Best Angel-VC Scale-Up Investment

 

This award is aimed at high growth potential businesses that have received both angel and VC investment to enable them to successfully scale up. The business should have received investment in the past 18 months and the investment could include angels and VC co-investing in the same deal, or could be VC following on from angel finance. The angel finance could come from either an individual or group and the VC finance could come from a VC/PE fund, co-investment fund or VCT.

Nominations for this award can be in any sector, but must demonstrate that the business is innovative and has the capability to disrupt the market or industry and must clearly show that the investment has facilitated the scaling up of the company. Both the business and the angel and VC investors should be identified for the award.

 

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Best Angel-Crowdfunding Investment

 

This award celebrates businesses that have received both angel and crowdfunding investment. Nominations should demonstrate how crowdfunding/online funding and angel investment have added value in respect of the growth needs of the business.

Nominations should demonstrate evidence of the innovation and growth potential of the investee business and the impact the funding has had on the company in terms of increasing its potential for achieving high growth in the future.

 

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Best Investment in a Disruptive Tech Business

 

This award is aimed at startups or early-stage businesses in any aspect of technology. The business should have received angel investment in the past 18 months, which can also include co-investment funding, and may have also have received other external finance, including R&D grants/awards.

Nominations for this award must demonstrate that the business is innovative; the technology is disrupting a key market, business or societal challenge; and has capacity to achieve significant high growth. Applicants must show how the investment has facilitated further development of the technology business and impacted on its growth potential and competitiveness. Both the business and the investor(s) should be identified for the award.

 

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Best Investment in Fintech

 

This award is aimed at startups or early stage businesses that are building high growth potential business in the financial technology (‘fintech’) sector. The award is open to any area of fintech. The business should have received angel investment in the past 12 months and could have also accessed additional finance sources.

Nominations for this award must demonstrate that the fintech business is innovative, has the capability to disrupt the market or industry and has the capacity to achieve high growth. Applicants must show how the investment has facilitated the growth potential and competitiveness of the company. Both the business and the investor(s) should be identified for the award.

 

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Best Investment in an Internet of Things Business

 

This award is aimed at startups or early-stage businesses that are building high growth potential businesses in the Internet of Things (IoT). The award is open to any aspect or application of IoT. The business should have received angel investment in the past 12 months and could have also accessed additional finance sources.

Nominations for this award must demonstrate that the IoT business is innovative, has the capability to disrupt the market or industry and has capacity to achieve high growth. Applicants must show how the investment has facilitated the growth potential and competitiveness of the company. Both the business and the investor(s) should be identified for the award.

 

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Best Investment in Life Sciences

 

This award is aimed at businesses in the early stage to scale-up phase that are building high growth potential businesses and that have received angel investment in the past 18 months and could have also accessed other finance sources either as co-investment or follow-on investment. The award is open to any aspect of Life sciences, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, medical technologies and digital health. Businesses can be using a range of approaches and tools, including such areas as big data, analytics and sensors.

Nominations for this award must demonstrate that the Life sciences business is highly innovative and has the capacity to achieve high growth. Applicants must show how the investment that they have received so far has facilitated the growth potential and competitiveness of the company. Both the business and the investor(s) should be identified for the award.

 

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Best Investment in a High-Growth Woman Founder

 

This award is aimed at women founders and leaders of high growth potential businesses. The business can be in any sector and can be exclusively led by women, or as part of a diverse leadership team. The business must have successfully accessed angel investment during the past 18 months. Nominations will be especially welcome where the investment has included investment from a female business angel, either acting on her own or as part of a diverse syndicate.

All nominations should demonstrate that the female founders have taken a clear role in supporting the growth and innovation of the business. Nominations should also demonstrate that the investment has supported the further growth and scale up of the business and identify the role the investors have played where possible.

 

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Best Social Impact Investment

 

This award is aimed at businesses, including social enterprises, that are carrying out activities with objectives focused on addressing an identified societal issue or global challenge. The business should have received investment in the past 12 months from angel investors and/or other areas of funding, including Social Impact Tax Relief funds.

