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Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Successful alumni businesses often go under the radar as ventures burgeon five or ten years down the line – all over the world. These awards recognise those alumni building remarkable businesses and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Growing a thriving business throws up enormous challenges, and current students can learn a lot from those who have overcome obstacles and stuck with it.
The award is also a way of showing that the School’s entrepreneurship programmes have real-world impact, and that what you learn in your time at the School can be applied to your future entrepreneurial goals.
The two awards include:
The awards are judged by a committee of previous award winners and the criteria includes the venture’s sales and profit levels, proven ability to raise capital, record in creating employment and the inventiveness of its business model.
The winner is immortalised with a plaque in the Ratcliffe Building.
Early Stage Venture Winner:
Franz Thomas Fuerst Managing Director / CEO WebID solutions GMBH
Programme MBA 1996
WebID solutions GMBH is the initiator of a fully AML-compliant video identification and is now positioning itself to become one of the premier players in the global identity management space. They provide seamless online processes for identification and signature anytime, anywhere, from any device. WebID has created a brand new space with AML-compliant video identification, receiving approval from the German Federal Ministry of Finance as the first company ever. WebID was also the creator of the first signature service based on the Qualified Electronic Signature as defined by the eIDAS regulation, enabling a real-time online lending process for the first time in Central Europe.
Later Stage Venture winner
Saurav Chopra CEO and Co-Founder Perkbox
Programme: MBA 2004
Perkbox is a cloud-based employee perks and engagement platform serving business of all sizes. Perkbox believes that happy and engaged employees perform better and stick around for longer. To that end, they’ve created a platform that rewards and recognises employees to help build happier, more productive company cultures.