This award recognises the work that King’s does to support entrepreneurial thinking, skills and experiences amongst King’s students, staff and alumni.
Central to the award win is the King’s20 accelerator initiative, a year-long programme run by the Entrepreneurship Institute. The initiative supports individuals from King’s who are at the start of their business venture journey, or businesses that are already established and are looking to scale up.
To help these new businesses reach their full potential, the programme provides weekly support from Experts-in-Residence, unique access to investment, leadership growth, space and a supportive community. The majority of ventures have successfully launched and many have gone onto grow customer bases, employ people, raise investment and deliver impact.
Over the past the 12 months, the King’s20 accelerator has helped 20 teams gain nearly 400 hours of expert coaching and mentorship, and has generated £227,000 revenue and £430,000 of investment. Those involved have said that the programme has improved their self-confidence, decision-making, creativity and resourcefulness, and has increased their chances of success. Six King's20 entrepreneurs have also won national awards, including the Top 10 tech entrepreneurs in London under 30.
The THE judges praised the Institute’s “broad and inspirational” activities, adding that “King’s College London demonstrates the powerful impact that can be created by fostering an entrepreneurial mind-set alongside a research focus.”