New Startup of the Year

This award is for new startups who have launched their service or product within the last two years. The startups can pre-revenue and the emphasis here is on potential as well as success so far. The winner will receive £2,500 in cash plus the following prizes:


Automatic shortlisting for Ignite Manchester. A full day of workshops and mentorship for all finalists.


Three one-on-one mentoring sessions and a visit to the dotforge Manchester offices.


A one-on-one pitch review with Carlos Eduardo Espinal, partner at Seedcamp.


This award is brought to you by G2

G2 Innovation is a design innovation consultancy thats supports businesses by providing the tools and resources that take the pain out of developing new ideas.

Startup of the Future

This award is dedicated to people who have a great idea for a startup they think should happen. Whether a real company at pre-launch or not, the aim of the award is to reward the future potential of a startup idea. The winner will receive £500 in cash as a prize.


This award is brought to you by Distinction

Distinction is an integrated digital agency that helps organisations get the most from digital, whether that's through defining effective digital strategies, building beautiful online experiences, or creating persuasive marketing campaigns.


Free drinks sponsored by JH

JH is a web agency specialising in ecommerce working with exciting clients on challenging projects. During the awards they will be providing two drinks per person in attendance as well as some cocktails behind the bar.


Free food sponsored by Deliveroo

Deliveroo lets you order amazing food from the UK's best loved local restaurants who otherwise may not offer delivery. During the awards they will provide food from top restaurants around Nottingham for all attendees.

The judging panel

Prize pool sponsors

Each sponsor has provided £500 toward the prize for the winner of the New Startup of the Year award.

Service sponsors

Providing services-in-kind to help each of the award winners.