2019 WINNERS

Activate the City! 

Focusing on the disciplines of urban design and creative entrepreneurship, young people in Bristol are empowered to become community champions and work locally to transform vacant and redundant space that would otherwise be used for fly tipping, loitering and illegal activity. The youth-led transformations become public space to provide wider social and economic benefits in disadvantaged communities.
The initial phase of Karen’s 12-month programme of tailored business support: TBC
Founder: Karen Jelenje
DBACE prize money received: £5,000
Socials:
https://www.instagram.com/activatethecity/
https://twitter.com/ActivateTCity/

 

Black Ballad

A subscription lifestyle media brand empowering black women globally by celebrating their culture, community and stories. By championing black female writers and creators, the Black Ballad membership provides access to content, events and experiences that rebalance the lack of representation in media.
Founders: Tobi Oredein and Bola Awoniyi
DBACE prize money received: £15,000
The initial phase of Tobi and Bola’s 12-month programme of tailored business support will focus on writing a business plan and financials.
Socials:
https://blackballad.co.uk
https://twitter.com/blackballaduk
https://www.instagram.com/blackballaduk
https://www.facebook.com/blackballadUK

Bukky Baldwin

An ethical fashion and textiles company based in Manchester aiming to empower marginalised communities. The brand has been collaborating with refugee and homeless charities to provide individually catered training programmes that are both practical and holistic in nature.
Founder: Ibukun Jesusanmi Baldwin
DBACE prize money received: £5,000
The initial phase of Ibukun’s s 12-month programme of tailored business support will focus on writing a business plan and preparing financials.
Socials:
https://www.bukkybaldwin.com
https://www.instagram.com/bukkybaldwin
https://www.facebook.com/bukkybaldwin

Mental Health: The Arts

An early intervention creative arts academy for young people in South London between the ages of 13 and 25 with direct and indirect experience of mental illness. Educating, equipping and empowering young people to cultivate creative coping mechanisms through talks, workshops and the arts.
Founder: Angela Awuah
DBACE prize money received: £12,500
The initial phase of Angela’s 12-month programme of tailored business support will focus on writing business and project plans.
Socials:
https://www.mentalhealththearts.com
https://www.instagram.com/mh_thearts
https://twitter.com/mh_thearts
https://www.facebook.com/mhthearts

Petit Pli

Designing out waste across the entire garment value chain by engineering versatile garments that grow as the wearer does. The garments are embedded with a patent-pending auxetic structure, which expands bi directionally to mimic the growth of children aged nine months to four years – that’s seven sizes and seven times less waste.
Founder: Ryan Mario Yasin
DBACE prize money received: £12,500
The initial phase of Ryan’s 12-month programme of tailored business support will focus on identifying investment opportunities and providing marketing support.
Socials:
https://shop.petitpli.com
https://www.instagram.com/petit.pli
https://www.facebook.com/petit.pli

 

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