Design Ventura Announce 2014 Prize Winners

Published 3rd December 2015

A panel of judges led by Sebastian Conran for the Design Museum’s annual Design Ventura celebrated the achievements of this year’s ten shortlisted schools at an exhibition and VIP reception at the Museum in London on Wednesday 11 February when the winning team for 2015 was announced. The project, with the theme of ‘Connect’ this year, challenges students aged 13 to 16 to meet a real-life design brief, with mentoring from professional designers and employees at Deutsche Bank, which has supported Design Ventura for five years as part of Born to Be, its youth engagement programme.

The overall winner for 2015 is Burnage Academy in Manchester for their product Kard’Lapse, laser cut acrylic ‘connectors’ which offer endless hours of fun by enabling playing cards to be built into sculptures. The Burnage Academy team, Mushahid Ali, Muaz Wasti, Adil Ahmed, Saaqib Shehzaad, Ahmad Nurruedin, and Healal Uddin, will oversee all aspects of the production of their winning concept including packaging, pricing and promotion for it to be launched in July and go on sale in the Design Museum shop alongside the latest design conscious products. Profits from sales will go to Burnage Academy’s chosen charity.

‘The Design Ventura project has been a great learning experience for our students, the opportunity to apply 'real world' design and enterprise practice and venture outside of the classroom has been invaluable.’ commented Steve Bentley, Head of Design Technology, at Burnage Academy. ‘It is the first year we have entered the competition and obviously we are incredibly proud to have won.’

Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & Corporate Citizenship at Deutsche Bank, explained, ‘The creative industries account for £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy. Young people need transferable skills which serve this fast growing sector and equip them for life. Design Ventura encourages success by combining innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and team collaboration; a model which breeds success in life and business.’

You can read more about the challenge here.

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