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.
Since selling his own successful business in 1995, Nelson has 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.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is for individuals who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs. As an active business angel, Nelson has directly provided numerous start-up and early stage entrepreneurs with funding, support and mentoring. While there is a certain aura of mystery surrounding business angels, who are largely invisible, Nelson says he is thrilled to receive such an important and prestigious award.
“People like myself become business angels because we want to invest our capital and knowledge into local businesses with the potential to make a significant economic difference. Seventeen years ago my wife and I invested in a Borders company which has grown into one of the largest employers in the area. I feel that we’ve put something back into Scotland, particularly for young people, it’s not just a financial payback but a social one. I am a ‘hands-on’ investor and like to help businesses as well as providing money and if we can have fun along the way, even better.”
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.”
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Nelson has invested in over 30 companies personally and more than 50 as a fund manager and sits on the advisory board for the UK government’s Angel Co-investment Fund. A former Vice President of EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, he was their Business Angel of the Year in 2008.
Recognised internationally as a ‘thought leader’, Nelson has delivered training and mentoring to entrepreneurs and angel investors in many countries including Chile, India, Australia as well as across Europe. He has also provided advice on the establishment and structuring of innovative early stage investment funds and the development of business angel investing at an international level working with The Inter America Development Bank, The International Science and Technology Centre in Moscow, and government agencies in countries such as Jordan, Finland, New Zealand, and Kazakhstan.
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