A Creative Enterprise Award can help you if you are looking to start your own business, or grow an existing one. Our graduates often go on to launch exciting new creative businesses or social enterprises and we’d like to celebrate this and support them in their first steps.
Creative Enterprise Awards are funding and support packages from UAL Careers and Employability to help grow new business ideas and nurture enterprising initiatives developed by UAL students and graduates.
Award categories are now closed
The awards are run in partnership with industry leaders and organisations. Prizes are given to category winners and selected runners-up. Prizes include; grants up to £5,000, award trophies, showcasing opportunities, leading industry mentorship and specialist business training.
What we look for
An idea or business that demonstrates one or more of the following:
- Creative businesses or projects with a positive social aim, or ethical practice
- An original product or service that addresses a clear market need
- Community engaged projects/interventions
- An idea with good growth potential
- Scope for international relationships/trade
- A strong focus on technology (not limited to digital technologies)
- A freelance or service-based creative business
- An artist or maker with a commercial practise.
Your application and pitch should include:
- A business model that clearly identifies how the business will be sustainable
- Evidence of your skills, experience and determination to succeed
- Market Research
- Demonstrate your plans and potential for growth
Open to current UAL students and recent graduates (within 2 years of graduation).
How to apply
Applications are now closed for 2021.
The Award categories
Winner: The Amateur Weather Observers by Rosanna Lawson and Laura Emsley. Hand knitted, sustainable, made-to-order knitwear. Mentored by David Crump from Cockpit Arts with training from Cockpit Arts.
2. Social Enterprise
Winner: Chamiah Dewey Fashion by Chamiah Dewey. Adaptive clothing for little women. A sustainable, womenswear brand for women with Dwarfism. Mentored by Becky Artmonsky.
3. Community project
Winner:Platform Black by Tobi Alexandra Falade and Alicia-Pearl Cato. A platform which supports and provides a community for black creatives through events that create change. Mentored by Kei Maye from Creative Champs.
Winner: Helping Yourself by Georgina Twamley. The home of mental wellness online. Digital platform & community, available on our partly free, partly premium website and app. Mentored by Malin Persson from Adobe.
Winner: REHAP by Janet Choi a rehabilitation tool for stroke patients, for strength training and synchronised movements. Mentored by Samuel Fry from IBM iX.
Winner: Blackmarket Refills by Martina Schwarz, hand wash refills which require no single-use plastic, made of dissolvable packaging and a waterless concentrate. Mentored by Brendan McKnight from The Dots.
7. Graduate Showcase
Winner: Fixed-Sail Artificial Jellyfish by Henry Parkin. A device which sails on the surface of water, extracting microplastics from water using ferrofluid.
Get support for your application
To help you prepare for your application, get support in the following ways:
- Attend our Enterprise Programme of events throughout the year
- Get one to one business planning advice
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 Start-up Visa. More information is available on our International Start-up Visa page.