The Veterans’ Foundation doubles its Heropreneurs Awards 2019 prize to £20,000

Heropreneurs Award Ceremony 2018

The Veterans’ Foundation is proud to announce that it is doubling its prize to £20,000  for this year’s Heropreneurs Awards.

Last year’s prize of £10,000 has been doubled to support small UK veterans’ charities. The winner will be announced at this year’s annual Heropreneurs Awards on 7 November 2019.

The Veterans’ Foundation founder David Shaw explains why they chose to double the prize for 2019: “The Veterans’ Foundation recognises the benefits of the entrepreneurial spirit in some people who work with members of the armed forces community who are in need.  Some of this spirit comes from a single person and sometimes a whole organisation is imbued with it. The Heropreneurs’ team will scrutinise bids and the VF award will go to an organisation, that may be a charity, to help them bring even more benefit to serving or veterans members of the armed forces who are in need."

Heropreneurs put veterans in contact with successful business leaders who freely offer their time to mentor them to help them grow their business from strength to strength.

2019 is the second year that they have held the Heropreneurs Awards, 2018 saw Naga Munchetty hosting the grand ceremony.

The Veterans’ Foundation award seeks to recognise an organisation or individual that has given outstanding help to veterans in need and shown entrepreneurial qualities in their efforts.

2018’s prize of £10,000 was awarded to Deptherapy, a charity that runs adapted scuba diving programs for wounded, injured and sick serving UK Armed Service personnel and veterans who have suffered life-changing mental and/or physical challenges.

Deptherapy’s Richard Cullen told us “The Veterans’ Foundation prize money has part-funded our largest ever expedition in June 2019 when we take 24 program members to Roots Red Sea. As a charity, and as an individual I cannot thank Heropreneurs or the Veterans' Foundation enough. The award is changing veterans' lives”

The Veterans’ Foundation board of trustees will grade each individual or business according to their energy, passion, dedication and innovation amongst other indicators of success. The winner will receive a grant of £20,000, awarded to the charity of their choice.

As Heropreneurs was founded in 2009, they are celebrating a decade of helping entrepreneurial veterans avoid the 50% fail rate when setting up a new business.


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