Calling the UK’s best start-ups! Entries for the Startups 100 2019 are now open

Are you an innovative, disruptive business launched in the last five years? This is your chance to be counted amongst the top UK start-ups Find out more below...

Think your business has what it takes to be counted amongst the UK’s best start-ups…?

Entries are now open for the 11th annual Startups 100 index – the longest-running index of the top UK start-ups.

Once again, we’re looking for the country’s most disruptive, exciting, and promising early-stage businesses launched in the last five years.


Enter the Startups 100 2019 here.


The 2018 index saw renewable energy business Bulb take the top spot, with mattress brand Simba, nut butter brand Pip & Nut, and Climb Online – founded by Apprentice-winner Mark Wright – also in the top 10.


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Together, last year’s 100 companies had raised over £270m in funding, were turning over an average of more than £1.5m, and employed 1,981 between them. That’s a major contribution to the UK economy. This year, we want to make it even bigger.

Read more: The Startups 100 2018 in numbers

Now it’s your chance to gain industry recognition as one of the UK’s best new businesses, as well as a real boost from free media coverage and nationwide exposure.


Am I eligible for the Startups 100?

Worried you don’t have the ‘right type’ of business to enter the Startups 100?

Don’t be. The index represents the whole spectrum of British business. The only thing uniting this diverse array of start-ups is their huge potential, their love of innovation, and their disruptive ideas.

Over the last decade, the ranking has featured everything from an intelligent sex toy company (MysteryVibe), to premium sausages (HECK), children’s bikes (Frog Bikes), and mattresses (eve Sleep).

However, there are some specific criteria you need to meet in order to be eligible for the Startups 100 2019: your business must be UK-based, privately owned and must have launched on, or after, 1 January  2014.

And here’s what the judges are looking for:

  • An innovative USP
  • Exceptional founders
  • Employee numbers and contribution to the company
  • Amount of funding raised or impressive organic growth
  • Traction to date, including current financials
  • Potential for growth
  • Global ambitions

Why should I enter the Startups 100?

The Startups 100 has a history of identifying small companies that go on to achieve big things.

You’ll be in illustrious company. Alumni include Notonthehighstreet.com, Deliveroo, PROPERCORN, Monzo, and Hello Fresh.

What’s more, it’s a respected industry index and attracts significant media attention. This is your chance to gain priceless press coverage across Startups.co.uk, social media, and a range of major UK publications.

In the past, Startups 100 has been picked up by The Guardian, The Independent, Forbes, Real  Business, and Estate Agent Today.

Boosting your profile can help attract key talent, secure new customers, and win favour with potential investors.

What this all leads to is a happier team, a healthier bank balance, and stronger growth.

Enter the Startups 100 2019 here! Entries close on Friday 31 May, with the index announced in July