Legatum holds the belief that economic progress and good governance emerge from entrepreneurship and innovations that empower ordinary citizens. With this as a goal, Legatum Foundation co-founded the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) in October 2013 with Sunday Times columnist and serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson.
Today, CFE is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurship think tanks. Since its launch, the Centre has advocated in-prison entrepreneurship programmes, uncovered how entrepreneurs are reviving seaside towns, championed angel investors as Britain’s unsung heroes and shattered negative stereotypes affecting women entrepreneurs. It has also published never-before-seen data on migrant entrepreneurs, annual company formation rates and local authority SME spending.
In 2017, the Centre was acquired by The New Entrepreneurs Foundation in order to form a unified charitable foundation to undertake research, campaigns and programmes to advance entrepreneurship across the UK.
Between 2014 and 2017 the Centre took stewardship of the national enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain. The CFE team more than doubled the StartUp Britain network and ran two highly successful national bus tours as well as London and South Wales tours, visiting 70 towns and cities to provide free, impartial business advice to over 10,000 aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs.