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 2019 Award Categories

The 2019 Awards recognise the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to build and grow their businesses over this past year. It is not just a celebration of the entrepreneurs themselves, but the investors who have brought both risk capital and vital business experience, support and connections to help these businesses further achieve their growth potential.

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This Award recognises the most active and impactful angel investor in backing start-up and early stage UK businesses during the past 12 months and who has brought not only vital risk capital, but also significant added value to support the growth and success of their portfolio.
Key Criteria
The Angel investor must be investing in UK businesses and can be acting as a lead angel as part of a group, or on their own and can be focusing on any sector or region in the UK. Women investors and those from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to come forward for this award. Nominations should demonstrate not only the level of activity of the angel investors, but the role played by the angel to support their portfolio businesses in terms of access to experience, skills, contacts and mentoring, or further finance to support the successful growth and scale-up of their portfolio.
It should be noted that in view of the prestigious nature of this award, the UK Angel of the Year will be expected to act as Ambassador for angel investing on behalf of UKBAA for 2019-20 and be prepared to speak at events and activities organised by UKBAA that are aimed at promoting angel investing around the UK.

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This Award recognises investment in an early stage innovative high growth potential business that is harnessing the power of technology to bring a revolutionary and disruptive solution to a major market, industry or social challenge.
Key Criteria
The Award is aimed at start-ups or early-stage businesses in any aspect of technology that can be shown to be highly innovative and disruptive. Both the business and the main investor(s) should be nominated for the Award.
The business should have received angel investment in the past 12-18 months and can also have received further external funding such as, VCs, CVCs, R&D grants or loans. Nominations must show how the investment has facilitated further development of the technology and impacted on the growth potential and competitiveness of the business.

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This Award recognises the role taken by a woman investor in backing a highly innovative growth-focused business and who has brought not only risk capital, but significant added value to support the further growth and scale of the business. Both the Female investor(s) and entrepreneur are recognised and Awarded.
Key criteria
The female investor can be acting on her own or as part of a diverse syndicate. Nominations are especially welcome where the investee is a woman, but this is not a core requirement. The business can be in any sector, but nominations for this award must demonstrate that the business is innovative, with high growth potential. The Judges will also be seeking to identify the role and impact of the lead female investor who should be bringing not just finance, but can be shown to bring significant added value to the investee business.

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This Award recognises the most active and impactful Angel Syndicate or Group in the UK, making not only a significant number of investments during the past year, but also bringing strong added value to support the growth and success of their portfolio, especially through the role of a lead angel(s).
Key Criteria
The Award is open to Angel Syndicates or Groups of any size and operating in any region(s) of the UK or nationally and can be sector agnostic or focusing on a specific sector, or theme or gap in the market.
Nominations must demonstrate a significant level of investment activity in the past 12 months, in both new investments and follow-on funding. Notably nominations must demonstrate that they have actively focused on building their investment base and angel membership, including increasing the diversity among their investor members. Nominations should demonstrate how they have brought added value and support to their portfolio businesses and should specifically identify the role played by lead angels within the group or syndicate.

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This Award recognises the most active and dynamic entrepreneurial team that has shown strong leadership and teamwork in using investment to achieve successful scale-up of their innovative high growth potential business.
Key Criteria
The entrepreneurial team can be based in any part of the UK. The business can be in any sector, or technology, or product or service, but must demonstrate innovation and high growth potential in its sector or market. The business should have received investment in the past 18 months from angels, VC, VCT, CVC, and can also have attracted further funding from grants and loans.
Nominations must show the clear role played by the team in successfully working together to scale the business and should identify the specific leadership role played by the Founders or Senior management. Nominations should also show how the team has used external investment to support the scaling of the business and further build its growth strategy.

This Award recognises the Accelerator that has demonstrated the most dynamic and innovative programme of support for their cohort of start up and early stage entrepreneurs during the past year and that has significantly increased their potential for achieving high growth and access to investment.
Key Criteria
The nominated Accelerators must have been operating for at least 12 months and can have any specific regional, or sector or thematic focus, or addressed a specific market gap. The Accelerator must demonstrate that it has delivered an active, relevant and innovative programme of support for its cohort of entrepreneurs, focusing on key aspects of growth and market access, including mentoring or coaching and an active approach to investment readiness training. The Accelerator must demonstrate a clear track record in attracting angel or early stage investment and facilitated at least one or more angel investment into any of the start-ups they have hosted in the past 12 months.

