Application process

Application stages

Here is a description of the key activities, stages and deadlines for the competition.

Guidance for completing your DBACE application

We are pleased you have decided to apply for DBACE 2022 and look forward to receiving your application. Below are our top tips to help you in completing the on-line form.


Before you put pen to paper

— Look at the online application.
Check the deadlines, plan how much time you will need to complete the application. Don’t leave it to the last minute to submit your application. It will be harder to complete the application if you are rushed.
— Look at the Terms and Conditions to see what we will expect from you, if you are successful.
— Look around the website, for example there’s lots of helpful information on the Resources page that will help you to answer the questions about your idea or business:
1. The Glossary will help explain a broad range of commonly used business terms.
2. The DBACE guide to writing a plan aims to help applicants organise their idea and consider the sustainability of their venture.
3. The Resource directory will provide you with links to specialist organisations and online resources that will be helpful to you in completing your application and/or developing your business.
4. The FAQ provides answers to common questions asked about the DBACE award.
5. The Tips from the 2019 judging panels provide direct feedback based on the shortlisted, finalist and winner applicants.
6. The Video pitch tips are useful in preparing your one-minute video pitch which is part of the application form. It provides advice both in content, style and technical upload instructions.
7. The Info events section will tell you where to find face-to-face and online information sessions to help you apply.
In addition, look out for helpful tips and hints on the application form itself.

When completing your application

— Consider what the judging panel will be looking for and try to see if your answers demonstrate what they would like to support.
— Use plain English and explain things as clearly as you can.
— Please note there is a maximum of 300 words for answers to the application questions.
— Be careful that you do not repeat yourself too many times.
It is a common mistake for applicants to feel that they haven’t used enough words if they are given a word or page limit that they don’t reach. Try not to say the same thing in a slightly different way over and over again. Succinct, efficient and to the point is often the best way.
— Don’t worry if some questions are too advanced.
As applicants will be coming from a range of starting points, we understand that some respondents will be further ahead than others in being able to answer some of the questions. Just fill in as much as you can according to what is relevant and where you are at with your creative enterprise.
— Before you submit your online application, check that you have you uploaded the video pitch.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities.
If you require additional support to be able to participate in the award please contact us by email at
We look forward to hearing from you.
Good luck.


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