Tech Startup of the Year Awards 2014Call for entries!
The Nott Tuesday's Tech Start-up of the Year competition is coming soon! We’re searching for Nottingham's Most Promising Tech Startups, and it's time to get entering!
Five startups will pitch their businesses on the 18th of November 2014. On the night we'll have five experienced judges to hear the startup pitches and select two winners. As with last year we'll have two categories: New Startup of the Year and Emerging Startup of the Year.
Last year we had over £7,500 worth of prizes for the winners including £1000’s of cash prizes. We can't promise anything, but we're looking to source trophies this year on top of those prizes! Jamie (firstname.lastname@example.org) is sorting out the prizes this year, so get in touch if you're looking to contribute to the prize pool for this year's awards!
Our awards are specifically for technology companies -- this includes startups with web applications, software products, mobile applications and similar IT technology services.
New Startup of the Year – This award is for fresh startups who are about to or have just launch their new service / product. The startups can pre-revenue and the emphasis here is on potential. The startups in the category should be less than one year old.
Emerging Startup of the Year – This award is for more mature startups up to 5 years old who have got traction in their market and show further potential.
The organisers will select which category each application will fall in.
If you're not entering, or are supporting an entrant then simply turn up as you normally would!
For entrants the evenings format will be simple:
- 5 minutes to pitch
- 7 mins Q&A with judging panel
- Judges retire to deliberate
- Winner announced & prizes given
The judging panel will include experts in entrepreneurship, funding and legal advice. We’ll let you know who they are once all the judges have confirmed.
The judges are going to want to hear about:
- Business overview
- Market information i.e. opportunity and competition
- Management team
- Key achievements
- Growth strategy (management needed, investment & exit strategy)
The trick is to keep the application and pitch concise and punchy.
Finalist selection - an pre-assessment of the business and opportunity on all entries will be made by the judges. The judges will then select the best five startups to present on November 18th 2014. Please request an entry form with an email to email@example.com
Winners – on the night all startups will be judged on the quality of their presentation. The judges will expect to hear about the elements of highlighted with the pitch above and judge the startups on their ability to handle a short questions and answers.
We had the best ever sponsor support last year and we need sponsors again to support the event and provide prizes for the winners. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas for prizes. As a sponsor you will be profiled on Nott Tuesday and at the award evening in front of Nottingham's tech community.
How to enter
If you want to enter the awards email email@example.com now for our short application form. The closing date for entries is the 4th of November. We'll be announcing the final short list the week before the awards night.