Redhotcurry.com founder Lopa Patel has become the first woman of South Asian extraction to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.
The annual award honours individuals who have played an outstanding role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs.
“It is a huge honour to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion,” says Patel.
“I am particularly proud to have become the first Asian woman to receive this award. Encouraging diversity and entrepreneurship in the world of business is something about which I am extremely passionate. It is my hope that this accolade will provide me with a platform to continue advocating diversity in business, as well as greater innovation of technological skills in industry”.
Whilst she’s best known as the founder of the news and listings website www.redhotcurry.com, Mrs Patel’s work extends well beyond digital media and includes political activism and a slew of community projects, including Sewa Day.
She is also founder and CEO of the equality and diversity think tank, Diversity UK; non-Executive Director of the Ethnic Minority Business Group and a trustee of the educational charity Raha International.
A passionate promoter of science and technology education, Lopa is also an ambassador for STEMNET – the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network which promotes STEM subjects among young people.