START UP Awards 2018

The START UP Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of our students and recent graduates* exploring the world of start-up.

We are looking for individuals or teams working freelance or developing a business, at any stage from pre-launch to launch and beyond.

This is your chance to nominate yourself or nominate your friends, colleagues or peers in the following categories:


Best Concept

This award celebrates individuals or teams at a pre-launch stage who have developed a viable business idea or social enterprise and proven their concept.

This category is open to businesses and social enterprises.

Prize: Tickets to Newcastle Startup Week


Best New Business

This award recognises start-ups who are actively trading, have registered their business and have launched products or services in the past 12 months.

This category is open to both businesses and social enterprises.

Prize: £500 cash to spend on your business.


Best Independent Professional

This award celebrates the achievements of self-employed individuals currently trading and using their skills and/or knowledge as freelancers, independent contractors and consultants.

Students and alumni working in any industry are invited to apply.

Prize: Membership of IPSE – the association of independent professionals


The Scale-up Award

This award recognises outstanding businesses established within the last 3 years who can demonstrate sustained levels of growth and are expanding into national and international markets.

Prize: Mentoring advice and support from Chris Dawson - experienced entrepreneur, Newcastle University graduate and co-founder of One Utility Bill.


Why should I apply to the START UP Awards?

In addition to the honour of winning a START UP Award and the fantastic prizes mentioned above, there are two more opportunities to boost your business profile:

Winners of the START UP Awards could also represent START UP at the Pride of Newcastle University Awards in June 2018. This celebratory dinner event recognises the exceptional achievements of students extra-curricular activities where they have made an outstanding contribution to our University community, the region and beyond.

In addition, we are looking for outstanding ideas and businesses that can represent Newcastle University at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurships Awards and compete to win up to £25,000 of equity-free seed funding! If you are interested in being considered for the Santander awards then remember to express your interest when you complete your START UP Awards Application form**.


How do I apply?

To apply for any of the four START UP Awards categories and be considered for the Pride of Newcastle University and the Santander Universities Awards click the NOMINATE NOW link below.

*alumni who have graduated in the last 3 years

**Santander Awards are open to current students and alumni who have graduated within 2 years of the date of the submission to Santander from Newcastle University