Konstrukt wins Emerging Startup and App Institute wins Mature Startup categories in our Nottingham’s Tech Start-up of the Year 2013 awards last week. Each took home £1,000 cash prizes and shared £5,500 worth of other prizes!!
George Mills, from Konstrukt, getting a celebratory award and £1,000 from judge and Next Business Generation sponsor Toby Reid
Konstrukt is a social platform for sharing music with friends and links the track playing to a specific venue, promoter or festival where the user can then add photos, emotions, and much more.
A very happy Ian Naylor from App Institute, getting his big cheque from Nottingham University The Haydn Green Institute sponsor Dan Edge
App Institute provides a simple way for small businesses and individuals to create and manage iPhone and Android Apps, without any programming skills.
With a record number of entries into this years awards and two highly competitive categories the judges had their work cut out. Rob Cawdron, spokes person for the judges said:
” AppInstitute won the “mature” category demonstrating a well thought out plan to seize a huge market opportunity, together with good early traction. Konstrukt just edged the emergent category with an ambitious but well-articulated plan. The judging panel wishes all the entrants every success in overcoming the inevitable challenges that lay ahead. It would be great to think that the current crop can produce a global beater from Nottingham!”
George Mills of Konstrukt , commented after winning the award:
“The support and advice I have received since winning Notts Tuesday has been unbelievable. Konstrukt is in its early stages and the help I’ve received has come at a great time. Anyone thinking of entering should just do it, to everyone involved – thank you.”
And Ian Naylor of App Institute said:
“I’m blown away! - Winning Notts Tuesday Startup of the Year has been a real privilege. This has been a super boost, the team really appreciate the recognition of their hard work. The prizes are fantastic, a big thank to the sponsors for making this happen. We believe this award provides us with a great springboard onto the next stage of development and growth for our company.”
Honorable mentions and commiserations go to the all the startups who entered and the finalists on the night: Buying Butler ; Rumbly; Feedback Loop and Style Compare.
Our sincere gratitude go to the long list of sponsors for helping to make this year’s event:
Without the support of the sponsors the event wouldn’t have attracted so many startups and made the event so exciting.
Our many thanks got to the judges: Adam Bird, Rob Cawdron, Toby Reid, Andrew Porter and Aisling Duffy, who had a tough time deciding this years winners.
Nott Tuesday Startup Awards 2013 judges quizzing Julius Narkus from Feedback Loop
Our warmest thanks also go to Nick Walker from Walker Systems for taking 440 photos of the event with his new camera (click here for a selection of the best on Google+) and Antenna for hosting and being so helpful on the night.
With a record number of entries,and finalists this year and more cash prizes than ever the event continues to go from strength to strength — As judge Rob Cawdron commented after the event: “The record number of entries hopefully speaks volumes about the growing tech start up scene in Nottingham.”