Invite-only reception for Young Guns entrants to be held at exclusive London venue

Selected 'Future Guns' can network with fellow entrepreneurs and meet judges on August 9 ahead of the Young Guns Class of 2017 awards

Selected Young Guns applicants will have the chance to network with fellow entrepreneurs and meet the judges over drinks and canapes at an exclusive, invite-only summer drinks reception held by Young Guns partner Home House on Wednesday 9 August.

Taking place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, the Future Guns reception will be held at the esteemed London venue; a private members club in Portland Square, Marylebone.

Originally designed by James Wyatt in 1773, the club is located across three Georgian town houses with interiors designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid and the luxury property developers Candy & Candy.

The Future Guns event will be a pre-cursor to the official Young Guns Class of 2017 awards, with those chosen to attend Future Guns by the Growing Business team.

On Friday 15 September, Startups.co.uk will proudly unveil the full Young Guns Class of 2017 during a luncheon at Kensington Roof gardens where successful Young Guns will get to meet fellow members of their class, Young Guns alumni, business journalists and sponsors.

Now in its 15th year, Young Guns celebrates the most promising, disruptive and exceptional entrepreneurs in the country aged 35 and under.

It names 30 new businesses each year, and also recognises Golden Guns (outstanding founders in the alumni) and a haysmacintyre Top Gun (a stellar Young Gun from that year’s class).

Young Guns has a history of identifying some of the UK’s most high profile entrepreneurial talent. Notable alumni include Mind Candy founder Michael Acton-Smith MBE, Notonthehighstreet.com co-founder Holly Tucker MBE, Innocent Drinks Richard Reed and Deliveroo co-founder Will Shu.

To qualify for Young Guns, you should be aged 35 and under, running a privately owned UK business. You should have raised either £1m in external funding or have generated more than £1m in annual turnover.

Alongside financials, businesses will abe assessed on their potential for growth, innovation and their uniqueness.

Find out more about Young Guns and enter here. Entries officially close at midnight on Friday 14 July.

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