This award recognises a key individual in the UK early-stage investment ecosystem that is taking a leadership role in breaking down barriers for access to equity investment for founders from diverse backgrounds, including women founders, Black and ethnic minority founders, or other overlooked groups.
The award celebrates an individual or organisation in the UK that is acting as a catalyst for change in relation to diversity in investment. Actions can be targeted at founders and/or the investment community. The nominee can be directly investing, supporting the mobilisation of investing, an intermediary, or taking a co-ordination role.
The judges are looking for evidence of innovative approaches, good practice, or new initiatives that are aimed at increasing access to investment for entrepreneurs in key target groups and can demonstrate that they are making a difference to investment in diversity.