Alumna named amongst UK’s top BAME entrepreneurs

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17 November 2020

Hertfordshire Business School graduate Anu Panesar (BA(Hons) International Business – 2015) has been named amongst the UK’s top BAME Entrepreneurs.

TechRound’s BAME 50 Entrepreneurs Under 50, ranks the top 50 BAME – driven and founded businesses and startups in the UK.

Anu is the Operations Director of Aspiring Panda, a cloud computing and IT development company and the founder of Aspiring Women, a platform for female entrepreneurs that offers regular events and support for women of all backgrounds.

She is also a Hertfordshire Business School Mentor and Member of the Board of Advisors for our International Business Programme.

Expert panel

The announcement follows a week of judging from an expert panel including Linda Plant; renowned interviewer on BBC’s The Apprentice, as well as Rajeeb Dey, co-Founder of Learnebly and Startup Britain, Kike Oniwinde, Former Team GB athlete and CEO of BYP Network and Bindi Karia, the UK’s ‘Queen of Startups.’

Other finalists included Eric Yuan, founder of Zoom, Nitin Passi of Missguided and Nicky Raithatha of Moonpig.com.

Speaking about her recognition Anu said, “I am honoured to be included in TechRound’s Top 50 BAME Entrepreneurs list this year. This is recognition that I would like to dedicate to women who are working on themselves and their dreams every day. With only six out of every 100 entrepreneurs in the UK identifying as women, we are a rare species and I hope that my journey can inspire others to join me in bringing more women to the boardroom and to entrepreneurship.”

Aspiring Women

On the subject of Aspiring Women she added, “I started Aspiring Women to encourage more women to step into spaces they haven’t before. Behind the glamour we see on Instagram and social media there are real women who run businesses and work around their children, real women who struggle with mental health yet find ways to bring their projects to life, real women who suffer from imposter syndrome and despite this strive to meet their aspirations.

“I wanted to share their stories and highlight role models in a raw and unfiltered way in a bid to make that leap of faith easier for more women to show up in positions of leadership, as founders and in the boardroom. We are currently in the process of creating the Aspiring Women platform.”

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