Calling the UK’s best new businesses: The Startups 100 2018 is now open for entries!

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We are a team of writers, experimenters and researchers providing you with the best advice with zero bias or partiality. is calling on the cream of the crop of UK start-ups to enter the prestigious annual Startups 100 2018 index.

This is the ninth year for the Startups 100 – the longest-running ranking of its kind – which celebrates the country’s most disruptive, promising, and exciting early-stage businesses launched in the last three years.

Awarded Silver Editorial Campaign of the Year by the British Media Awards, many Startups 100 alumni companies have gone on to achieve global success and have  become household names including, Deliveroo, PROPERCORN and Hello Fresh.

More than just recognition in an industry-renowned index, Startups 100 companies can attract new clients, receive free PR on a national scale, and secure investment – many alumni companies have attracted investors via the Startups 100.

eve Sleep took the much-coveted top spot in the Startups 100 2017 index after achieving exceptional global growth.

Since its win, the business has gone on to cement its position as one of the most aspirational businesses in the UK, forming a partnership with Mothercare for Finnish-style baby boxes, and moving into a new vertical with fashion brand Folk for sleepwear and bedding.

Also named in the Startups 100 2017 index were some of the UK’s most promising up-and-coming brands including Monzo, MysteryVibe, Pip & Nut, and Bulb. Between them, the 100 businesses featured in the Startups 100 2017 employed 2,187 staff and had an average turnover of £1.64m.

To be eligible for the Startups 100 2018, your business must be UK-based, privately owned and must have launched on, or after, January 1 2015.

Your company will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • 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

If you think your business has what it takes, enter the Startups 100 2018 here. The index will be announced on May 21 2018.

Megan Dunsby, projects editor of, commented:

“We’re proud to have identified some of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming businesses over the last few years and celebrated the start-ups that showcase the rich and diverse entrepreneurial landscape that exists in this country.

“Whether it’s your maverick approach, funding success, or huge potential, if you think your business has what it takes to be included in the illustrious Startups 100 index we want to hear from you.

“In return you’ll receive widespread exposure and recognition. Don’t hesitate! Enter the Startups 100 2018 today!”

The deadline for entries is 23 March 2018. Don’t miss your chance to enter the Startups 100 and Tweet your support using #Startups100.

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