Nominations for this award must demonstrate that the business is bringing an innovative approach or new business model that is likely to achieve significant social impact. The nominations must also show that the investment will support the growth of the enterprise and increase the potential social impact of its activities. Both the business and the investor(s) should be identified for the award.

 

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Best International Growth and Expansion

 

This award is open to early-stage businesses that have successfully scaled internationally following equity investment. Any sector or stage of business can be considered. The company may have been backed by individual business angels, syndicates, VCs and crowdfunders, and may also have accessed other sources of investment that have helped support international growth and market expansion. The award is open to UK-based businesses, and businesses from outside the UK that have successfully entered the UK marketplace, as a result of the investment.

Nominations should demonstrate that the business is innovative with strong high growth potential and should show how the investment has enabled them to successfully access new markets and scale. Information on future planned growth and further market access should also be provided.

 

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Scale-Up Team of the Year 2017

 

This award celebrates the achievements of an exceptional leadership team that has attracted equity investment and is able to demonstrate ambition, innovation and insight to help their business achieve significant scale-up.

The award is open to small businesses or organisations from any sector, where the team can demonstrate strong leadership and the achievement of significant growth and scale over the last 18 months. Nominations should illustrate the impact the investment has had on their scale-up ambitions and demonstrate their further planned growth in the year ahead.

 

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Best New Entrant to the Angel Ecosystem

 

This award is open to any new organisation – including networks, groups, new funds and funding models, as well as new services or products – that can be shown to add clear value to the angel and early-stage investment market. The activities can include both direct and on-line approaches.

Nominations should demonstrate what is new or disruptive about their offering within the ecosystem and what impact it has had to date on the angel and early-stage marketplace and prospects for scaling the approach.

 

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Lead Syndicate of the Year 2017

 

This award is open to active angel investors working as syndicates (minimum 3 individual investors). The syndicate may have invested either as part of a business angel network, a formally structured syndicate, or have operated informally. Members of the syndicate must have been co-investing together on a regular basis over the past year. The syndicate may be backing businesses at any point in the funding cycle and may focus on one specific sector or be active in a range of sectors or with a geographic focus. The syndicate may be the main investor, or co-invest alongside other finance sources, including other syndicates.

Nominations should demonstrate how the syndicate brings more than just capital to the companies they back. Nominations should demonstrate where the syndicate has added value in helping the growth of their investee businesses and should identify the role taken by the lead angel where appropriate.

 

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Exit of the Year 2017

 

This award is open to businesses or their investors, including individual angel investors, syndicates or networks and VC funds that have offered an exit, or partial exit, or liquidity for angel investors in the past 12 months. The business needs to have been backed by angels as part of its funding journey, but could have subsequently attracted further funding sources to grow and expand. Nominations can be in relation to any sector.

The nomination should demonstrate how the deal enabled the angel investor(s) to achieve full or partial liquidation of their shares in the investee business, with a successful return for the investors and a positive outcome for business. The model or approach to achieving the liquidity or exit should be described and the parties involved. The outcomes (including returns where known) for the angel investors, as well as for the business should also be given where possible.

 

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UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2017

 

This award is aimed at angel investors who can demonstrate that they have been very active in backing high growth potential startups and early-stage businesses in the UK during the past 12 months. Active female angels are especially encouraged to apply.

Nominations should show that the angel investor has shown the capacity to not only bring finance to their investee businesses, but also clear added value such as access to experience, skills, contacts and mentoring, or further finance to support the successful growth and scale-up of their portfolio. The investor can be acting as a lead angel as part of a syndicate or group, or on their own.

It should also be noted that in view of the prestigious nature of this award, the winner will be expected to be an ambassador for angel investing on behalf of UKBAA for 2017-18 and be prepared to engage in events and activities organised by UKBAA that are aimed at promoting angel investing.

 

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