‘Tonight’s going out app’ YPlan triumphs at 2013 Startups Awards

29 of UK’s most impressive start-ups competed for 14 titles

The world’s first mobile events booking app, which looks to become one of the biggest global players in the mobile market, has taken the top prize at the 2013 Startups Awards.

Founded in November 2012, London-based YPLan has been named Simply Business Startups Business of the Year, beating 28 other finalists to win the top award. The company allows users to book last minute London events at discounted prices in just two taps, and its offering has attracted $13m investment in just one year alone.

With an impressive 500,000 users to date and endorsement from the likes of Stephen Fry and Ashton Kutcher, the app business also took home the award for Mobile Business of the Year and was a finalist in the Funded Business category.

Chris Slater, Simply Business COO, commented on YPlan’s win: “I think it’s fair to say this company excited all of the judges – even those that cast their vote elsewhere.

“There is enormous global potential for this business, a fantastically bright and enthusiastic team, the ringing endorsement of people in its industry. We will be genuinely shocked in a few years if this company is not talked about for as one of the best start-ups to have been started in the UK in the last decade.”

14 other category winners were named at the 10th annual Startups Awards, selected from hundreds of entrants and brilliant finalists.

A panel of business visionaries led the judging including Dame Mary Perkins of Specsavers, Sarah Tremellan of Bravissimo, Made.com co-founder Julien Callede and Andrew Haigh of Coutts as well as series of business experts, journalists and entrepreneurs.

The full list of winners are as follows:

Digital Business of the Year: Affectv
Finalists: Perfect Channel, Tyresonthedrive.com

Franchisee of the Year: Gary Riches, Driver Hire
Finalists: Richard McConnell, The Zipyard and Chris O’Halloran, Ripples

Freelance and Home-based business of the Year: LoveworkFinalists: Victoria Eggs, Ruby Star Associates

Funded Business of the Year: Crowdcube
Finalists: cloud.IQ, YPlan

Innovative Business of the Year: Affectv
Finalists: Hiring Hub, Tyresonthedrive.com

Mobile Business of the Year: YPlan
Finalists: 
Apptivation, Evrythng

Mumpreneur of the Year: Caroline Sparks and Gabrielle Lixton of Turtle Tots
Finalists: Maleka Duttu of Merumaya, Naomi Bloomstein and Sarah Wuttke of Little Bird

Product Business of the Year: Tinc
Finalists: 
The Collective Dairy UK, The Raspberry Pi Foundation

Service Business of the Year: Central Working 
Finalists: Tinc, PetShopBowl

Silver Fox Business of the Year: Warren Bader, Plan Bee
Finalists: Paul Williams, Freetricity and Colin King, Education Quizzes

Social Impact Business of the Year: The Raspberry Pi Foundation

Women in Business Award: Sara Jones, Hiring Hub
Finalists:
 Amelia Harvey, The Collective Dairy  UK and Maleka Dutto, Merumaya

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Anil Stocker, Charles Delingpole and Ilya Kondrashov of MarketInvoice
Finalists: Andy Shovel and Pete Sharman of Chosen Bun, Nick Vaughan of Hamlyn Williams

People’s Champion Award: Little Bird

Sponsors of the ceremony at the prestigious Kensington Roof Gardens included small business insurance specialists Simply Business, accountancy firm haysmacintyre, company formation agent Made Simple Group, advertising firm All Response Media, trade directory service Checkatrade.com and accountancy software provider FreeAgent.

Andrew Devenport of Youth Business International and representatives from The British Library, The Prince’s Trust and Seedcamp were also in attendance to celebrate the UK’s emerging business talent.

The 2013 winners join an outstanding alumni of fast-growth businesses that have been recognised at the awards over the last ten years, including well-known brands such as Wonga.com, Notonthehighstreet.com, BLOTTR and BeatThatQuote.com, which was sold to Google for £37.7m.

David Lester, founder of Startups.co.uk is confident that this year’s selection of new talent has the same potential for success.

He commented: “This year’s finalists were of an incredibly high calibre and to get to this point they had beaten hundreds of businesses with great stories to tell.

“The winners are a shining example of the highly-successful and disruptive early-stage businesses in Britain and I’m confident that they will scale quickly and in a few years they could become the UK’s market leaders!”

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