2020 Winners

The winners of the 2020 National Enterprise Educator Awards have been announced.

Enterprise Catalyst – an individual or team from HE or FE who are delivering exceptional enterprise education or practice inside or outside the curriculum.

The winner was Dr Harveen Chugh of Imperial College London. 

Dr Harveen Chugh is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Business School, Imperial College London. She works with hundreds of entrepreneurial students every year and has developed a new GROE model (Goal, Reality, Order, Experiment) of coaching. She has also co-founded a national ‘Coaching and Mentoring Best Practice Network’ for entrepreneurship educators.

Scotland’s Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Educators’ Programme (SEE), University of the Highlands and Islands and An innovative approach to broadening the appeal of the Enterprise Sandwich Year Placement, Sheffield Hallam University were Highly Commended.

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Entrepreneurship Catalyst – an individual or team from HE or FE who are delivering exceptional entrepreneurship education or practice inside or outside the curriculum. Category sponsored by SimVenture Business Simulations.

The winner was Summer Start-Up Week – “A National Collaboration”, All 23 Universities and Colleges across Wales.

Summer Start -Up Week was an innovative online collaboration between all Welsh FE and HE Institutions to address the need to support and enable pre-start and early stage businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. Campus closure from 21st March provided a unique opportunity to bring Welsh Enterprise Champions together to devise, plan and deliver a week-long online boot-camp and start-up community for 500+ aspiring and nascent entrepreneurs.

Creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem, The University of Hertfordshire and Entrepreneurial Business Management at Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, Northumbria University at Newcastle were highly commended.

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Rising Star in Enterprise Education – an exceptional individual at the early stage of their enterprise or entrepreneurship education or practice career in HE or FE who is making an exceptional contribution while demonstrating their potential for transformational future impact. Category sponsored by SimVenture Business Simulations.

The Winner was Christopher Shannon of Ulster University

Since taking up his role in 2017, Chris has successfully designed and implemented all extracurricular student enterprise and entrepreneurship support services at Ulster University. He has personally supported the creation of hundreds of new businesses, engaged thousands of students in entrepreneurial activities and influenced policy at an institutional and regional level. Chris’ drive and enthusiasm has led to transformational impact locally and across the institution and his enterprising approach to service development has been recognised internationally as best practice.

Kelly Jordan of Swansea University and Emily Davies of the University of Exeter were highly commended.

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Pioneer in Enterprise Education – an exceptional individual who is actively influencing and driving transformational change and creating impact related to enterprise and entrepreneurship education or practice within their organisation and across the sector. Category sponsored Simply Do Ideas.

The winner was Ben Mumby-Croft of Imperial College London.

Ben Mumby-Croft is Director of Imperial Enterprise Lab and has spent 15 years helping innovators on their entrepreneurial journeys at Oxford University, Anglia Ruskin University, City University London and Imperial College London, in addition to starting and running his own businesses. Creator of The Big Pitch, UK’s first video pitching-based competition in 2011, winner of the NACUE Enterprise Champion Award in 2015, he continues to innovate with initiatives like The Pioneer Fund at Imperial College London.

Dr Sarah Preedy of Plymouth Marjon University and Alan Murray of the University of the West of Scotland were highly commended.

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Inclusive Enterprise Education Award – an additional award that will be conferred on one entry from any of the above four categories and designed to recognise excellence in driving change in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) in enterprise and entrepreneurship education or practice

The winner was LSE Generate – Build a Business, Change the World, London School of Economics.

LSE Generate is the University’s global entrepreneurship programme aimed at supporting the creation and growth of socially responsible business ideas, here in the UK and across the world.  The innovative events and skills development programme supports over 2000 students and alumni each year and offers mentoring, funding, experiential events, an impact accelerator and co-working space for any student at the School who wants to create and scale a business that contributes to a better tomorrow.

Creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem, the University of Hertfordshire and Entrepreneurial Business Management at Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, Northumbria University at Newcastle were highly commended.

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People’s Choice

All of the above shortlisted entries were invited to submit a short video for online public voting to determine the winner of an additional ‘People’s Choice’ award.

The winner was Dr Harveen Chugh of Imperial College London.