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Startups Awards open for entries

New businesses across the UK have the opportunity to receive recognition as this year’s Startups Awards opens for entries.

Start-ups of all sizes and industries can make their case for why they are amongst Britain’s most exciting business prospects, before being scrutinised by an expert judging panel including Cath Kidston MBE, Emma Sinclair MBE, Nick Wheeler and the co-founders of Innocent Drinks, LOVEFiLM and Secret Escapes, who will select the eventual winners.

Now in its 13th year, the Startups Awards are the longest established awards of their kind and have built a reputation for recognising and celebrating the rising stars of British business.

A shortlist of entrants will be announced on October 10.

“I’m looking forward to helping some great new businesses get the recognition they deserve, but also meeting the founders who are set to make the future even better,” said Jon Wright Innocent Drinks co-founder.

Supported by headline sponsor Sage, the Startups Awards are open to all independently owned businesses in the UK that started after August 1 2012.

This year’s awards offer opportunities for every type of business, including 15 different categories:

  • Sage Startups Business of the Year
  • App of the Year
  • Crowdfunded Business of the Year
  • Export Business of the Year
  • Franchisee of the Year
  • Innovative Business of the Year
  • Lean Start-up of the Year
  • Product Business of the Year
  • Retail Business of the Year
  • Service Business of the Year
  • Tech Business of the Year
  • Venture Funded Business of the Year
  • Women in Business Award
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The 15th and final category is the People’s Champion Award where a shortlist of 50 start-ups are selected by the judging panel and then put to the public vote.

Evan O’Shea of Sage said:”We believe entrepreneurs are the true heroes of the UK economy, and supporting them is our passion. That is why we are excited to announce our partnership with the Startups Awards, an event that recognises the hard work and achievements of entrepreneurs in the UK.”

The Startups Awards 2016 are open for entries from now until September 16 2016. For more information or to enter the awards, go to

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