Back in April, cutting edge online marketplace APOC announced their very first grant scheme, offering young creatives an opportunity to win a £1000 grant, sell their designs on Apoc-store.com and benefit from six months of mentorship from the team at APOC.
“APOC Grant was started as we see how the scales are tipped in favour for some, and we hope that this starts to make at least a small contribution to balance things out,” says Ying Suen, who co-founded APOC alongside Jules Volleberg. “We wanted to make something, in the hopes that we can make even a small difference in the current landscape we see now. APOC Grant hopes to further support our work by giving young creatives from marginalised communities support and an opportunity to break into the fashion and art industry.”
Two months later and the five winning creatives who will receive APOC’s support have finally been announced today. “Through this process, we’ve discovered new designers that we wouldn’t have come across ourselves and choosing was not an easy task,” explains Ying, who along with Jules had to choose just five recipients out of over 600 applicants they received. “In the end, we chose designers that we felt would benefit the most at this stage and we’re excited to work together over the coming months. We hope this can be an annual initiative that helps change the industry’s landscape from what it is now.”
We spoke to the five winning creatives about what receiving the APOC grant means to them and the positive effect it will have on their future projects. A huge congratulations to the five winners, we can’t wait to see what you do over the next six months!