We are ecstatic to announce that our 27-year-old CEO Rajeeb Dey has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. The Award, bestowed by The Queen on advice of the Prime Minister to up to ten individuals, recognises those who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs. Changing the world? It does rather seem like he is.
Having worked tirelessly to inspire young people to pursue entrepreneurial career paths and tackling youth unemployment in the UK over the past nine years, Enternships CEO Rajeeb Dey is amongst the youngest honourees in this year’s list.
Not only does the award stand as testament to the work we’re doing over at Enternships, it also honours his other past achievements – setting up the social enterprise Student Voice working to empower school students by giving them a voice in education, as well as co-founding StartUp Britain, the national campaign to inspire, accelerate and celebrate entrepreneurship that was launched by the Prime Minister in March 2011. Other work recognised include his various voluntary roles, such as being a trustee of UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs and the Phoenix Education Trust.
Upon learning of the award, Rajeeb said:
“It is an absolute honour to receive such a prestigious award. At a time of unprecedented levels of youth unemployment its essential we all play our part in supporting young people in seeing entrepreneurship as a viable and rewarding career path. Through Enternships we have been able to connect students to entrepreneurial internships in thousands of businesses, many of whom have gone on to launch their own ventures
To be acknowledged by Her Majesty for my work in this arena is testament to the fact that young people in the UK are more than able to make a difference to the future of the British economy. We’re in the midst of a movement that sees young people not just taking a job but making a job, and I am proud to count myself a part of that.
One such young person who has benefited from Dey’s work is 24 year old former ‘entern’ Ry Morgan, a University of St Andrews graduate who is now CEO of his own sustainability enterprise PleaseCycle, who said
“I met my co-founder whilst doing an “Enternship” with Curb Media. Two years later, PleaseCycle is profitable, creating jobs, and expanding worldwide. It’s thanks to the experience of working within a startup that I was confident launching my own venture upon graduating.”
Rajeeb will be presented his Award by Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP, followed by a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. We could not be more proud of him.
About The Queen’s Awards For Enterprise Promotion
Launched in 2004, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion recognises individuals who have encouraged others into enterprise, by promoting enterprise skills and attitudes in others. Each year up to ten individuals are given the award. The award takes the form of an engraved crystal chalice and a ceremonial Grant of Appointment, which gives details of the award and bears a copy of HM The Queen’s and the Prime Minister’s signatures.