How much does it cost?
We apply a one off administration fee to cover costs of preparation and to contribute towards the cost of judging which is £50 plus VAT. Once you send in your entry form you can make payment here. Winners of the individual categories are automatically entered into the Startups Business of the Year Award. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the judging.
You have the right to withdraw your entry and receive a full refund within seven days of purchase. You will need to email confirmation of your withdrawal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon cancellation your payment will be refunded to the card with which you paid within 14 days and your entry will no longer be valid.
How will I know if I have been successful?
You will be contacted by email and/or telephone by our events team. Finalists will also be listed on the website. We are unable to contact all our entrants, if you have not heard from us by 12 October 2015 then you have not been successful.
If I am shortlisted – what happens next?
Should you make it to the shortlisted stage, we may need to contact you regarding your entry and ask some additional questions. You will need to be available on judging day which is the 28 October 2015, ideally the founder of the company (if not, a senior person) should answer the questions. We will also ask you for your official company information, logo and picture for the website and marketing material, and you will be invited to the Startups Awards ceremony taking place on 27 November 2015.
What criteria do we need to meet?
For every category the judges are looking for a great business.
Great businesses with excellent potential will always rank more highly in the final reckoning. This will be based on revenue growth, profitability, and major client wins.
To be eligible to enter all companies must:
- Have started to trade no earlier than 1 August 2011 and no later than 31 July 2014.
- Be ‘independently owned’. This defined as a business which is substantially owned by its founders and/or a group of independent investors; is not quoted on AIM or any other stock market; and is not a subsidiary or associated company of another business.
- Be UK based.
How many awards are there?
You can enter for 13 awards covering every business area. Winners of these awards categories will be recognised as particularly strong in that area of business. In addition, there is a People’s Champion Award and the Startups Business of the Year Award, both of which cannot be applied for directly.
What can we get out of it?
The public relations opportunities available for finalists and winners are second to none. We will work with you to maximise PR opportunities. Winners and finalists will be provided with a logo to use on marketing literature and letterheads and a template press release to maximise media coverage. Video interviews of all winners from the awards night will be displayed on the website after the awards dinner. In addition the sponsors may also wish to work with companies to create media relationships and partnerships. You will also receive brand awareness amongst the business community and be associated with the values and good reputation of the Startups brand. Above all you will receive recognition and respect for your business success and hard work. You have the opportunity to attend the Startups Awards ceremony on 27 November 2015 which provides you with the unique opportunity to mix and mingle with other start-ups and entrepreneurs, business journalists and industry leaders.
Where and when are the Startups Awards being held?
- 27 November 2015, 6pm-late
- Vinopolis, London Bridge