A note from the Director: Innovation – our interpretation
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Director of Bristol’s iconic Engine Shed, Nick Sturge, has been announced in the Sunday Times prestigious Maserati 100 index; a list of game-changing entrepreneurs who are disrupting the business world. The index is made up of Britain’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs who are supporting the next generation of business talent.
Nick has committed years to the collaboration platform Engine Shed and running the award-winning SETsquared business incubation centre. Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council and University of Bristol, whilst SETsquared was set up by the university and is based at Engine Shed, in the heart of the Enterprise Zone.
The business leader has been recognised for engaging school children in the world of work, as he drives forward the mission to stimulate long term sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He is supporting and connecting business, inspiring young people to get involved, and showcasing to the public and potential inward investors the exciting opportunities that exist at the enterprise hub and incubators.
Nick Sturge, founder of Bristol’s Engine Shed, serial entrepreneur and business start-up adviser, commented: “It’s incredible to be featured in the Maserati 100 for the second year in a row, and alongside such established and reputable leaders. I work with inspiring people every day and I continue to be impressed by the diversity and talent in this region that help create our ecosystem.”
The diverse list features a high calibre of vibrant entrepreneurs, who not only help contribute to the growing UK economy, but also provide much needed support to tomorrow’s business leaders. Over 75% of those listed are under the age of 50, with the average age of disruptors being 38. The South West gained fantastic recognition with 7 of the innovators and disruptors named in the list originating from the Bristol & Bath area, whilst the technology industry made up over 25% of the index.
Iain Dey, serial Sunday Times Business Editor said: “Business disruption has allowed start-up entrepreneurs to turn the tables on big business through innovation.”
The Maserati 100 campaign was launched at the end of 2014 as part of the Italian car brand’s centennial year celebrations. In partnership with the Centre for Entrepreneurs members of the business community were invited to nominate the individuals who they felt should be recognised for their support of the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The collaboration partners have shared values; from the positive impact entrepreneurs have on the economy and society as a whole to the innovation, vision and determination required to succeed. The elite list is recognised by the partnership as they support initiatives and recognise others who do the same, with the final list curated by a panel of experts from the Centre for Entrepreneurs, including its founder, Luke Johnson.