It's that time of year where Startups, the UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business, organises its annual awards. This year, nine of our fantastic Funded Club have been nominated as finalists across six different categories. Check out more information on the finalists below.
With their founders Aaron Leary and Olivia Sumpter nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year, Bedrock Learning is an online resource that aims to improve the English literacy of students in schools across the globe, through varied interactive activities. Their mission is to ensure all students leave school with the English language skills required to succeed in life and work.
Nominated for Crowdfunded Business of the Year, Floom is an online marketplace allowing consumers to buy beautiful flowers from independent florists. Floom want to do for flowers what Deliveroo did for takeaway. Floom has already amassed a list of high-profile customers including the BBC, Jamie Oliver Ltd, ITV, News, McKinsey, King, Conde Nast and Hearst.
Nominated for Crowdfunded Business of the Year, Hiyacar is on a mission to change the way we own and use cars. Their online platform allows car owners to rent their vehicles to vetted drivers, saving time, money and hassle. Hiyacar is the only genuine P2P car sharing company in the UK with a keyless solution. By giving people freedom at their fingertips, the company aims to change the way we move around and use cars forever.
Healthy meal preparation company Mindful Chef has been nominated for Crowdfunded Business of the Year and one of their founders, Myles Hopper, is up for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Backed by sports stars including Victoria Pendleton CBE and Will Greenwood MBE, the service, which caters for the health-conscious consumer who wants to eat delicious low-carb meals, uses exceptional quality produce from award-winning British suppliers.
Described by Google and the Guardian as one of the UK’s top startups, and by Vogue as “Tinder for mums”, Mush introduces mums to other mums nearby with kids the same age. The company has been nominated for two awards this year: Crowdfunded Business of the Year and The Founders Pledge Social Impact Award. Their mission is very simple, that ‘no mum does it alone’.
Using coffee grounds from London cafes and transforming them into award-winning beauty products, Optiat create handmade cosmetics that are distributed in seven countries with retailers such as Whole Foods, Planet Organic, and Topshop. Optiat has been nominated for an impressive three awards this year: Export Business of the Year, Family Business of the Year and founders Anna and William Brightman are up for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year, founder of Rejuvenation Water Kris Ingham and his team produce amino acid enriched spring water. Using Staffordshire spring water, natural fruit flavours and amino acids - the building blocks of protein - is highly innovative, whilst providing a low sugar alternative to the big brand's sugary soft drink offerings.
Vegan revolutionaries, The Vurger Co, has a mission to change fast food forever through the power of plants. Having run a number of successful pop-ups, the team opened their first permanent site in Shoreditch earlier this year. This year, The Vurger has been nominated for Crowdfunded Business of the Year.
Nominated for Crowdfunded Business of the Year, Tutorful (formerly known as Tutora) is an online marketplace that intelligently connects tutors to students via their 'best-match' algorithm. Tutorful now has over 6,000 tutors and aims to become the largest tuition company in the UK.
Check out the full nomination list for the Startups Awards here.