TSA Member receives MBE

Prof. Vikas Shah, owner of Linen Connect - a TSA Gold Supply Partner for 2018 - has been across the news over the weekend. The Manchester Entrepreneur and digital startup commentator, Professor Vikas Shah has received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to Business and the Economy.

Prof. Shah is one of the UK’s highest profile entrepreneurs and is regularly seen on BBC TV and Sky News as a commentator on business issues.  He has spent many years of his life actively working in the entrepreneurship community, mentoring hundreds of young entrepreneurs and businesses, and playing a key role in the development of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the city. 

The Manchester-based 37-year old (who started his first business aged 14) is Honorary Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan Lisbon MBA.

Prof. Shah, a venture investor in numerous businesses internationally, said: “I was absolutely floored when I found out the news, it took a while to sink in.  I have always gone through life working on things that I’m passionate about, and doing what I can to make a difference.  Receiving an honour like this makes you think and reflect on how far you’ve come, and is one of the few times in life you stop to feel pride in yourself.”

The inspirational business leader is an accomplished public speaker, with international experience of delivering keynotes and providing insights at events including The Economist Annual Conference (EIU), MIT Global Startup Workshop, and Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Prof. Shah is also a multi-award-winning writer, and his online journal Thought Economics features conversations with many high-profile leaders from Noam Chomsky, Sir Richard Branson, Jack Welch to Will.I.Am, Buzz Aldrin and Usain Bolt.

He is also an advocate for causes, speaking publicly on issues ranging from mental health and inequality. During a ten-year fight with depression, he turned to poetry as a source of consolation, healing and reflection, published this year in his new book, ‘3650’. Tony Walsh, the Manchester poet Longfella, said, “these short poems are long on beauty and wisdom.”

Prof. Shah has spent over 15 years actively involved in charities in the UK and internationally.  He is Chairman of the international arts and entrepreneurship NGO In Place of War, Chairman at Manchester’s influential digital culture festival FutureEverything and a trustee at Mustard Tree, which helps tens of thousands impacted by poverty and marginalisation across Greater Manchester.

He is also a member of The UK Industrial Development Advisory Board which advises the UK Government on over £4.5 billion of investments, a board advisor on digital strategy to the British Council and a board member of the General Medical Council, advising on international services and development.

Prof. Shah provides consulting services applying entrepreneurship and over 20 years of real-world business experience to solve problems, find opportunities and help businesses to grow. He is also frequently called upon by CEOs and leaders to provide coaching and mentoring.    

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