Accelerator is happy to announce the winners of the first ever Commercial Future Awards. The winners in their respective categories The winners of the competition were Eerika Leino , Amelia Rees, Russell Daniels Lake, and Katie Brown.
The Commercial Future Awards provided aspiring creative business owners or freelancers with the opportunity to present their commercially viable designs or business concepts to creative start-up specialists.
Eerika Leino was a winner under the textiles category for the Commercial Future Awards. Eerika is currently a split degree student studying textiles at the CASS and fashion marketing at the business school. Her idea is to launch a fashion brand offering cool clothes for female, urban bicycle commuters. The judges chose Eerika for her passion, fantastic understanding of customer and the thought, research and time that she has put into understanding your audience and marketing/sales channels. She has a plan and she wants to succeed. All of us here at Accelerator are excited to work with her in the future and are ready to help develop her business into a success. For more information on Eerika’s business follow her twitter @velorous

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Amelia Rees is our second winner in the textiles category of the Commercial Future Awards. Amelia is a Textile Design student at the CASS. Amelia is looking to put her prints of products such as home furnishings. Amelia has some great ideas and a good plan for the future. Her creative prints and designs can be seen at or follow her twitter at @reesamelia  The judges chose Amelia because of the quality of her  work, her openness to feedback and what we feel is a great start to her social media and customer engagement channels. Amelia will be able to develop her website, branding, networking, and self-promotion techniques while working with the team here at Accelerator. We look forward to working with her hear in the near future

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Russell Daniels-Lake was the Graphic Design winner. Russell is currently a Graphic Design student at London Met. His ultimate goal is to create his own studio that is on the forefront of ethics and design. Russell’s work can be seen on his website: The judges chose Russell because of his broad skills base, commitment to learning and developing and because he is already working with clients and expanding your network. We are excited to work with Russell at the Hatchery and cannot wait to help him get his business up and running.

Katie Brown was the winner in the fine Art category of the Commercial Future Awards. Katie is a Fine Art student at the CASS and is a trained taxidermist. Katie hopes to set up a business teaching taxidermy workshops and selling her own creations. Katie has a good business plan and has a lot of enthusiasm in regards to starting her own business. The judges chose Katie because of her unique work, understanding of market and most importantly she is already out there making sales and proving demand. We are very excited to get Katie involved with the Hatchery. The energy she brings as well as the community available at the Hatchery will only allow her business to grow further. To Katie’s taxidermy work, check out her website  or follow her on twitter @rust_idrmy.

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We are looking forward to meeting all of the winners this Friday for a tour of the Accelerator facilities. Not only will they all receive a tour, but their prizes from the competition will be arranged having them enter the Hatchery when they graduate!