The ELITE programme, delivered by the London Stock Exchange and Imperial College Business School, will provide companies founders, CEOs and executive teams of high growth SMES with a tailored portfolio of business support tools, education services and access to a select group of more than 50 business advisory and investment partners. In addition companies will have access to the programme’s Entrepreneurial Fellow, angel investor Sean Phelan, founder of Multimap.
Professor G ‘Anand’ Anandalingam, Dean of Imperial College Business School, said: “SMEs are fast becoming the key drivers of growth within the UK economy. This partnership with the LSE will enable us to share Imperial’s academic expertise with the founders and executives on the frontline of business innovation. We look forward to helping equip the first ELITE company CEOs with the tools they need to take their businesses to the next level.”
Matthew Hancock MP, Skills and Enterprise Minister, said: “Innovative, imaginative and inspiring small businesses are essential for the British economy and it is part of the Government’s long term economic plan to ensure that they have the right environment to grow. Programmes such as ELITE that offer access to high quality education, advice and support will help businesses scale up in the right way.
“Imperial is at the cutting-edge of links between businesses, entrepreneurs and business education.”