London Met named as a finalist for prestigious national award

The University has been shortlisted for the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship.

Date: 15 September 2017

London Metropolitan University has been announced as a finalist for a national business award.

The Accelerator, London Met’s business incubator, has been shortlisted for the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship for the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

Toby Kress, Head of the Accelerator, said: “We are delighted to be announced as a finalist for the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship. London Metropolitan University exists to meet the needs of its time and we believe the Accelerator is doing just that by offering students and graduates a chance to turn their business ideas into a reality.”

Professor Dominic Palmer-Brown, Pro Vice Chancellor for Employment Outcomes at London Metropolitan University, said: “The Accelerator offers students and graduates fantastic opportunities to get started with their business ideas. From the Big Ideas Challenge to Launchpad and several other initiatives, they are successfully nurturing the entrepreneurial talents of our students. We are proud this has been recognised and we have been named a finalist in the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship.”

The University has been named as a finalist along with London South Bank University, Royal Agricultural University, Newcastle Business School, Royal College of Art, Coventry University and Teesside University. The winner will be announced on 14 November in an awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.

The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. They will now prepare for live presentations to an expert judging panel who will decide the overall winners.

Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its 16th year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme.