Entries for The Heropreneurs Awards are now open. The awards celebrate the achievements of serving personnel, veterans and their spouses who have gone into business during, or following, their time in the Armed Forces. They can enter themselves or be nominated by someone else. Entries must be provided on the Heropreneurs website by 24 May 2019.
To enter, go to https://heropreneurs.co.uk/heropreneurs-awards/nominations/ where full descriptions and nomination forms for each category can be found.
The Awards were launched last year by Heropreneurs . A charity that provides free bespoke mentoring and support packages to help ex-Armed Forces personnel and their dependants follow their entrepreneurial spirit and set up new businesses ventures.
Run in association with The Daily 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 Chairman of Cobseo and past Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, include Nick Jenkins, the founder of Moonpig; Lt Gen Sir Andrew Gregory, Controller, SSAFA; Major-General Tom Copinger-Symes who commands Forces Troops Command; Iqbal Wahhab, successful restauranteur and entrepreneur; Matt Caines, Business Editor at the Telegraph; Andrew Quinlan, the founder of Orchard Pig.
A total of 11 Awards will be made in the following categories:
● Business Leader of the Year
● Large Employer of the Year
● Entrepreneur of the Year
● Heropreneur of the Year
● Large Employer of the Year
● Military Partner of the Year
● Small Employer of the Year
● Start-Up of the Year
● Technology Business of the Year – NEW FOR 2019
● 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)
Further details of the Awards can be found at https://heropreneurs.co.uk/heropreneurs-awards/
Chairman of Heropreneurs, Peter Mountford says:
“I founded the Heropreneurs Awards, in association with the Daily Telegraph, to celebrate and bring the public’s awareness to the achievements of people in business that have served in the British Armed Forces. I also wanted to highlight the work that is done by Heropreneurs, which helps Armed Forces veterans and dependents on the road to creating their own businesses – we currently have 68 veterans and spouses actively benefiting from our Mentoring Programme, and over the last 10 years have helped many people on this difficult journey into civvy street.
“We have an expert community of almost 50 highly experienced and successful entrepreneurs and business people as our Business Mentors and they provide their independent and objective services entirely for free and without commercial benefit”.
Chairman of the Judges, General Sir John McColl, KCB, CBE, DSO says:
“Last year I said I was honoured to be asked to be the Head of Judges, having now seen the breadth and quality of the nominations received by The Heropreneurs Awards , I am even more delighted to continue my role for the 2019 event. Military training produces qualities in people that gives them the skills they need to face the challenges they will meet as a potential entrepreneur.
“They are focused, disciplined, determined, and able to use their initiative. With mentoring from Heropreneurs they will gain the advice and support they need to enhance that success.”
The Awards ceremony will take place on 7 November 2019 at a formal dinner in the Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London. There is no charge to enter the Awards or for Finalists to attend the Awards dinner. Sponsors of the Heropreneurs Awards are OBXtek Inc , The Veterans’ Foundation , The Warwick Business School, Further sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For more information contact:
Amanda Rayner, Head of Events – firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Mountford, Chairman of Heropreneurs – email@example.com
Heropreneurs is registered charity number 1136671, and a member of Cobseo, that was formed 10 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.