme. The Awards have launched over 165 new enterprises since they launched in 1993. For more information about the programme and other projects that Deutsche Bank supports please visit: www.db.com/borntobe

You can also follow the programme on Facebook www.fb.com/dbborntobe or on Twitter @dbborntobe.



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