DBACE previous winners and bursaries
DBACE 2021 winners
DBACE 2021 received 396 entries from across the UK, across which was an incredible range of creativity, entrepreneurship and positive impact being made to society. We were delighted to have brought together an incredible group of experts to judge DBACE 2021. Panel members drew on extensive professional expertise across the creative industries and have many years of experience in leadership as well as setting up and supporting new businesses.
You can catch up on the event and read the detail via the link below.
African Diaspora Dance Association
The first dance examination board and teaching organisation to specialise in and accredit dances that fall under the African Diaspora. They seek to actively expand the curriculum and training of future generations through bringing a new vibrant approach to dance education, expanding the practice and knowledge of current and future students and giving dance teachers and professionals opportunities to further their practice, regardless of age or abilities.
Founder: Nahum McLean
DBACE funding awarded: £16,000
Black Females in Architecture
A social enterprise and global membership organisation with almost 400 members, Black Females in Architecture (BFA) supports its membership through a support network within which members benefit from shared knowledge, advice, guidance, access to the personal networks of fellow members, job opportunities and much more. BFA also actively promotes racial equity, social justice and systemic change in the industry and publicly advocates for Black women who work, study or practice in the built environment industry.
Co-directors: Akua Danso, Neba Sere, Selasi Setufe
DBACE funding awarded: £15,000
Planet Friendly Paint
Planet Friendly Paint delivers an alternative route to waste produced by the cosmetics industry by bridging the gap between waste and art by upcycling waste make-up into a functional paint. By giving a new life to colour cosmetics before disposal, Planet Friendly Paint hopes to make an impact on a national scale and encourage other retailers to do the same. Alongside demonstrating the possibilities of a circular economy, Planet Friendly Paint also offers unique artwork for sale.
Founder: Ameenah Begum
DBACE funding awarded: £8,500
The Blair Academy
The Blair Academy envisages a world where Hip Hop brings health, happiness and well-being to the lives of many so that they can combat loneliness and improve or prevent the deterioration of physical and mental health. They have boosted health and happiness, using hip hop dance, for over 5000 people across care and community settings in London and Essex. The growing team have ambitious plans to expand their reach and provide their services across the UK.
Founder: Charlie Blair
DBACE funding awarded: £10,500
You Look Okay To Me
Launched in 2016 as an online space for the chronic illness community, You Look Okay To Me is a creative consulting service that assists other organisations, charities and enterprises to find the most effective and creative ways in telling stories about illness and invisible disabilities as well as supporting them in increasing their audience reach. You Look Okay To Me aims to not only raise the profile of diverse chronic illness experiences but also strives to change the way we talk about disease as a society, especially within marginalised communities.
Founder: Jameisha Prescod
DBACE funding awarded: £10,000
DBACE 2021 bursaries
As part of the DBACE programme’s wider support offering, an extra five memberships are offered with MeWe360 to creative entrepreneurs who drive social impact through their enterprise. The 12-month membership provides tailored business support to develop the entrepreneur and help them achieve their enterprise’s next milestones.
For people who want to dress with joy, support makers and protect the planet, Birdsong skillfully creates not-so-everyday staples and made-for-you pieces in the most ethical, socially impactful way possible. Birdsong makes clothes that are ethical, sustainable and made by talented women paid a fair wage.
Co-founders: Sophie Slater and Susanna Wen
Kanaiza is home to a global community of over 57,500 art lovers with a shared interest in black arts and culture. Started as a digital gallery on Instagram in 2019, Kanaiza is now respected and revered as an international tastemaker and advocate for inclusive economic black art. Kanaiza seeks to evolve through designing bespoke tech for overlooked black communities. Using 10 years of internal corporate research and two years working directly with real artists and art lovers, they now look to build a fitting tech platform for our stakeholders (the community).
Founder: Vanessa Onalo