Posted on February 3, 2017 by staff

Search is on to find 150 best tech start-ups


The search is on to find the UK’s top 150 tech start-ups.

BusinessCloud is launching a search for the nation’s best technology start-ups and we’re welcoming nominations.

The list will be broken down into 12 regions – South East; London; North West, East Anglia; West Midlands; South West; Yorkshire & Humber; East Midlands; North East; Northern Ireland;  Scotland and Wales – with at least 12 businesses coming from each area.

Our panel of judges will also select six entrants for special awards with the full list appearing in the May edition of BusinessCloud.

It follows publication of the magazine’s inaugural 100 Women Role Models of Tech, which reached more than two million people on Twitter and was widely praised.

BusinessCloud editor Chris Maguire said: “Start-ups are the lifeblood of business, especially in the technology sector.

“What’s different about our #startup150 list is that we are casting our net across the UK. When it comes to tech we know that London and the South East is thriving but so are other regions like the North West, South West and the Midlands. We know the tech sector is buoyant in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and we want to recognise them all.

“There’s more than one measure of success but we’re looking for evidence of growth and/or a disruptive element. We want to hear from businesses that have the ability to scale.”

Include location and details of why the start-up stands out from the crowd.

A full list of criteria can be found below but judges are looking for more than just numbers so include details of the founders, obstacles overcome, evidence of investment etc.


  • Tech is defined as a company that is using tech to disrupt a traditional industry or is creating / selling a technology-based product;
  • To be considered for the list a start-up must be less than five years old (launched January 1, 2012 or after) and UK-based;
  • It must be scalable regardless of location and must be fast growing. This could include rising turnover, staff or users;
  • Although not essential, the judges will take into account whether the start-up is still privately owned by the team that started it.