Cass alumna wins at the Women of the Future Awards

Cass Business School alumna Beth Hepworth won the MBA Star category at the recent Women of the Future Awards.

Described by judges as an “entrepreneurial sharp-shooter who’s going places”, Beth has turned her passion for the Middle East and Africa into a successful research and advisory firm, Frontier MEA, which she co-founded in 2009. The firm is backed by the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund and specialises in business intelligence on frontier markets, providing a vital connection between fast-growing economies and the rest of the world.

Beth said: “I am honoured to win the award when you look at the profiles of the nominees – all very talented individuals. It comes at quite a pivotal moment for our company with a flurry of post investment expansion activity into new markets, which is exciting and daunting in fairly equal measures. I hope I can live up to this award and make a success of it.”

Jane Reoch, Investment Director for the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, said: “”We are delighted to be helping Cass entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions. Frontier MEA is an exciting company, operating in high-potential markets. Beth Hepworth was a top-performing Cass MBA student, and Frontier is a great example of driving business growth in new territories.”

Hosted by Real Business and sponsored by Shell the awards are in their eighth year and are the largest national search for exceptionally talented women. They were launched by the Women of the Future network as a platform for promoting successful young women in the UK.