Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2018 opens for entries

Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2018 opens for entries
Enterprise Nation
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Posted: Fri 24th Aug 2018

Female Start-up of the Year 2019 opens for entries in summer 2019. Register for Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2019 in Bristol on 18 October here.


On 19 October 2018 at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs in Bristol, we'll be crowning the 2018 winner live on stage. They will receive amazing prizes to help them and their business flourish and grow.

For more information on how to enter, this year's criteria, the prizes and our panel of judges, take a look below:

What makes a Female Start-up of the Year?

We created the accolade in 2015 to shine the spotlight on an early stage start-up entrepreneur who is excelling in their industry. Whether it's creating an innovative product or disrupting a traditional marketplace, you'll have a clear vision for the direction of your business as well as ambitious plans for growth. Your company will be less than three years old and have a maximum of 10 employees.

The previous winners

  • 2015: Chloe Tingle, founder, No More Taboo

  • 2016: Mel Bound, founder, This Mum Runs

  • 2017: Joy Foster, founder, TechPixies

A shortlist of ten promising female entrepreneurs will be selected by Enterprise Nation and it will then go to a public vote on 1 October to identify the top three finalists. Three businesses that achieve the most amount of votes will be notified on 12 October and shared a full brief for their live pitch on stage at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs.

The judges

  • Bev James, Sunday Times bestselling author and CEO of The Coaching Academy

  • Joy Foster, founder, TechPixies and 2017 Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year

  • Mike Jackson, investor, entrepreneur & director of scale-ups at Shaw & Co

  • Emma Jones, founder, Enterprise Nation

The prizes

  • £500 Facebook advertising credit

  • Two nights bed & breakfast stay at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

  • 'Power your business with Square' which includes a Square Reader and Dock, plus £1,000 worth of free processing

  • Two hour mentoring session from Enterprise nation adviser members:

    • Natalie Sherman, founder of Naturally Social - an advice session to improve your social media presence

    • Sophie Carefull, personal branding photographer - an advice session on personal branding

  • Goodies from Bristol based Enterprise Nation members, including:

  • Two tickets to Enterprise Nation's Scale Up 2018 event in London

  • Profile on the Enterprise Nation blog and social media

  • PLUS the prestigious title of Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2018

Competition timeline

  • Friday 24 August: Competition opens for entries

  • Friday 28 September: Applications close at 5pm

  • Monday 1 October: 10 finalists announced and public voting opens

  • Friday 12 October: Public voting closes at 5pm

  • Monday 15 October: Three finalists announced

  • 19 October: Festival of Female Entrepreneurs live pitch

Enterprise Nation
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Enterprise Nation has helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses. Led by founder, Emma Jones CBE, Enterprise Nation connects you to the resources and expertise to help you succeed.

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