Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion
22 April 2016
Dr Darrin M Disley (1991) has been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion for his work raising the profile of life sciences business in Cambridge and further afield. The Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting and enhancing enterprise among UK entrepreneurs and companies.
The latest project to receive Dr Disley's support is a new chain of sustainable enterprise cafés that will reinvest 100% of net profits into local communities via educational and enterprise projects. Dr Disley has donated $150,000 to Footprints Cafés, which aims to raise £1 million by 2017.
Dr Disley said,
“Ethical entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything I do and is also a quality which is essential for the development of any successful and sustainable growth business. I am grateful not only to be receiving recognition for the work that I have done, but also to be able support Footprint Cafés mission of addressing global illiteracy, gender inequality and local community development, one fantastic Enterprise Café at a time.”
Dr Disley studied for a PhD in Biotechnology at Trinity Hall and has been the author of numerous papers, patents and conference abstracts and has been an advisor on biotech commercialisation strategies around the world. He has has been involved in the start-up and growth of numerous business ventures and supports academic, entrepreneurship and mentoring programs in the UK.