Business angels in the UK

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.

Professor Colin Mason and Professor Richard Harrison

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

Picture of the week: Celebrating Impact Prize winners 2015

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.