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Grants and Funding News
28Jan

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE)

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These awards provide young entrepreneurs in the UK who are looking to enter the creative industries and who have a desire to create and sustain social value through their enterprise. Start-up capital, business training and mentoring will be provided.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Deutsche Bank

Maximum value:

£ 10,000

Application deadline:

31/03/2019

Objectives of Fund

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) help young, creative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Aspiring individuals who want to go into business in the creative industries and require practical and financial support are being targeted. Applicants will be able to explore, develop and establish their creative ideas into sustainable ventures - through business planning training, mentoring and capital funding for starting-up in business.

In 2019, the bank is working with MeWe360 to find the best young talent wanting to drive positive social impact through their creative enterprise. The programme aims to enable and celebrate creative entrepreneurship for social good led by 18-30-year olds in the UK today.

DBACE 2019 will support visionary creative entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30 who are driven by a mission to create and sustain social value through their enterprise. DBACE aims to reach ambitious individuals from all backgrounds with ideas that will improve the lives of others and their communities.

The Competition offers entrants the chance to win up to £20,000 to fund their creative enterprise and a year of business support. It is an awards programme designed to provide financial and business support to help launch and/or grow creative enterprises with a positive social impact.

Value Notes

The prize package is designed to give applicants everything they need to power up their idea or existing business so that they can take it to the next level.

There is a cash prize fund of £50,000, shared amongst five winners. How much awarded per winner is not fixed but assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who proceed to the second stage of the competition will be asked for the amount of prize monies they would like to apply for from three incremental categories of £2,000-£5,000; £5,000-£10,000; and £10,000-£20,000.

The prize money is not a loan and is equity free.

The business support offered will include a two-day business and leadership development training course with the cohort of other DBACE 2019 winners. Winners will also receive a 12-month individually tailored 1:1 business support package designed to help meet business goals.

Up to 30 runners-up will receive complimentary MeWe360 memberships worth £175 which includes access to MeWe’s hubspaces and events.

How To Apply

Applications opened on 16 January 2019. The deadline for applications to be received is 31 March 2019.

The final live pitch presentations and award event will take place on 2 July 2019.

Payment of funding will be made in two equal tranches via bank transfer – one within six weeks of receiving the award, and a second, final payment on receipt of a six-month progress report submitted to and reviewed by the Promoter.

Payment Procedure

Payment of funding will be made in two equal tranches via bank transfer – one within six weeks of receiving the award, and a second, final payment on receipt of a six-month progress report submitted to and reviewed by the Promoter.


Useful documents & links

Scheme - Application Form

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links


Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    MeWe Foundation
    13 Soho Square
    London
    W1D 3QF
    Email: [email protected]

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