The ‘Triple Crown’ has become synonymous with winning Rugby Union’s Home-Nations contest. However, in recent months another more entrepreneurial triple endeavour has been recognised …
In November 2015 the University of Leeds won The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship announced at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards on 10 November. The award, recommended in Lord Young’s Enterprise for All report, recognised the University’s role in encouraging and enabling student entrepreneurship and supporting high growth small businesses in the region.
Secondly, and in the same month, the University was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards. Seen as the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector, the award recognised the University’s role in offering opportunities for student entrepreneurship, the support provided for small businesses in the region and its significant innovation and IP commercialisation work.
And thirdly, March 2016 brought forward the final jewel in the Triple Crown for Enterprise … the University of Leeds won the national Guardian University Entrepreneurship Award for its enterprising approach to supporting students. The InTechnology Enterprise Incubator programme, which provides much-needed physical space on campus, it offers the full package of business advice, practical support and access to financial assistance, proved to be the winning initiative for the Guardian awards.
These awards are the ultimate accolade for any enterprising university and the culmination of years of hard work across the whole university. From student start-ups to university spin-out companies and from exceptional enterprise education to supporting high-growth firms in the region, what differentiates Leeds is our commitment to commercialising world leading research and enabling enterprise students and graduates to make economic, social and cultural impact. Building this sector leading enterprise offer is the result of the support and collaboration of staff, students, alumni and entrepreneurs – a winning entrepreneurial team.
Professor Nigel Lockett
Professor of Enterprise at Leeds University Business School