Startups Awards 2013: Finalists revealed

29 of Britain’s finest start-ups in the running for the 10th annual awards

Startups.co.uk has today unveiled the names of the UK’s most impressive new businesses selected as finalists of the Startups Awards 2013.

Chosen from hundreds of applicants, the 29 finalists will now go forward to be judged by a panel of some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs and business experts such as Specsavers’ co-founder Dame Mary Perkins, Sarah Tremellen, founder of Bravissimo, and Julien Callède, co-founder of Young Startup of the Year 2012 Made.com.

The awards, celebrating the achievements of Britain’s most exciting and fast growth businesses aged three years and under, are split into 12 different categories, including Mobile Business of the Year, Free-Agent’s Home Based and Freelance Business of the Year, and haysmacintyre’s Innovative Business of the Year.

The overall winner of the top prize, the Simply Business Startups Business of the Year, will be judged and selected from the winners of the other categories.

Among the finalists are “tonight’s going-out app” YPlan which is competing alongside equity-based crowdfunding platform Crowdcube and Cloud.IQ for the category of Funded Business of the Year.

While in the Mumpreneur of the Year category, British skincare brand Merumaya will be going head to head against swimming franchise Turtle Tots, which is nominated for a second year in succession, and family discount website Little Bird.

Winners will be announced at the 10th annual awards ceremony held at the prestigious Kensington Roof Gardens on Friday 6 December 2013.

Previous award winners have gone on to enjoy great success and include well-known brands such as Naked Wines, Wonga.com, BLOTTR and BeatThatQuote.com, which was sold to Google for £37.7m.

Startups.co.uk founder David Lester is positive that many of this year’s finalists will go on to achieve similar acclaim: “From the west in Exeter, north in Motherwell, east in Essex, and south in London, it’s great to see the finalists of our 10th anniversary of the Startups Awards stretch the length and breadth Britain and reflect the diverse make-up of business life.

“The thing that has always marked these awards out is seeing small businesses of almost every flavour competing for the overall title of Startups Business of the Year. Whether you make yoghurt or stationery, own a proprietary technology in Tech City, or are running a great small business from home, the start-up ingenuity and commitment is plain to see.

“We wish all of our finalists luck and await the day of reckoning – our judging day – knowing these outstanding businesses will get the recognition they richly deserve.”

View the finalists here.

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