Graham Shapiro is a self-made businessman, designer, inventor and digital entrepreneur whose career trajectory has been said to be truly inspirational, particularly to young entrepreneurs.

Appointed as an Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge, Graham has acted as a mentor in Schools, Colleges and Universities. He has advised The Institute of Directors, Chartered Institute of Marketing and others. It has been shown that Graham telling his own story can inspire young people, especially dynamic young designers and business leaders.

Graham said:

“My work as an Ambassador of Innovation enables me to give something back to the industry and I must say, it is rewarding to engage with young entrepreneurs, those who are maybe destined to become the design talent of the future. I enjoy highlighting new initiatives and ideas, encouraging, educating and empowering innovative entrepreneurs to achieve their potential.”  He added: “I want to help them to believe in their dreams.”

Graham Shapiro is also an Entrepreneur in Residence and on the advisory board for The Business Research Institute at the University of Chester.

Annually The Graham Shapiro Foundation will offer the students at Universities, an opportunity to pitch the most innovative idea, based upon their research.

The Graham Shapiro Foundation Award for Innovation is essentially a competition that has been created to both highlight and reward students who have demonstrated that they are innovative entrepreneurs. They must show that they have identified a commercial opportunity based upon their research but of equal importance, show that they have the drive and vision to transform innovation into enterprise.

The competition is open to all students and is endowed with additional cash to help contribute to the further development of truly inspirational ideas.