Startups.co.uk can today confirm that companies that have secured investment via crowdfunding platforms are eligible for the Startups Awards’ Angel or VC-backed Business of the Year category.
Following a number of queries, the entry deadline has been extended an additional three days to October 1 to enable crowdfunded companies that meet the qualifying criteria to enter.
Eligible companies must have been trading for less than three years, employ fewer than 60 people, and be privately-owned UK companies. For the Angel or VC-backed category, sponsored by All Response Media, companies must have raised money from investors – including via crowdfunding platforms – and be able to “demonstrate signs of achieving real greatness”. For 2013 the category will be re-named ‘Funded Start-up of the Year’.
Now in its ninth year, the Startups Awards has earned a reputation for unearthing some of the UK’s finest entrepreneurial businesses. Previous winners that have gone on to enjoy phenomenal success, include BeatThatQuote.com (sold to Google for £37.7m), Wonga, Ella’s Kitchen, Glasses Direct, The Book Depository, and Naked Wines.
The Awards, sponsored by NatWest, The Made Simple Group, Printed.com, Simply Business, and All Response Media, have a track record of gaining important publicity for finalists and winners alike. Last year’s winner of the overall NatWest Startups Business of the Year was The Cambridge Satchel Company, which was recently unveiled as the star of Google Chrome’s TV advertising campaign.
Finalists will attend a champagne reception and gala lunch at London’s exclusive Kensington Roof Gardens on December 7. To enter, request a form here or contact Anthea Ross on firstname.lastname@example.org.