Four weeks ago, The Next Web and Clarity PR introduced the UK Startup Awards to discover the great startups of the UK tech scene. Since the announcement more than 1000 nominations were submitted over the seven categories. After this successful first phase it's now time to start the voting. Here are the 35 nominees that the TNW jury has narrowed down to.
Startup of the Year: hailocab.com, zeebox.com, blippar.com, shutl.co.uk, raspberrypi.org Best (Co-)Founder:
Michael Acton Smith (@acton)
, Thom Allason (@tomall
), Ernesto Schmitt (Zeebox) (@ErnestoSchmitt
), Alicia Navarro (Skimlinks) (@AliciaNavarro
), Jay Bregman (Hailo) (@jaybregman
Best Web App: gocardless.com
, adzuna.co.ukBest Mobile App: swiftkey.net
, realmacsoftware.com/clearBest Design: yplanapp.com
, lyst.comBest User Experience: realmacsoftware.com/clear
, geckoboard.comBest investor: indexventures.com
"The nominees for the UK Startup Awards are testament to the calibre of tech talent in the UK at the moment. Every category is bursting with the very best examples of the UK's ingenuity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Clarity PR is excited to partner with TNW to recognize such excellence in the UK tech community." says Sami McCabe, Clarity PR Director.
Online voting starts now
Anybody can still vote for their favorite startup, entrepreneur or investor until 12 o'clock GMT (1 pm CET) on Wednesday January 23rd. The winners will be presented online.
The companies who get the most votes in their category will receive a ticket to TNW Conference Europe and of course, eternal fame.
TNW and Clarity PR
will host a London Meetup that takes place on Thursday January 24th from 8pm at The Revolution bar, 140-144 Leadenhall Street, where TNW CEO Zee M. Kane and UK editor Jamillah Knowles would love to meet nominees and others from the UK tech scene.
The TNW Startup Awards try to discover the best startups in Europe by focussing on 12 local tech hubs. Berlin, London, Dublin, Paris, Bucharest, Barcelona, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Kiev, Moscow, Istanbul and Copenhagen.
"Europe needs real entrepreneurs to put itself back on the map again. Vigour and drive, the willingness to transform and develop are what's required. Not all hot startups are built in Silicon Valley – we're seeing very talented entrepreneurs with big ideas and great execution all over the world. These startups need to be discovered and their stories need to be told. The TNW Startup Awards tour around Europe helps to identify and shine a light on the best startups, their entrepreneurs and investors in each country," says Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web.