Professor Richard Harrison, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Edinburgh Business School and Professor Colin Mason, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow – winners of the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for Outstanding Impact in Business.
One of the key features of the development of a more entrepreneurial economy in the UK over the past 25 years has been the emergence of the business angel investment community as a major source of funding for new and growing ventures. Business angels are typically wealthy individuals who invest their personal capital in small businesses (typically start-up or early stage) in return for an equity stake. Indeed, business angels contribute more finance to entrepreneurial ventures than the institutional venture capital market. Continue reading
The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic or societal impacts. It celebrates outstanding ESRC research and success in collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities that have led to significant impact. The 2015 awards ceremony took place in London on 24 June. Here are the 2015 winners.
Ian Scoones, Director ESRC STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex – Second prize winner of the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for Outstanding International Impact.
Generating impact takes time. And this is especially so when research challenges conventional wisdoms and entrenched interests. This is the lesson from our ESRC-funded research in Zimbabwe over the past 15 years, through which we have collected data on changing livelihoods following land reform, now in several parts of the country.
Gradually, evidence has accumulated that challenges the oft-repeated narrative that the Zimbabwean land reform of 2000 was an unmitigated disaster. Instead, a more complex picture emerges: some considerable successes, especially among small-scale farmers, and some failures, perhaps especially on the larger-scale farms. Continue reading