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Centre for Entrepreneurs

The Centre for Entrepreneurs promotes and supports entrepreneurship in the UK. Legatum launched the Centre in 2013 in partnership with serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson.

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Centre for Entrepreneurs

The Centre for Entrepreneurs promotes and supports entrepreneurship in the UK. Legatum launched the Centre in 2013 in partnership with serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson.

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Background

Legatum believes that entrepreneurship is an engine of growth. When the team met Luke Johnson, they discussed what Legatum should be doing to promote entrepreneurship in the UK. It was out of this meeting of minds that the idea for the Centre for Entrepreneurs was born.

Approach

The work undertaken by the Centre for Entrepreneurs focuses on obstructions to entrepreneurship in the UK, and geographical areas where more regeneration and entrepreneurial thinking are required.

The Centre offers various entrepreneurial development programmes, builds entrepreneurial communities and engages policymakers in key conversations around innovation. Research reports drive the Centre’s work and consider entrepreneurship's necessity, the barriers to opportunity, and how to unlock the potential for neglected and marginalised communities and individuals.

The Centre operates as a think tank for entrepreneurship by producing a series of research reports on topics such as prison entrepreneurship, the importance of immigrant entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurship can rejuvenate British seaside towns. Another example of their work is the Refugee Entrepreneurship Pilot Programme, jointly funded by the National Lottery and the Home Office. The Centre has also worked with, led and supported Start Up Britain.

Analysis

In 2017, the Centre joined forces with New Entrepreneurs Foundation to become the UK's entrepreneurial powerhouse, which was made possible through the support and dedication of Letter One. This is an excellent example of how Legatum originates, incubates and then scales and releases its ideas into the world.

Today, the Centre runs the NEF+ Fast Track programme, a 12-month entrepreneurship programme providing mentorship, training, networking opportunities and real-world business experience to each of its participants.

Stat Icon JOBS
2,600
jobs created through NEF+ scheme since 2011
Stat Icon IINVESTMENT
£140m
raised in investment through NEF+ scheme since 2011
Stat Icon LIVES
319
startup leaders developed through NEF+ scheme since 2011
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