Eighteen alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme have been made Visiting Industrial Fellows by Aston University — including our own Sarah Crawley, chief exec of iSE.
The awards were made on the 3rd June 2015 by Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Programme Director of the Goldman Sachs programme and Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean, Aston Business School.
Visiting Industrial Fellowships are awarded in recognition of the contribution individuals have made to the university’s understanding, experience and awareness of business growth and entrepreneurship.
This is the second time that members of the 10,000 Small Businesses programme alumni have been recognised in this way and a total of thirty-one business owners now hold this title.
Other social entrepreneurs honoured in 2014 include Indi Deol of award-winning media company Aidem Digital CIC, Daniella Genas of events management company Aspire4u, Kevin Davis of community development trust The Vine Trust (Walsall), and Charles Rapson of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Midlands.
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, which is run by Aston University, is designed to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises by providing access to a combination of education and support services. The programme is funded in the UK by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
We congratulate Sarah and all the other social entrepreneur alumni of the Goldman Sachs programme who are adding to the reputation and recognition of the social enterprise sector in Birmingham and beyond.