Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year

Whoever said “The hardest step is the first” surely wasn’t an entrepreneur: that initial venture into business marks the start of years of lesson-learning that can make life more like a case of three steps forwards, four steps back.

While undeniably tough, starting a business creates its own energy of resilience, while overcoming obstacles and learning by doing forges the experience needed to conquer bigger and better things.

The Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year Award reaches out to those who have given everything to guiding their business through those all-important nascent stages. The winner will have responded to the many inevitable drawbacks with an attitude that feels for the best in every situation with a heart that will not give up.

Over the last three years this business person will have identified and exploited market opportunity while building a solid foundation upon which their organisation can thrive.

Remember, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrates and champions the stories of entrepreneurs. True entrepreneurs are as much about their story as they are about their balance sheet. The Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the truly inspiring entrepreneurs who are the agents of positive change in our country.

Application top tips:

  • Don’t fall back on cliches and tired story lines.
  • Don’t undersell yourself, your business and your hard work.
  • Give us the truth, not just the formula.
  • You (the entrepreneur) are the hero/heroine of your story; tell us about your ingenuity, your insight.

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FAQs

Unfortunately, when you have begun the application process you will not have the option to save. We therefore highly recommend that all applications are done on a separate document beforehand, and then copied and pasted into the online tool when you are happy that your application is complete.

Absolutely! If you feel that your business is suited to more than one category, we actively encourage you to enter more than one. However, do be sure to tailor each application to the relevant category, rather than using the same generic application across all.

Each question within the application is limited to a 400 word character count, and the process is broken down into multiple segments, which we believe will give you plenty of opportunity to fully explain your entry. The word count cannot be extended.

Yes, there is the opportunity to upload supporting documents along with your submission during the application process. All supporting documents will be provided to the judging panel alongside your application. There is a maximum upload limit of 10MB for these supporting documents.

Absolutely! If you have any testimonials that you feel would help with your application, you can submit them along with your supporting documents.

Unfortunately, an application cannot be amended after it has been submitted. It is for this reason that we highly recommend that submissions are thoroughly proofed beforehand.

The entry deadline for the 2017 Great British Entrepreneur Awards is 18th August 2017. Any extensions to entry deadlines will be announced via the website, social media and email.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to give us a call on 0845 5000 328. Alternatively, you can email adam@greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com or chloe@greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.

Judges


Previous Winners

David Tuch

Lightpoint Medical

Nicholas Walters

Hopster

Adam Pikett, Victoria Walton, Rhys Jones & Luke Pikett

SportPursuit

Krissy Charles-Jones

Bright Assessing

Laura Griffin & Kelli Aspland

Solar Buddies

Shelley Redding

Action Petz