Heropreneurs winners from 2023

Helping hand: Last year's WBS Bursary Award winner Joe Pollard (centre) with runners-up Isabella Naiduki (right) and Henry Middleton (left)

Warwick Business School is once again offering members of the military community the chance to win a place for free on one of its world-class MBA courses or Executive Diplomas worth up to £64,220.    

For the seventh-year running, WBS has teamed up with Heropreneurs, a charity that supports the business ventures of the Armed Forces community, to offer serving or ex-military personnel, and their families, the opportunity of a full bursary for one of its programmes. 

Applications opened today (March 6) for a process that will culminate in a gala awards ceremony at WBS London at The Shard on November 14.  

The deadline for entries is April 28, and, after a screening process, interviews, and a final assessment by a panel of judges, the winner will be chosen in July.  

Andy Lockett, Dean of WBS and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Heropreneurs for a seventh successive year.  

“Since 2018, the men and women who have come through Heropreneurs and taken our courses have all brought with them impressive skills and an aptitude for leadership and innovation.   

“To those qualities we can add the chance to learn the latest business thinking and research from our world-class academics.” 

The winner of the Warwick Business School Bursary Awards will receive a full scholarship while the runner-up will be awarded a substantial 75 per cent bursary and the third-place contender will receive a 50 per cent grant. 

They will be able to pick from the School’s suite of MBA programmes. Warwick Business School has the top Executive MBA in the UK – and the second best globally – for career progression, according to the Financial Times.

It has also been ranked second in the world and best in the UK in the Financial Times' ranking of the best online MBA programmes, while the Full-time MBA at Warwick is rated sixth in the UK. The School has also recently launched its Accelerator MBA to help professionals speed up their career progression while working.  

Alternatively, they could elect to study one of the school’s shorter more focused Executive Diplomas in Strategic Leadership & Change, Strategy & Innovation, Digital Leadership, Behavioural Science or Advanced Management

Last year’s winner, Armed Forces veteran Joe Pollard, chose to use his 100 per cent bursary for an Executive MBA place at WBS London at The Shard, starting in September 2024.  

Starting his military service in the Royal Navy, Joe was later leading teams in the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and leading partnership development between a number of international intelligence organisations. He is currently transferring his skills to the online retail giant, Amazon. 

“I’m excited to engage with Warwick Business School's diverse community, learning from and contributing to a global network of leaders who approach challenges innovatively and excel in their fields,” Joe said.  

“WBS is more than an institution - it's a platform for collaboration and impact, and I'm excited to be part of this unique opportunity.”  

Runners-up Henry Middleton and Isabella Naiduki opted to join the Accelerator MBA and Global Online MBA, respectively. 

Find out more about the WBS Bursary Award application process.