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The Finalists of DBACE 2022 are revealed

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The lowdown on the innovative young visionaries that are in the running for this year's Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs.

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE), in collaboration with MeWe360, have announced this year’s finalists for the annual awards programme that aims to uncover the UK’s brightest young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 years who are driving positive social impact through creative enterprise.

dbace logoAwarded to five entrepreneurs every year, DBACE helps young visionaries bring their ideas to life. The creative leaders announced today now have an opportunity to win a collective prize fund of £60,000, plus a £100,000 value of bespoke mentorship to develop their vision and leadership skills. In addition to the winners, the other finalists will receive DBACE business support bursaries, benefiting from tailored guidance and industry mentoring.

The DBACE 2022 Finalists are :

Sophie Slater & Susanna Wen, Birdsong, an ethical fashion brand supporting makers and protecting the planet by creating pieces in the most socially impactful way possible.

Chamiah Dewey, Chamiah Dewey Fashion, the UK’s first clothing brand for people with dwarfism, offering stylish, timeless pieces, made using eco-conscious fabrics.

Andrew Shaw & Ryan Gauge, Convenience Gallery, an arts organisation based in Birkenhead working with contemporary artists and the local community to build innovative and challenging art projects.

Jem Collins, Journo Resources, a social enterprise that helps underrepresented people into the journalism industry, with free-to-access tools, resources and support.

Louise Rose Mackleston, Northern Fortress Films, an award-winning Bradford based production company aiming to shine a spotlight on Northern talent, giving Northern voices the chance to tell their stories.

Sabella Ibáñez, Alice Moxley & Jason Thompson, Pivot, a social enterprise that empowers people experiencing homelessness to Pivot their lives through making and craftsmanship.

Tabby Bunyan, Re_considered, a fashion brand providing custom reworking solutions to businesses and individuals, pulling upcycling into the 21st century and bringing circularity to the fashion industry.

Tumisha Balogun, Shian James & Alvin Owusu Fordwuo, Tag agency, a youth culture & marketing agency that transforms young lives through the power of culture, community and storytelling.

Mike Omoniyi, The Common Sense Network, a news media publication, research and marketing company and community studio on a mission to make democracy healthier.

dbace imageSince 1993, through DBACE, Deutsche Bank has overseen the launch and growth of over 230 creative ventures, supporting the work of the business leaders of tomorrow and celebrating those on a mission to tackle some of today’s most significant issues. One of the longest running creative enterprise programmes, the awards are open UK-wide and aim to cultivate young talent, providing them with start-up capital, bespoke business support and expert mentors.

The finalists will now enter into a series of pitch presentations to an illustrious judging panel of leading figures from the creative industries and business. The panel includes: Kevin Osborne, Founder and CEO, MeWe360; Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & CSR, Deutsche Bank; Jackie Davidson MBE, Founder, JD Management; and John Newbigin OBE, co-founder and Chair of Creative England; and Bola Awoniyi, Co-Founder of Black Ballad (DBACE 2019 Winner).

The 2022 iteration of DBACE saw applications from across the country operating across a myriad of sectors including visual art, design, fashion, architecture and performing arts, demonstrating the astounding calibre of creative entrepreneurs in the UK today.

Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & CSR at Deutsche Bank, commented: “Every year, DBACE seeks to celebrate and support young business leaders committed to driving change and tackling some of the biggest challenges facing our society. In the wake of the pandemic, and as the creative sector continues to face great challenges, it is more important than ever to support these talented business leaders, providing them with funding and importantly with the mentorship and expert business guidance that enables them to thrive. The awards continue Deutsche Bank’s long history of championing initiatives that drive positive change in society, with our employees using their skills, knowledge and passion to support many of the DBACE winners every year. We are proud to once again partner with MeWe360 to ensure that the awards are open and accessible to all. 

The winners and bursary recipients for the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs 2022 will be revealed on 28 June 2022.

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Published on: 21st June 2022

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