Entries now open for Startups Awards 2016

UK’s most innovative, disruptive and game-changing new businesses can now apply for the 13th annual awards

Applications for the Startups Awards 2016 are now open – giving the UK’s most exciting, high-potential new businesses the opportunity to receive major publicity, validation, and increased exposure.

Now in its 13th year, the Startups Awards has championed a range of innovative start-ups which have gone on to become household names such as Notonthehighstreet.com, Naked Wines, Beer52, Secret Escapes, and last year’s overall winner Appear Here.

The longest running awards of its kind, this year there are 15 categories for start-ups to enter covering everything from Crowdfunded Business of the Year and Export business of the Year, to Woman in Business and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

50 shortlisted businesses will also compete for the title of People’s Champion; an accolade voted for by Startups.co.uk readers and fellow businesses.

Entrants must be privately-owned UK-based companies launched on or after August 1 2012.

You can find the entry form, as well as more information about the awards here.

The awards will be judged by a high-profile panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors with Cath Kidston MBE, Forward Partners’ Nic Brisbourne, Secret Escapes co-founder Tom Valentine, Innocent Drinks co-founder Jon Wright, Charles Tyrwhitt founder Nick Wheeler, and Emma Sinclair MBE, already confirmed among the judging line-up.

The judging panel, with more names to be revealed shortly, will also decide the winner of the ultimate prize; Startups Business of the Year.

The Startups Awards 2016 winners will be revealed on the evening of Thursday 17 November 2016 during a special ceremony at The Royal Garden Hotel.

Startups.co.uk editor, Lucy Wayment, said:

“Every year, the Startups Awards unearths hugely exciting and transformative new businesses and entrepreneurs that continue to make people sit up and pay attention to the start-up community..

“With the UK’s start-up community continuing to flourish and thrive, we’re looking forward to receiving entries from new businesses that will become industry leaders in the years to come!

“Whether you run a mobile app, a home-based business, are an inspiring women, or a successful franchisee, there’s an award category for every and any budding start-up entrepreneur.”

Entries for the 2016 Startups Awards will close on Friday September 2016. Don’t miss out – if you’re a young, innovative business with a killer concept and high potential, click here to enter now!

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