Meet your Female Start-up of the Year 2020!

On 23 October at the ninth Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, we crowned the 2020 winner live on the virtual stage. They will receive amazing prizes to help them and their business flourish and grow.

Huge congratulations to our two semi-finalists, Dominique Woolf, The Woolf's Kitchen and Lauren O'Donnell, Oatsu.

Thank you to all our festival attendees that supported our finalists during their live pitches at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs.

fsotyMeet your Female Start-up of the Year 2020!

Jessica Heagren, That Works For Me

Small businesses and agencies often limit themselves from accessing the expert help they need and deserve because they believe they're too small, or because they don't need a full-time person. That Works For Me brings these businesses a marketplace of thousands of experienced professionals ranging from social media managers to lawyers - all looking to work flexibly, remotely and outside the nine-to-five. Over 90% of businesses find the skills they need and deserve, when they need them, on our totally affordable, digital platform - so they can focus on the things that matter, like making money!

fsotyPrevious winners

  • 2019: Molly Masters, founder, Books That Matter
  • 2018: Ruth Bradford, founder, Little Black & White Book Project
  • 2017: Joy Foster, founder, TechPixies
  • 2016: Mel Bound, founder, This Mum Runs
  • 2015: Chloe Tingle, founder, No More Taboo

fsotyThe prizes

  • A £1,000 cash prize to support the growth of the winner’s business, kindly donated by WOTC Magazine
  • A front cover feature in WOTC Magazine. Previous cover stars include Jo Malone, CBE and Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur Grace Beverley, CEO and founder of Tala and Shreddy
  • A three-hour mentoring session with TSB on financial planning for success, business planning and marketing
  • Natalie Sherman, founder of Naturally Social – a one hour advice session to improve your social media presence
  • A year’s legal subscription to Harper James Solicitors’ Enterprise Plan, including 12 hours of legal support worth over £2000
  • A 90 minute business coaching session with accredited coach Kim Sprague, founder of Flamingo Life
  • ‘Power your business with Square’ which includes a Square reader and dock, plus £1000 worth of free processing* terms and conditions apply
  • Featured as Enterprise Nation’s December member of the month on the homepage
  • Two tickets to Enterprise Nation's StartUp 2021 event
  • Profile on the Enterprise Nation blog and social media
  • Hamper filled with treats from small businesses across the UK
  • PLUS the prestigious title of Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2020

fsotyThe Judges

  • Allie Lawson, Head of SMB Marcomms, O2
  • Molly Masters, CEO of Books That Matter and Female Start-up of the Year 2019
  • Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation

fsotyCompetition timeline

  • Wednesday 9 September: Competition opens for entries
  • Wednesday 7 October: Applications close at 5pm
  • Friday 9 October: 10 finalists announced and public voting opens
  • Friday 16 October: Public voting closes at 5pm
  • Monday 19 October: Three finalists announced
  • Friday 23 October: Festival of Female Entrepreneurs live pitch

fsotyTerms and conditions

  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK
  • All information submitted in your entry will be shared with the judging panel
  • Finalists must have a ticket to join the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs on 23 October 2020
  • Finalists must be available to pitch live at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs on 23 October 2020
  • The applicant's start-up must be a UK based company with no more than 10 employees that has been trading for up to five years
  • Only one application per applicant may be submitted
  • All questions within the application form must be answered in order for the application to qualify
  • All applications must be submitted by Wednesday 7 October at 5pm
  • Got questions? Email for support