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Creative Enterprise Awards

Money and support for your business

Looking to start your own business? Creative Enterprise Awards are funding and support packages to help grow new business ideas and nurture enterprising initiatives developed by UAL students and graduates. Our graduates often go on to launch exciting new creative businesses or social enterprises and we’d like to recognise and celebrate this and support them in their first steps.

The prizes

The awards are run in partnership with industry leaders and organisations. Apply for a grant of up to £5,000 plus a share of prizes including: showcasing opportunities, leading industry mentorship and specialist business training.

Our partners for the 2017 awards were: Cockpit ArtsIt’s Nice ThatArtquestGUAPThe Design LaboratoryLocal Globe and Clarion Events.

The awards ceremony took place on 4 July at Chelsea College of Arts.

What we're looking for

  • Creative business ideas or ideas that make an important social impact
  • An original product or service that addresses a clear market need
  • A good understanding of the market and how you will access it
  • A business model that clearly identifies how the business will make money
  • Evidence of the skills, experience and determination to succeed
  • Overseas trading and sourcing are encouraged; however, projects must have a presence and base in the UK.‌

Open to current UAL students and recent graduates (within 2 years of graduation).

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International students and graduates

International students and graduates who wish to set up a business in the UK after graduating will need to apply for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa. More information is available on our International: Graduate Entrepreneur Visa page.

Further information

CEA Guidelines (Word 32KB)

CEA Application Form (Word 31KB)

Contact us

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