“I am extremely moved to have receive such an important and prestigious award”
The prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion has been awarded to Nelson Gray, a renowned angel investor and board member of LINC Scotland, the national association for business angels in Scotland.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, recognises individuals who have played an outstanding role in promoting the growth of business enterprise and/or entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others. It is part of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. HM The Queen bestows the Award on the advice of the Prime Minister who is assisted by an Enterprise Promotion Assessment Committee.
As an active business angel, Nelson has directly provided numerous start-up and early stage entrepreneurs with funding, support and mentoring. He has also been a key player in the development of a vibrant business angel community in Scotland, and in helping the LINC model achieve widespread international recognition and adoption.
Speaking on behalf of Scotland’s angel community, David Grahame the Executive Director of LINC Scotland says everyone involved in angel investing is hugely pleased to see Nelson’s contribution recognised with a Queen’s Award. “Over the years Nelson has been a superb champion for the angel community in this country and his activities overseas both for LINC Scotland and as a GlobalScot have helped angel groups around the world set up networks based on the Scottish model.”
Sandy Kennedy, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland added that Nelson’s broader contribution to promoting entrepreneurship has also been significant. “Nelson is passionate about supporting young people and he was a founding member of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, set up to help students in Scotland discover their entrepreneurial talent, as well as a long serving board member of The Entrepreneurial Exchange.”