London’s women-led firms urged to enter Female Start-Up of the Year 2018 Awards


Women running businesses in London are being urged to enter the epic Female Start-Up of the Year Awards 2018.

The high profile awards are designed to highlight the valuable contribution made by entrepreneurial women to the British economy.

Former winners have included the female founder of a digital training network for women returning to work, national running network for mums and a social enterprise aimed at tackling global period poverty.  This year the judges are looking for applications from women operating across all sectors.

The winner will be crowned at the day-long Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, organised by small business support network Enterprise Nation, following a live pitching session on stage.

Last year former Olympic hopeful, Joy Foster who set up her firm Tech Pixies  to help women returning to work learn modern technological skills, picked up the top accolade and a raft of business support to boost her business.

Since winning the award, Joy has gone on to raise £100K in a series one investment round for her Oxford-based firm. She hopes to use the investment to pivot the business, which teaches women how to use technology so they can return to work, in a more digital direction.

Other winners include Mel Bound, who set up national running group This Mum Runs and St Paul’s-based Chloe Tingle, who runs social enterprise No More Taboo.

To enter, the business must be female-founded, less than three-years-old and have a maximum of 10 employees. The closing date for entries is September 28 and the entry form is here.