These awards provide UK entrepreneurs, graduates and postgraduates within the arts and the creative disciplines with start-up capital, business training and mentoring help them during their first year in business and beyond.
Winning individuals and groups will receive £10,000 in start-up capital to realise their business plan, along with business planning training and a mentor - to support graduates in their first year as creative entrepreneurs.
2017 sees prizes of £10,000 for winners of the following five categories:
- Arts & Photography
- Craft & Design
All winners and runners up will receive year-long business mentoring from a Deutsche Bank employee and two days of intensive small business training.
- All shortlisted applicants and winners of each category will be offered a place on a two-day small business training course in London during the summer of 2017.
- Winners receive £10,000 towards their creative business/project.
- Winners receive year-long mentoring from a senior Deutsche Bank employee who will guide them towards making the right decisions, and advise them on what they need to think about in order for their project to be a success.
- Winners receive marketing support from DBACE website.
- Winners join the DBACE alumni – a network of over 200 ventures.
The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) help young creative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Aspiring artists, designers and performers who want to go into business need practical and financial support are being targeted through the programme. It will enable art students around the UK to explore, develop and establish their creative ideas into sustainable ventures - through business planning training, mentoring and capital funding for starting-up in business.
Each year awards are made to graduates from arts colleges around the UK. Workshops and one to one sessions are held on campus, giving all students the chance to find out if business could be the route for them.
Students leaving to go into full-time work with established companies or continue in full-time study are not eligible.
All graduating arts degree students in the UK (and those who have graduated within one year) will be eligible to apply for the Awards.
Graduating students from a relevant department of a participating college and those who intend to follow a freelance career or develop a specific project are eligible to apply.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.
Applicants will receive support to develop a business or project plan for their crucial first year after graduation. The programme will develop capacity in colleges to support business and project planning, giving college/university professionals the opportunity to take part in enterprise training and access intercollegiate professional networks.
This is an annual programme.
The timeline for the 2017 awards:
- 16 January: Applications open
- 12 March: Applications close
- Early April: Shortlist announced
- 17 May: Pitching Day and Awards Ceremony
Further advice and assistance with submitting an application may be sought directly from Deutsche Bank United Kingdom.