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Rochelle Saunders, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, CSM. Photo by Alys Tomlinson
Rochelle Saunders, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, CSM. Photo by Alys Tomlinson
Rochelle Saunders, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, CSM. Photo by Alys Tomlinson

Money and support to help students and graduates grow their business ideas.

A Creative Enterprise Award can help you if you are looking to start your own business or grow an existing one. They provide a package of funding and support to help grow new business ideas and nurture enterprising initiatives developed by UAL students and graduates.

Many UAL graduates go on to launch exciting new creative businesses or social enterprises and these awards, provided by UAL Careers and Employability, celebrate and support them in their first steps.

The prizes

The awards are run in partnership with industry leaders and organisations. Prizes include seed funding, award trophy, showcasing opportunities, leading industry mentorship and specialist business advice.

Our partners have included: Adobe, B Artmonsky, The DotsCockpit Arts, Creative Champs and IBM iX.


Maker and Product

Open to individuals or businesses who produce and sell creative work or products.

Freelance and Service

Open to self-employed individuals or companies who provide a creative service to clients.


Open to businesses with a substantial proportion of international clients, customers or production, or businesses that are based outside the UK.

Climate and Environment

Open to businesses that have a focus on environmental issues and sustainable practices.

Social and Community

Open to enterprises that have a focus on community engagement or intervention, or with socially led objectives at the heart of what they do.

Digital and Technology

Open to businesses or individuals whose work demonstrates innovative uses of technology, including digital technologies, engineering, production and science.

What we are looking for

In each category we are looking for an idea or business that demonstrates the following:

  • An original or innovative idea that addresses a clear market need.
  • Promotes a positive social and ethical practice.
  • An idea with good growth potential.
  • Scope for international relationships/trade.


The awards are open to:

  • Current UAL students and graduates who are within 2 years of graduating.

You must:

  • Have a business, social enterprise or community project.
  • Be based in the UK unless you are applying for the International category.

If you are an international student applying for any category other than the International category you must hold, or be in the process of applying for, a visa to remain in the UK to start a business. Refer to the website for more information about Start Up visas.

How to apply and deadlines

Before you start your application make sure you have read the guidelines (PDF, 89KB).

Step 1

Complete the application form (Word, 42KB).  You will be asked to show:

  • A clear and viable business model.
  • How your business will make money.
  • Your business plans and potential for growth.
  • Evidence of your skills, experience and determination to succeed.

You will also be asked to include a 1 minute video pitch.

Step 2

Complete the submission form. You will be asked to attach your application form to it and will have the opportunity to include an additional document if you want to show visuals of your work.

  • Deadline for applications is Monday 13 June 2022, 5pm (BST).
  • You will be advised if you have been shortlisted by Wednesday 22 June 2022.
  • If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to present to a panel week commencing 27 June 2022.
  • All nominees are invited to the Awards night on 7 July when winners and runners up will be announced.

Please note that all decisions are final.

Apply now.

Supporting you

If you have any questions or believe there are any barriers to your participation in this opportunity, or you have any access requirements you wish to discuss, we would be happy to talk to you.

Please contact

Meet the 2022 Winners

Mariam Sesay
Mariam Sesay

Maker and Product

Winner: My Hapii – Mariam Sesay

A gender-neutral black hair and skin care brand dedicated to zero waste and clean beauty.

Joint runner up: DeeCee Archive - Daniella Chukwuezi

Original tufted rugs which represent stories of home and the post-colonial condition.

Joint runner up: fluid – Eleanor Pipe

A sustainable, size inclusive, slow fashion brand allowing customers to feel comfortable in their changing body and identity.

Runners up mentored by David Crump from Cockpit with training from Cockpit

Joseph Ijoyemi
Joseph Ijoyemi

Freelance and Service

Winner: The Collective Makers – Joseph Ijoyemi

Providing empowerment, connection and mentorship for emerging visual artists.

Support from The Dots and mentored by Michael di Giorgio from Levels

Runner up: The Filthy Fox Auction Club – Paula Pfitzner and Alexandra Hochgürtel

An auction service that sells artworks by London’s art graduates to kickstart their careers.

Photo of international category joint winners Johana Kasalicka and Vishal Tolambia
Johana Kasalicka and Vishal Tolambia


Joint winner: Novy Zine – Johana Kasalicka

Independent Czech publication implementing an augmented reality experience.

Mentored by Yann Mathias from MTArt Agency.

Joint winner: Humanity Centred Designs – Vishal Tolambia

Transforming human-centred design into humanity-centred designs through sustainable practices in the fashion industry.

Mentored by Joao Maraschin

Cassie Quinn
Cassie Quinn

Climate and Environment

Winner: CQ Studio – Cassie Quinn

A regenerative design lab developing innovative textiles for fashion. Making textiles from a range of biological sources including flax, food waste and algae.

Mentored by Becky Artmonsky.

Runner up: - Filip Harding

Making new boxes from old boxes. Helping brands send online retail deliveries more sustainably by capturing value in used materials and reducing waste.

Isabel Conde
Isabel Conde

Social and Community

Winner: Create on the Estate – Isabel Conde

A series of free art workshops for the children of Penmayne House and Landulph House in Lambeth.

Runner up: haav – Neha Mathew

Collaborating with unemployed South Asian women in London to create unique home wear.

Both mentored by Nick Howe from NatWest.

A headshot of Leonardo Zussner
Leonardo Zussner

Digital and Technology

Winner: – Leon Zussner

An app which gamifies the recruitment experience for the next generation of talent.

Joint runner up: Mart – Joshua Davis

A social network to buy, sell & share art and access free art resources.

Joint runner up: unhacked – Moogz O’Donnell

A cybersecurity subscription targeting online micro-businesses, protecting them from email and social media hacking.

All awarded business credits by Miro.