The Heropreneurs awards are open for entries

The Heropreneurs Awards is a new initiative created to celebrate the achievements of ex-Armed Forces personnel in business.  It is run by Heropreneurs, the charity created in 2009, that helps ex-Armed Forces personnel and their dependants on the road to creating their own businesses.  The Awards are run in association with The Telegraph and the Warwick Business School, and with support from the Ministry of Defence.

The Judges for the Heropreneurs Awards are all exceptional people who have been recruited from the world of business, politics, and the Armed Forces.  Chaired by General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO, the Judges include Paddy Ashdown, Major General Andrew Pringle CB CBE, Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB (Controller, SSAFA), Chris Weston (CEO – Aggreko plc), Andrew Brode (Chairman – RWS Holdings plc), Rear Admiral Alex Burton (CEO – EWaterPay), Emma Jones (Founder – Enterprise Nation), and Emma Willis  MBE DL (Founder – Style for Soldiers).

The Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP, Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, who will be presenting the top award for the Heropreneur of the Year said, “Many people have left the Armed Forces and created their own successful businesses.  I am delighted to have been invited to attend the Heropreneurs Awards and to join people from the worlds of business, and the Armed Forces, in celebrating these achievements.”

Peter Mountford, Chairman of Heropreneurs added, “People who have served in the Armed Forces have many skills and abilities that can be used to create great and inspiring businesses once back in civilian life.  Heropreneurs now wants to celebrate the significant accomplishments of ex-Armed Forces personnel in the business world through The Heropreneurs Awards.”

A total of eight Awards[1] will be made in the following categories:

  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Employer of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Heropreneur of the Year
  • Military Partner of the Year
  • Start-Up of the Year 
  • Veterans’ Foundation Award
  • Warwick Business School Award (the winner of this Award will receive a bursary of 100% to complete an MBA with the Warwick Business School)

The Awards ceremony will take place on 14 November 2018 at a formal dinner in the Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London and will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Naga Munchetty.

There is no charge to enter the Awards or for Finalists to attend the Awards dinner.

To enter please go to where full descriptions and nomination forms for each category can be found.

[1] Further details of the Awards can be found at

Further sponsorship opportunities are also available.


For more information contact

Peter Mountford, Chairman of Heropreneurs, or 07774 842761
Amanda Rayner, Head of Events,  or 01494 671332

Note about Heropreneurs

Heropreneurs is registered charity number 1136671, and a member of Cobseo, that was formed 9 years ago to help anyone from the Armed Forces, or their dependants, who wish to start a business or who have created their own business but need strategic help. Heropreneurs runs a free Mentoring Programme that anyone who has served in the Armed Forces can apply to join.  Mentors are very carefully chosen and are all successful entrepreneurs or business people who give their time entirely for free.  Heropreneurs does not promote entrepreneurship for the sake of it, as 50% of new start-ups fail in their first 4 years, and takes a highly responsible and ethical approach to the help that it gives.  Heropreneurs does not employ a CEO, has no offices, and is run by volunteers who willingly give their time for free and who receive no financial benefit from their involvement.

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