London Met alumni celebrated at prestigious Black British Business Awards

Graduates Jessica Elliott and Yinka Ilori were nominated at the awards, with Ilori winning in his category.

Date: 11 October 2022

London Met alumna Jessica Elliott was nominated as a finalist at the Black British Business Awards for 2022, in the Entrepreneur Rising Stars category.

Jessica founded JE Management, a talent agency representing children and young people in TV, film and theatre. Her business was founded with the aim of creating a diverse and forward thinking organisation, with representation at the heart of it. In her own words, “the agency continues to grow strong, creating an inclusive family where everyone feels welcome no matter their race, ethnicity, religion or background. JE Management is a talent factory that supplies a diverse range of talented stars to A-list global movie-stars directors and producers.”

Jessica had her entrepreneurial start at London Met’s Accelerator, our specialist business incubator that provides student entrepreneurs with all the advice, support, networks, knowledge and resources they need to successfully jump start a business.

In 2010 Jessica won the Business Plan Competition (the predecessor to our Big Idea Challenge), a start-up competition which aims to find and celebrate early stage ideas and the passionate individuals behind them. After winning the award, Jessica based her business’ operations at the Accelerator building in Shoreditch. 

Yinka Ilori, who studied Furniture and Product Design BA won the Rising Star award, adding to the many accolades he has already garnered.

Yinka, of British-Nigerian heritage, specialises in storytelling by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design.

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