The founders of Manchester-based PR social enterprise Yellow Jigsaw, Kirsty Day and Grace Dyke, have made the final 19 of a national funding competition delivered by Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE) to win investment for their primary school literacy and media programme, Media Cubs.
The not-for-profit programme, currently piloted across Trafford thanks to funding secured by Trafford Housing Trust, transforms the classroom into the newsroom and children into news reporters.
The competition will see the pair compete in a series of live pitches, with the final five contestants battling for a slice of the £50,000 prize money in July.
Former MEN journalist and co-founder of the programme, Kirsty Day, said: “It’s fantastic to make the final stages of this completion and hopefully secure funding for a programme that we passionately believe in.
“Media Cubs is on a mission to inspire the next generation to believe that they can use the power of words to influence the world around them, and we hope with the support of DBACE we can achieve this mission on a national scale.”
MeWe360, who facilitate the competition, said: “Congratulations to the 19 DBACE applicants who’ve made it to the next round of the competition. We received nearly 400 applications and had to make some tough decisions, however this shortlisted group went above and beyond.”