Alex Toft, Head of Minerva Business Angels, part of the University of Warwick Science Park, has been named a Barclays Entrepreneur Awards Regional Icon. The awards are made to individuals who are local thought leaders of influence, who actively contribute to the development of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, and who inspire others.
As Head of Minerva Business Angels, based in the University of Warwick Science Park, Alex has created one of the UK’s most dynamic angel syndicates, growing it across the Midlands into London and Merseyside. In doing so he has helped form the largest syndicated angel network in the UK. Minerva has supported almost 100 companies to raise over £63m in funding.
He said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be recognised by Barclays in such a way. This award, together with Barclays support, helps raise our profile, acknowledges the work we do, and helps us on the journey to build an ecosystem to support businesses, create jobs and build the businesses of the future.”
Juliet Rogan, National Head of High Growth at Barclays, said: “It’s been a difficult time for businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak, which is why it’s more important than ever we celebrate entrepreneurs and recognise their achievements. The awards are a celebration of the exceptional innovation and leadership entrepreneurs show, helping to create social change and growth. This is the fifth year of the awards and as a regional winner Minerva Business Angels will go forward to the national stage, which will recognise businesses from across the UK.”
Professor Simon Swain, Vice-President for National and Regional Engagement at the University of Warwick commented: “I’m delighted to congratulate Alex on his success and for being recognised as one of our region’s leading entrepreneurs. Since 1982, the University of Warwick Science Park has provided an attractive, well equipped environment for knowledge and technology based businesses to grow and provide economic support to our communities – and we greatly look forward to congratulating Alex on his forthcoming national success”.
All regional winners will now go through to the national final. A panel of judges including industry leaders, influencers and eco-system partners will select the eventual winner, with the announcement to be made on November 26th, 2020.