Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2017

Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year


Call fro Applications




20 October 2017


Lorna Bladen



Call for Applications: Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2017

On 20 October at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs Enterprise Nation will be crowning the next Female Start-up of the Year!

Taking place in Bristol, the competition is powered by Facebook's She Means Business campaign. A winner will be announced live on stage at the event and receive amazing prizes to help them and their business flourish and grow.

Are you a member of Enterprise Nation?

If so, apply today for the chance to win!  

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

What makes a Female Start-up of the Year?

The accolade was created 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

  • 2016: Mel Bound, founder, This Mum Runs
  • 2015: Chloe Tingle, founder, No More Taboo

How to enter

To enter you need to have a valid Enterprise Nation membership, have a ticket to the festival and fill out the form below by 5pm on Thursday 5 October.

Enterprise Nation will shortlist three business owners to pitch live on stage at the event. Those who are successful will be notified on Thursday 12 October with a full brief for their live pitch.

The pitching will take place at 4.30pm on 20 October in Bristol. Each company will be given three minutes to pitch followed by six minutes of questions from a panel of judges. The chosen winner will be announced during the evening drinks reception.

Application deadline

5pm on Thursday 5 October

The judges

  • Helen Smyth, head of SMB community engagement, Facebook
  • Mel Bounds, founder, This Mum Runs and 2016 Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year
  • Mike Jackson, investor, entrepreneur & director of scale-ups at Shaw & Co
  • Sharron Gunn, executive director, ICAEW
  • Alison Edgar, The Entrepreneur's Godmother
  • Carolyn Radford, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Mansfield Town FC

The prizes

  • £500 Facebook advertising credit
  • Quarterly business mentoring for a year from KPMG
  • £200 Treatwell voucher to spend on a beauty or spa treatment from Direct Line for Business
  • Two Dua LIpa tickets at an O2 Academy of the winner's choice from O2 Business
  • Signed cycling top by Laura Kenny, the most successful female British Olympian, from HSBC
  • 'Power your business with Square' which includes a Square reader and Dock (worth £58+VAT) plus £1k worth of free processing
  • A one hour consultation and lunch with Clive Lewis, head of enterprise at ICAEW, and a £100 voucher to spend at PC World
  • Two tickets to Enterprise Nation's ScaleUp 2017 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 2017

Enter now!

For the entry form go here.

The Female Start-up of the Year competition is supported by Facebook and the She Means Business campaign.

When women do better, economies do better. That's why Facebook is celebrating women who have built and run businesses, and delivering resources to help those who might one day do so themselves.