UK Startups Awards 2013 now open for entries

The tenth annual Startups Awards are now open for entries.

Sponsored by online business insurance firm Simply Business and organised by Startups.co.uk, the awards recognise the success of UK businesses which have been trading for less than three years.

Previous winners at the awards over the past nine years have included Wonga.com, Naked Wines, BeatThatQuote.com (sold to Google for £37.7 million), BLOTTR and The Cambridge Satchel Company.

There are 13 awards up for grabs with categories including Innovative Business of the Year, Service Business of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as Franchisee of the Year, the Woman in Business Award and the overall Simply Business Startups Business of the Year - selected from the winners of the other categories.

Judges will include Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers; Sarah Tremellen, founder of Bravissimo; James Ashton, head of business at the Evening Standard; and Julien Callen of Made.com, winner of the Young Startup of the Year Award 2012.

David Lester, founder of Startups.co.uk, said, “To start a business, particularly in a downturn, is a gutsy endeavour. We are proud that the Startups Awards recognises those who have the drive, passion and vision to make their business into a success."

The deadline for submissions to the awards is 13 September 2013.

This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Kensington Roof Gardens on Friday 6 December 2013.