Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs 2023 (DBACE) took place at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) on Thursday – 6th July 2023 (6pm to 8.30pm)
The #DBACE Awards are produced in partnership with MeWe360, a black-led not for profit that champions Black and Asian leadership and entrepreneurial talent in the arts and creative industries. This year marks 30 years of the prestigious awards.
Five outstanding entrepreneurs are selected each year to bring their visions and business goals to life, this year’s changemakers – the all London-based entrepreneurs – was announced at the ceremony, hosted by Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent Brenda Emmanus OBE, with a keynote speech from Farooq Chaudhry OBE, Co-founder Akram Khan Dance Company.
Brenda Emmanus OBE says,
“Building creativity into business allows us to meet existing societal challenges while progressively forging ahead with new and innovative ideas. Nurturing and supporting creative entrepreneurs will ensure a future where we are inspired, where existing norms are challenged, where new opportunities are created, and problems solved. By encouraging and celebrating this collective of talent we can afford to imagine a world where we’ll witness progress in the lives of communities and wider society – a better world for all of us.”
The winners received a collective prize fund of £60,000 and £100,000 of tailored business support and leadership development from MeWe360’s roster of high calibre industry mentors, consultants and vibrant network of creatives. In addition to the winners, a further five of the strongest candidates also receive a 12-month incubator membership with MeWe360, offering business and leadership support and training.
ALT caught up with CEO Louise Nkosi to for a quick chat (above).
The judging of this year’s awards has now took place prior to the ceremony and the winners announced on the night. Here are short descriptions of each of the winners below:
Artistry Youth Dance – a London-based youth dance company supporting people of African and Caribbean heritage, dedicated to empowering and developing the next generation of black dance artists whilst cultivating a more culturally diverse UK dance community.
(Main Image) United In Design – a charity organisation which addresses the lack of equality, diversity and inclusion in the Interior Design Industry. Alexandria Dauley is a residential Interior Designer and founder of Dauley Design, Led by its Creative Director, Sophie Ashby, Studio Ashby creates spaces with a unique identity.
LEVILE – founded by Ola Christian in 2016, a London-based casting and media agency that specialises in providing genuine opportunities for diverse and underrepresented creative talent to the TV and film industries, both in front of and behind the camera.
Rehema Cultural Arts – an arts organisation that partners with cultural institutions to decolonise their collections relating to African history ensuring African stories are told from an African perspective, widening access to black communities.
The Bitten Peach – the UK’s first queer pan-Asian casting agency and production company on a mission to diversify Asian representation on stage: The Bitten Peach was founded in 2019 by ShayShay, Lilly Snatchdragon and Evelyn Carnate, and has since grown to encompass 100 artists.