Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises

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May 14, 2015

Deutsche Bank announces Awards for Creative Enterprise winners in support of creative economy

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony last night at Deutsche Bank’s London headquarters, with the Awards themselves presented by past DBACE winners including Matt Smith, who won the Deutsche Bank Award in Music & Drama in 1997 and founded Education Group, the UK’s leading provider of creative workshops for primary schools.

The Awards provide investment, support and training to help arts students and recent graduates turn their talent into self employment and enterprise. Winners receive start-up capital of £10,000, but importantly a business mentor from Deutsche Bank as well as business training and access to experts and new networks as the winners progress to become part of the creative economy in the UK.

Now in their 23rd year the Awards, rolled out nationally in September 2014 and are now available to all graduating or recently graduated students in creative disciplines in the UK. 188 business plan applications were received from 40 colleges from around the UK including: Belfast School of Art, Glasgow School of Art, De Montford University in Leicester and Goldsmith’s University in London.

The creative industries continues to be an important and growing sector of the UK economy, where, according to the Federation of Small Businesses, in 2014 small businesses made up 47.8% of private sector employment. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills, 2014, stated that the creative industries now account for 5% of the UK economy, its highest share yet. Deutsche Bank’s support of this important sector extends beyond the Awards winners; students nationwide are given access to specialist guidance on how to write a creative business plan as part of the application process.

The year’s award winners are:


Michael Tougher
Glasgow School of Art | MA Product Design Engineering
Michael Tougher: Inventor. Making what does not exist. Pushing the boundaries of innovation and what is possible.

Film & Photography

Eleanor Wright and Jillian Engelhard Fosten
Norwich University of the Arts | BA (hons) Animation and BA (hons) Film
The Unique Mind of Alexandra Mackie is a three-part art house documentary series exploring a young, blind woman’s imagination.

Fine Art

Eleanor Gibson (with Emily Parker and Georgie Parker)
Newcastle University |  BA (hons) Architecture
To transform the online magazine Foci into an interactive digital art form where university students exhibit work, develop ideas and connect.


Vincent Bruggeman
Guildhall School of Music & Drama | BA (hons) Vocal Performance provides learning tools for classical singers. These tools are divided into three categories: recordings, manuscripts and videos.


Daniel Thompson (with Ilayda Arden, Oli Back and Melanie Grossenbacher)
Brunel University | MA Digital Games: Theory and Design
Block Stop create live video games. Their project will develop interest in their work and a legacy for future Games.

Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & Corporate Citizenship said: “We are delighted to welcome some of the UK’s top entrepreneurial and creative talent to the Awards, it’s invigorating to hear their ideas and plans for the future. Many congratulations to the winners, the runners up, and all the applicants to DBACE 2015. The standard of application has been very high and they gave the judges a difficult job. We now look forward to seeing their plans in action over the next year.”

Ann Drew, Director of Arts & Business, said: “We are proud to partner with Deutsche Bank to bring the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise to even more students this year. Enterprise support is a vital part of career planning for creatives graduating in today’s employment market and this programme develops highly relevant skills that will help to give applicants a competitive edge”.

Vincent Bruggeman Winner of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Award in Music for, said: “It's great to have the support of business professionals as well as the prestige that DBACE brings; I'm looking forward to meeting my mentor and continuing the development of the project and business strategy for what I believe can be the number one online educational resource for singers all over the world.”

The Awards have provided GBP 1.4 million in start-up capital to help arts graduates launch 177 new businesses in the UK. The Awards are part of Deutsche Bank’s Born to Be youth engagement programme, which aims to provide opportunities to help young people fulfill their potential. Born to Be works to develop skills and raise aspirations amongst young people to help them succeed.

The runners up for each category are:


Ting Ye (with Abigail Summerfield)
University of the Arts London | MA Material Futures
Ting and Abigail believe in designing sustainably for the future and are passionate about textiles. They created The Design Mine.

Film & Photography

Inés Duemig 
London College of Communication | MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography graduate
Apart together: A social documentary project  with young women coming to Europe as Refugees to regain their lost dignity.

Fine Art

Sean Steadman
Royal Academy of Arts | MA Fine Art
Sean Steadman is going to travel to the Amazon Rainforest and make a book published in Rio de Janeiro.


Guy Baron (with Aviram Barath and Robin Paul Braum)
Goldsmiths, University of London | MMus Creative Practice
An artist collective that seeks to introduce new and unconventional approaches to music production and to empower young, innovative musicians.


Maisy Taylor  (with Michelle Ross, Laura Overton, Alice Gilmartin, Claudia Hughes, Kate Hill, Natalie James)
National Centre for Circus Arts | BA (hons) Circus Arts
Brand new all female contemporary circus company The Cirquettes launch their début show "A Day in the Life".


The winners of DBACE 2015. From left to right: Michael Tougher, Jillian Engelhard Fosten, Eleanor Wright, Georgie Parker, Eleanor Gibson, Emily Parker, Vincent Bruggeman, Daniel Thompson, Ilayda Arden, Oli Back, Melanie Grossenbacher

The award was designed by Lucy May Tomlins of Pangaea  Sculptor’s Centre, winner of the Deutsche Bank Award for Art 2012


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