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.
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.
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.
Kelda Showers Limited
Oxford Space Systems
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.
BMLL Technologies Limited
The Hub Exchange Ltd
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.
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.
Sphere Fluidics Limited
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.
Melinda Nicci, Baby2Body
Aneeqa Khan, Eporta
Stella James, Gooseberry Planet Limited
Cat Gazzoli, Piccolo
Kim Nilsson, Pivigo
Jennifer Johansson & Natalie Chassay, Placed
Irra Ariella Khi, Vchain
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.
Arbor Education Partners
Bearpit Bristol CIC
Best International Growth Business
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.
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.
Bloom & Wild
Creo Medical Group
Ebury Partners Ltd
Urban Massage Ltd
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.
Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) programme
Toucan Ventures Limited
UK Space Tech Angels
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.
Equity Gap Ltd
Greenwood Way Capital
Redstone Venture Managers
Startup Funding Club
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.
Bybox Holdings Ltd
Cambridge CMOS Sensors
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.