This award is open to any start-up whose founder has completed The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success, in creating and developing an exceptional start-up during the last three years.
Application top tips:
→ Don’t fall back on cliches and tired storylines.
→ Don’t undersell yourself, your business or your hard work.
→ Give us the truth, no just the formula.
→ You are the hero/heroine of your story; tell us about your ingenuity, your insight.
WHAT IS THE ENTRY CRITERIA?
In order to be eligible to enter the StartUp Awards National Series, your business must have been trading for no more than three years prior to the date of your entry submission.
You must be registered and trading in the UK.
There is also some category-specific criteria which is detailed in the category descriptions.
WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION LOOK LIKE
All questions within the application have a minimum word requirement of 150 words. The questions can be found below:
• Give us your elevator pitch!
• What makes your business special?
• What inspired you to start your business?
• What are your ambitions for the future?
• What makes your region a great place to start a business?
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER?
The StartUp Awards National Series is completely free to enter, and you’re free to enter as many categories as you like!
WHAT IS THE ENTRY DEADLINE?
Entries will be closed at 23:59, 28th February 2022.
CAN I SAVE MY ENTRY
Yes! Our entry platform allows you to save your application and come back to it before submitting.
CAN I ENTER MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY?
Providing you meet the criteria for each category, yes! You’re free to enter as many as you like.
The easiest way to do this is to copy your first entry from the My Entries dashboard. You’ll probably need to tailor your content to the new category, but it will fill most of the application for you.
WHAT ARE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
The supporting documents are not a compulsory part of the application. It won’t count against you if you do not include any, but they can help to illuminate your entry.
Supporting documents could be testimonials, examples of press coverage, explainer videos, or impact reports, for example.
CAN I ALTER MY APPLICATION AFTER SUBMITTING?
Yes, you can make changes to your application after submitting right up until the entry deadline.
HOW ARE THE WINNERS CHOSEN
Following the shortlisting process (which is done internally by our editorial team), the successfully shortlisted applications will be handed over to our judging panel. At this stage, all successfully shortlisted applicants will be required to submit a short video answering a number of questions from our judging panel.
The StartUp Awards National Series judging panel has supporters from multiple sectors, with each of our judges allocated to categories that match their areas of expertise.
Entries will be judged based on the answers provided within the application form and the supporting video. The judges will mark each question and give a rating out of 10, along with comments to justify their scoring.
As with any judging process, there is an element of subjectivity around judging, so applicants should aim to provide as much information as possible.
Judges will review applications independently.
I HAVE SOME MORE QUESTIONS…
No problem at all!