I won the Next Generation Awards!

by | Last modified on Apr 12, 2020 | Personal journal

In my last newsletter, I wrote about how I’ve recently started going to networking events for small businesses and startups (mostly as a way to meet new people since moving to Bristol). I’ve never really seen myself as a ‘businessperson’ or Love Her Wild as a ‘startup’. But I’ve come to realise that both those things are absolutely true.

Being entrepreneurial with Love Her Wild doesn’t take away from the cause and community….in fact, it helps me with my mission to get as many women out adventuring as possible.

And calling myself a businessperson (*cringe*) comes down to nothing more than having the confidence to own what I have built (still working on that one!).

Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation was the first networking event I joined in Bristol. Not only have I had the chance to meet some great entrepreneurs and bloggers in my area through their events but I also got to hear about their Next Generation Awards.

I was buzzing when I found out I’d been shortlisted for the final 10. And even more pleased when I heard I’d made the final 3 which came down to a public vote

…..thanks for voting!

Pitching to win

Earlier today I headed into London to the TSB city office where we’d be pitching. I met the other 2 finalists; Rebecca from Paynter Jacket and Michael from Turtle Pack.

We each had 5 minutes to share our business and 10 minutes of Q&A. To say that time went by in a flash would be an understatement!

They told us straight away who had won.

They picked me!!!

As well as a £2,500 investment towards Love Her Wild I’ve also won a year’s free co-working space and mentoring with TSB (very excited about this part).

What will I spend the money on? Initial plans are to invest it on getting some support to help me increase the number of Love Her Wild adventures I can organise and also a marketing campaign so more women hear about the community.

So much more than just the prizes!

I said to the judges that winning would mean so much more than just the prizes and I mean it. The judges I pitched to are hugely successful and inspiring (see below). Gaining their support and words of encouragement has given me a massive boost of confidence.

Maybe it’s time I started thinking bigger and seeing just how many women’s lives I can change through adventure….

Watch this space!!

Thank you Enterprise Nation, TSB and Enterprise Trust for supporting this award and making it happen! And to the judges Helen Booth (CEO, Enterprise Nation), Richard Davies (Director, TSB), Rishi Gupta (co-founder, Zero Waste Club) and Yani Vladimirova (Enterprise Engagement Manger, NACUE)!

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Bex Band

Bex Band

Welcome to my blog! I'm an award-winning adventurer, bestselling author and founder of Love Her Wild. My work and adventures have featured in BBC, The Guardian and Condé Nast. I love nothing more than travelling and getting outdoors on solo and family adventures. Using my years of experience, I provide advice and inspiration on various topics, including wild camping, charity challenges, glamping and travel itineraries.


  1. Mira

    You are an exceptional woman, with a lot of passion, who sticks to the goal and does so much for women. You can be proud of yourself for the way you did and for your contribution to a better world for all of us.
    What a great achievement!

    • Bex Band

      Thank you Mira! xxxx

  2. ca2k716105067Laura

    Congratulations Bex! All your hard work paying off, sounds like an amazing opportunity x

    • Bex Band

      Thank you! It certainly feels like it 🙂 x

  3. Jo Cohen

    Well done Bex! It’s amazing how reframing something can open new doors. As someone who has been making sure that business is not a dirty word in the charity sector for 20 years I know how it can be hard to think of passion projects as business opportunities.
    PS Writing this from my first solo multi day hike in Norfolk-hard but worth it and you helped to inspire me to do it – thanks!

    • Bex Band

      It really is! And the new opportunities came in really fast. So important to keep stretching those comfort zones.
      Wow!! That’s amazing…I hope you’re having a great time 🙂 xxx


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