How do I apply to be a Young Gun 2016?
Once applications open, you simply enter your details in our online application form. If you are successful you will be contacted.
What is the deadline for applications?
Applications will open on 2 June 2016 and we need to receive your application by July 1 2016.
How much does it cost to apply?
It’s free to apply.
If I am shortlisted – what happens next?
Should you make it to the shortlist stage; we will contact you regarding your entry and conduct a formal telephone interview with the business owner or other nominated contact. This interview will help us to select our final 30 Young Guns Class for 2016. This process will take place in June. If you have not heard from us by the 26th July you have not been shortlisted.
How will I know if I have been selected as a Young Gun 2015?
You will be contacted by email and/or telephone by the 27th July.
What happens if I do make it into the Young Gun class of 2015?
You will be invited to attend a photo shoot on 16 September 2016 at Kensington Roof Gardens, followed by a networking lunch to celebrate the achievement of the final 30. The overall Top Gun 2016 will also be announced.
Who are the judges?
Entrants will be judged by Growing Business’ editorial director Ian Wallis, Startups.co.uk and Growing Business editor Lucy Wayment, and representatives from chartered accountants haysmacintyre.
What criteria do we need to meet?
Applications are welcomed from individuals meeting the following criteria:
- You must be aged 35 or under
- You must be the founder, co-founder, managing director, CEO of a privately-owned business
- You should be running a company with a turnover in excess of £1m with fantastic growth potential and/or will have raised £1m plus
- Your business should employ between 5-500 staff
- Able to demonstrate a unique or outstanding proposition, proven in its market and that has experienced considerable success
- You must not be running a lifestyle business (one not created for growth) or a micro business
Can I get feedback if I’m unsuccessful?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants due to the volume of applications.
How many Young Guns are there?
There will be 30 Young Guns in 2016 and one overall haysmacintyre Top Gun.
What do we get out of it?
The public relations opportunities available for finalists and winners are excellent. The Young Guns will also be featured on the home page of Growingbusiness.co.uk in September and will be part of an online special feature on the site. You will be able to attend the Young Guns networking lunch in September which provides you with the unique opportunity to mix and mingle with other young entrepreneurs, business journalists and sponsors. You will also be able to attend all future alumni networking evenings.
Where and when is the Young Guns networking lunch being held?
The Roof Gardens, Kensington on Friday 16 September 2016.
Will I have to pay to attend the lunch?
No, the lunch is free.
If you have a question that isn’t answered here please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7183 4180.
To ensure that you are recognised as a Young Gun in 2016, you’ll need to return your application form to us by July 1 2016. Entry is completely free of charge so you have nothing to lose.
Entries open on June 2 and we look forward to hearing from you!