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Honorary Degree For Distinguished Entrepreneurial Specialist

John AndersonThe head of Scotland's leading entrepreneurship network has received an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde.

John Anderson, CEO and founding member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange, presides over an organisation with some 400 members, representing over £14 billion of turnover and around 150,000 employees. He received the award during a graduation ceremony at the University on Thursday, 4 July.

Strathclyde Principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: "As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde seeks to create innovative and effective solutions to global challenges and we select honorary graduates whose achievements reflect this ethos.

"We welcome all of our honorary graduands to the Strathclyde community and recognise not only their accomplishments but also those of our students who are graduating at the same time."

Mr Anderson began his career with accountancy firm Ernst & Whinney, working in London and Chicago, before returning to Scotland to take an MBA, which he completed at Strathclyde. His thesis, entitled Local heroes - Scotland's Entrepreneurial Role Models, formed the basis of a database he developed, which soon listed 600 businesses, and of the Scottish Enterprise Local Heroes project, which he was instrumental in establishing.

In 1995, Mr Anderson helped to found the Entrepreneurial Exchange and to nurture its mission of sharing experiences, knowledge, skills and leadership, with experienced entrepreneurs acting as mentors to others embarking on business ventures.

Mr Anderson is also a Visiting Professor at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, a founding GlobalScot and is a member of the Prince's Trust Scotland Council.

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