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This Award recognises investment in an early stage entrepreneur that has embraced the power of deep technologies such as AI, machine learning, IOT or robotics to converge with key sectors and industries to achieve fundamental breakthroughs to key social or global challenges or needs.
Key Criteria
The award is open to any UK start-up or early stage company that has created a revolutionary solution using deep technology in such areas as healthcare, environment sustainability, cyber security, or other major industry or social issues. Both the business and the investor(s) should be identified for the award.
The business should have received angel investment in the past 12 months and could have also accessed other finance sources. Nominations for this award must demonstrate that the business is innovative, has the capability to disrupt the market or industry and has the capacity to achieve high growth. Nominations must show how the investment has facilitated the growth potential and competitiveness of the company

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This Award recognises investment in a high growth potential innovative early-stage business that is embracing technology to bring an exciting solution to a clear financial challenge or need in the market or society.
Key Criteria
The award is open to start-ups or early stage businesses in any area of FinTech. Both the business and the investor(s) should be identified for the award.
The business should have received angel investment in the past 12-18 months and could have also accessed further external finance from VCs, CVCs, grants or loans. 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. Nominations must show how the investment has facilitated the growth potential and competitiveness of the company.

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This Award recognises the exceptional leadership of a woman founder or co-founder of a high growth potential innovative business and who has demonstrated her capacity to effectively attract investment and ensure the successful growth and scale-up of the company.
Key Criteria
The business must have a woman founder or co-founder and who is taking a strong leadership role in the company. 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 12-18 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. Nominations should also demonstrate that the investment has supported the further growth and scale-up of the business.

This Award recognises the legal firm that is making a significant impact on the ecosystem during the past year, both through actively supporting angel and early stage investment deals and bringing real added value to the investment process.
Key Criteria
Nominations can be made for legal firms of any size and operating at a local, regional, national or international level. Nominations should demonstrate a significant number of UK-based entrepreneurial deal transactions supported which include angels and early stage investors. Nominations should especially focus on what added value the team is bringing to the process through such aspects as costs, specialist support/advice, new tools or services. The specific role or contribution of any specific legal team member can also be described where relevant.

This Award recognises the most innovative and impactful organisation having recently entered the early stage market and that is making a significant and exciting impact on the entrepreneurial finance ecosystem in the UK.
Key Criteria
The Award is is open to any new organisation operating in any part of the UK and which has entered the market within the past 18 months. Eligible organisations include angel groups, new funds and funding models, new services or products serving the entrepreneurial and finance marketplace. The organisation can be offer a direct or online approach and can be focusing on any sector or region.
Nominations must demonstrate what gap they are addressing in the market and what is new or disruptive about their offering within the ecosystem. Nominations must also show what impact the organisation has had to date and what are the prospects for scaling the approach.

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This Award recognises the most active and impactful VC / Early Stage Fund in the UK that is bringing both investment and strong added value to build and scale their portfolio businesses and that demonstrates a key focus on co-investing with angels or providing follow-on funding.
Key Criteria
The Fund can be a VC, VCT, SEIS or EIS Fund and must be focusing on early stage UK businesses and should have made a number of new and /or follow-on investments in the past 12 months. The Team should demonstrate how they are collaborating with angel investors, such as co-investment, follow-on, offering partial exits etc.
Nominations for this award must also demonstrate that the Fund is addressing a key gap in the market and can be focusing on any sector or region. Nominations must show how the investment team is bringing clear added value to their portfolio businesses to facilitated successful growth and scale-up.

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This Award recognises the most active and impactful investor operating outside London and the Golden Triangle that has significantly increased the opportunity for access to risk capital for regional start-ups or early stage entrepreneurs and contributed to the economic growth of their regions.
Key criteria
Nominations should be made for investors in the regions who have made a number of investments in the past 12 months in entrepreneurs located outside London Oxford-Cambridge triangle. The investor can be an individual angel, angel group or early stage fund. The investor(s) must demonstrate that they have not only brought investment but brought significant added value to their investee businesses and directly or indirectly supported the growth of their local economy and /or addressed a clear market failure in their area.

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This Award recognises the most exciting or impactful exit or liquidity event achieved by angels and/or early stage investors in the last 12 month, as a result of backing an innovating UK entrepreneur.
Key Criteria
Nominations can be based on an exit on any basis, either through sale/acquisition, IPO or management buy-out, or through a secondary market. The exit should have included angel investment, but can include a range of further finance sources received by the business. The exit should demonstrate that a considerable uplift has been achieved on the original investment and the multiple should be disclosed where possible. Nominations can focus on any sector but should show the role played by the investors in supporting the growth and success of the business, ultimately leading to successful exit.

This Award recognises the early stage investment deal which has successfully brought together a range of different finance sources and players as co-investors to achieve both a significant level of funding, combined with strong support for the growth and scale of the investee business.
Key Criteria
Nominations can be made for any organisation that has taken a significant role in leading the investment process, including the investor(s), or the intermediary, or the entrepreneur. Nominations must show at least two or more sources of finance co-investing in the deal, at least one of which should be angel investment. Other sources can include angels, VCs, VCTs, EIS Funds, Innovation Grants and Loans.
Nominations should demonstrate not only the range of funding and the total amount raised, but also the role played by the deal leader in both mobilising the different finance sources and added value achieved by the co-investment to support the growth and scale of the business.