Arbuthnot Latham is proud to announce the entrepreneur who has won the third annual Inspiring Innovator of the Year Award.
The Little Coffee Company was crowned the winner at yesterday’s final.
The Little Coffee Company is a group of female farmers who work together to source and produce some of the rarest Jamaican coffee beans in the world, to help fund environmentally-friendly farming projects and to help other female farmers become more economically independent.
Alongside a monetary contribution towards their business venture, The Little Coffee Company will receive a bespoke mentoring package from professional experts, based on their individual needs and goals, to help them refine, implement and grow their startup.
The Little Coffee Company was selected as the winner following a competitive pitch to a panel of experts in entrepreneurship including Paul Beach, Head of Executives & Entrepreneurs at Arbuthnot Latham, Brett Akker, co-founder of LOVESPACE and Sean Reel, serial investor.
The Inspiring Innovator of the Year Award is run in partnership with the Cass Business School at City, University of London.
Now in its third year, the Award was founded to celebrate the exceptional talent in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in London and the South East, and to connect up-and-coming entrepreneurs with experts who can help them realise their growth ambitions.
Lauren LeFranc, Founder of The Little Coffee Company, comments:
“Winning this award means a lot to me and my community in Jamaica. It not only adds credibility to my business but through the mentorship and guidance that Arbuthnot Latham will provide, it will help propel The Little Coffee Company forward to launch our next chapter.
“As a female entrepreneur in the coffee industry, I hope that this also encourages other entrepreneurs like myself to continue to pursue their ambitions and not be afraid to tap into the right networks that will help drive them forwards.”