Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs winners announced

July 11, 2019

Five winners of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE) have been announced, winning a share of £50,000 for their creative business driving positive impact.

The winners were revealed at a ceremony hosted by Gemma Cairney (BBC Radio 1) at the Conduit in the heart of London’s West End. Matthew Taylor CBE (RSA) delivered a keynote speech on the need for creative and innovative thinking in today’s challenging and turbulent times. Sarah Gregory (Creative Industries Federation), who also partook in the final judging panel, spoke of the importance of supporting young creative entrepreneurs through programmes like DBACE.

The five winners are:

  • Activate the City! empowers young people whilst transforming redundant space in disadvantaged communities. Founded by Karen Jelenje.
  • Black Ballad: a lifestyle media brand empowering black women globally by celebrating their culture & community. Founded by Bola Awoniyi & Tobi Oredein.
  • Bukky Baldwin breaks negative cycles within marginalised communities through innovative hand-made design. Founded by Ibukun Jesusanmi Baldwin.
  • Mental Health: The Arts: an early intervention creative arts academy for young people affected by mental illness. Founded by Angela Awuah.
  • Petit Pli reduces waste with garments that expand bi-directionally to mimic the growth of children. Founded by Ryan Mario Yasin.

DBACE supports ambitious individuals from all backgrounds with sustainable ideas that will improve the lives of others and the communities we live in. Beyond winning a share of the £50,000, the prize package includes ongoing support for the year ahead, providing the winners with bespoke business support, mentoring and access to industry networks as part of a 12-month membership with not-for-profit creative industries incubator MeWe360.

The programme is part of Deutsche Bank’s global social enterprise programme, Made for Good.

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