Why should start-ups enter the Startups 100 2017 index?

"To be considered one of Britain's most exciting and disruptive start-ups is a massive achievement" - Startups 100 2016 alumni

You have until midnight this Friday to enter the esteemed Startups 100 2017 – the annual index, sponsored by AXA Business Insurance, of the UK’s most inspiring new businesses launched in the last three years.

Enter the Startups 100 2017

With applications rolling in, we wanted to take the opportunity to encourage you, our start-up readers, to apply but we wanted to be as honest and transparent as possible. After all, we know that some indexes and awards can, sometimes, sound too good to be true. (Disclaimer: Our index is as good as it sounds!)

So, instead of us telling you just how special the Startups 100 is, how your business could benefit and how it champions businesses set for entrepreneurial stardom, we thought it best to let others do the talking.

And who better than previous Startups 100-winning companies?

Here’s what some of our Startups 100 2016 alumni had to say on what the index meant to them…

It generates PR and gets your business noticed, for free

Stuart McClure, founder and CMO of Love the Sales, which ranked number 95 in the Startups 100 2016:

“Being featured in the Startups 100 was great!  Off the back of the announcement we saw an immediate spike in interest of our product, and the PR it generated meant we were featured in a number of other publications and mainstream media.

“We also went on to win a major start-up competition; they approached us to enter after seeing the Startups 100 list!”

It’s testament to hard work and creativity

Dan Gandesha, CEO of Property Partner, which featured in number 16 in last year’s Startups 100 index – 20 spots up from its feature in the Startups 100 2015:

“It was an honour to feature alongside such illustrious companies in the Startups 100 2016.

“When you do a roll call of previous winners, and look at the phenomenal success of so many of them, you realise just what it means to make the list. Appearing in the top 20 is testament to the hard work and creativity of our dedicated team here at Property Partner. 

“There is such a rich pool of entrepreneurial talent in the UK, to be considered one of Britain’s most exciting and disruptive startups is a major achievement, and one that we are extremely proud of.”

Avin Rabheru, founder of Housekeep – which has featured in the Startups 100 for two consecutive years – agrees:

“It’s great for our team to see how their hard work ranks alongside the 100 most exciting businesses in the UK. We’re extremely proud that their efforts have seen us climb over 50 places since we first made it onto the list”.

It’s a huge profile opportunity for a new business

Ed Relf, co-founder and CEO of Laundrapp, which featured at number 18 in the Startups 100 2016 list, and at number 29 in the 2015 list:

“As an early-stage but fast growing start-up, the Startups 100 is a great opportunity to not only promote our business but, also, to celebrate great British success stories.

“The Startups 100 has been a huge profiling opportunity for our business.”

It can boost revenues – yes, really

James Jenkins-Yates, founder of AiSsorted, which took the 58th spot in the Startups 100 2016:

“The Startups 100 index is an excellent indicator of the most exciting start-ups for that year.

“For us it meant more clicks on our ads and more revenue because of that.”

Inspired to enter your business for the Startups 100 2017? Well, what are you waiting for? Download the entry form here. Entries close at midnight on March 31 2017.

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