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This article was published on May 23, 2008

Let’s build a list of awards for start-ups, here’s a start

Let’s build a list of awards for start-ups, here’s a start
Simone Brummelhuis
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Simone Brummelhuis

Simone worked as a successful lawyer before becoming an entrepreneur by setting up her own B2B publishing company Brummsbooks. Thereafter, a Simone worked as a successful lawyer before becoming an entrepreneur by setting up her own B2B publishing company Brummsbooks. Thereafter, as co-owner and managing director of IENS (www.iens.nl), she developed this start-up into the no. 1 user generated content database publisher of restaurant guides in The Netherlands. With the Europeanmuseumguide.com, she intends to do the same. She works with Linde Wolters on a book about Female Internet Heroes and launches www.thenextwomen.com.

OscarVisibility is a major thing for start-ups, and one thing to be able to get that is to pitch your company in an event or for an award. Winning an award means media coverage, some times real money and access to investors. There are several competitions in which a start-up can submit its business. Strangely enough, there is no website which lists them all in an overview.., so I had to do some research on the web in order to come up with the following suggestions.

I want to create a complete list of awards here. So if you know of any other awards, please comment on this post so I can add it to the list.

Upcoming competitions

  • Accenture Innovation Awards – Dutch companies in media, entertainment or communication that started in the last 3 years can participate.
  • The Strands awards – competition for early stage international startups in the area of recommendation technologies with a very appealing price of $100.000.
  • CNET Networks UK Business Technology – this competition has some 17 prestigious awards for UK business technology innovators. Final deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2008, but maybe it is enough to become the IT Community Hero of the Year.
  • The Startup Awards major competition for UK start-ups in October 2008.
  • Vodafone Mobile Clicks for mobile start-up companies to develop new, innovative, creative and technically viable mobile internet products and/or services. Date to be submitted June 25, 2008. Awards during Picnic in October 2008, Amsterdam. Awards of Euro 100,000.
  • Google Android Competition, with total monies available of USD 10,000,000.
  • Web Marketing Web Awards, in 96 categories, including best websites, to be submitted till June 15, 2008.
  • Startup Awards in the UK, including the Online Startup of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Innovative Business of the Year. Deadline entry 4 th July 2008.
  • London Technology Fund Competition, for potentially high growth seed, start-up early stage technology companies, based in London. Price from 100,000 till 1M Pounds sterling. Deadline 30th June, 2008.
  • DEMO GOD AWARDS and the DEMO People’s Choice awards.

Completed competitions

Make sure you set your agenda for next year awards.

  • Blackberry Women in Technology awards – Female internet hero Professor Lizbeth Goodman of the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute was named the BlackBerry outstanding woman in technology, while Beatriz Alonso Martinez of Avid Technology Europe Ltd was awarded the ‘Best use of technology within the multimedia industry by a woman’.
  • The First Women Awards – UK competition created to acknowledge women who are pioneers in business. Female internet hero Fru Hazlitt, former Managing director, Yahoo UK and now CEO of GCap Media, was one of the price winners in the past.
  • 2008 Fast Growth Business Awards – Margeret Manning, CEO of award winning digital communications agency, Reading Room won the Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2008.
  • Broos van Erp Price, A Dutch ICT competition with an award of euro 50.000.
  • UK Internet Industry Awards
  • The Webby Awards, recognizing outstanding Websites in 65+ categories!! Ans also a Webperson of the Year. The Oscars of the Internet.
  • Startup Camp, arranged through Speed Geeking sessions during the Camps in SF, London, with an impressive attendee list.
  • Plugg Start-up of the Year Award, with the European Focus on web 2.0
  • Innovation and Technology awards for Swedish startups.

Tech conference competitions

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