Female Start-up of the Year 2019

The Female Start-up of the Year competition aims to showcase early stage female start-up entrepreneurs who are excelling in their industry.

Please be advised applications have now closed.

On 18 October at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs in Bristol, we'll be crowning the 2019 winner live on stage. They will receive amazing prizes to help them and their business flourish and grow.
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 five years old and have a maximum of 10 employees.

A shortlist of 10 promising female entrepreneurs will be selected by Enterprise Nation and it will then go to a public vote on 18 September to identify the top three finalists. Three businesses that achieve the most amount of votes will be announced on 11 October and given a full brief for their live pitch on stage at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs.

female start-up of the year winners


previous winners

fsoty The prizes

  • £1,000 Facebook advertising credit
  • The very latest Dell laptop
  • 'Power your business with Square' which includes a Square Reader and Dock, plus £1,000 worth of free processing
  • A complimentary night’s stay at the Mercure Bristol Grand hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 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 - a 90-minute mentoring session to help you establish and grow a meaningful personal brand
    • On the Spot Accountants - an advice session to help manage your small business tax
  • A free press release announcing your victory written and distributed by JournoLink
  • Two tickets to Enterprise Nation's StartUp 2020 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 2019

fsotyThe judges

  • Martina McDonnell, head of SMB marketing EMEA, Facebook
  • Ruth Bradford, founder, Little Black & White Book Project
  • Mike Jackson, investor & entrepreneur
  • Emma Jones, founder, Enterprise Nation

fsoty Competition timeline

  • Thursday 1 August: Competition opens for entries
  • Friday 13 September: Applications close at 5pm
  • Wednesday 18 September: 10 finalists announced and public voting opens
  • Wednesday 9 October: Public voting closes at 5pm
  • Friday 11 October: Three finalists announced
  • Friday 18 October: Festival of Female Entrepreneurs live pitch

Terms 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 attend the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs in Bristol on 18 October 2019
  • 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 Friday 13 September at 5pm
  • Got questions? Email [email protected] for support

fsoty Find out more about the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs and book a ticket.

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