Your application

Applications for DBACE 2017 open on Monday January 16 2017, and close at midnight on Sunday March 12, 2017.

To apply, all you need to do is submit a plan that details your creative project or business. Follow our checklist to get going:

  • Sign-up for to DBACE 2017. Once logged in you’ll be able to access the online application. We’ll also send you the latest resources, tips and key deadlines to make sure you’re ready to make a successful application as well as reminders of key deadlines.
  • Check that your university is registered to DBACE here. If your university isn’t on the list, simply ask your tutor to complete this free and short form to get registered – otherwise you won’t be eligible to apply.
  • Create your DBACE Plan – the plan that details your creative project or business. Visit our resources page for tips and guidance.

What is a DBACE plan?

A DBACE plan will help you turn an idea into a reality. It is your chance to tell us more about you, your project, how it will work, and why you need the Award.

The exciting thing about a DBACE plan is that there’s no standard format – we want the plan to reflect you and what you want to achieve. Just have a look at these examples of winning DBACE plans to see how different they can be.

However, there are some key areas to think through when creating your DBACE plan, which is why we’ve created a Guide to Writing your DBACE plan to help you to get started.

Our Guide isn’t a template, but a series of questions and guidance to support you to express your idea. It will provoke you to think about the value of your work, and help you translate your ideas into a practical plan.

Depending on whether you want to launch a creative project or business, some DBACE plans will be project plans, and others will be 3 year business plans. Either way, we need to see a plan that explains why you need the £10,000 and mentoring, and what you will do with it.

Application form

The DBACE online application is quite straightforward. We’ll ask you to upload your DBACE Plan, and we’ll also ask you for:

  • a 100-word project outline
  • one image that represents your work or your project
  • a link to any previous relevant work

And that’s it!  Visit our resources page for more tips, guidance, and support.

What happens after we’ve received your application?

  • You’ll receive an email confirming that we have received your application. We’ll check your application for eligibility, and take it through to a shortlisting panel.
  • A group of shortlisters made up of Deutsche Bank senior managers, previous DBACE winners and creative industry professionals will assess your application. Up to 5 applicants will be shortlisted for each category.
  • If you have been shortlisted, you’ll hear from us by Monday 10 April. We’ll give you feedback from the shortlisting panel, and you’ll have just over a month to prepare your pitch for our panel of judges. Don’t worry, we’ll support you along the way.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a final pitching day on Wednesday 17 May. Judges will include senior Deutsche Bank employees, previous DBACE winners and leaders in the creative industries. Winners will be announced during a ceremony in the evening.

If you have questions about the DBACE process, check out our FAQs, or sign-up to one of our free online info sessions.

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