Award Categories

The 2022 awards recognise the outstanding achievements of early stage investors and the businesses they back. Click on the buttons below to view the finalists.

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Accelerator of the Year

Recognising the accelerator with the most dynamic and innovative programme of support for early stage founders.

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Angel Investor of the Year

Recognising the most active and impactful angel investor backing start-up and early stage UK businesses, bringing not only vital risk capital, but significant added value to support the growth and success of their portfolio.

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Angel Group of the Year

Recognising the most active and impactful angel group in the UK, making not only a significant number of investments during the past year, but bringing strong added value to support the growth and success of their portfolio.

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Best Investment in Sustainable Innovation

Recognising an early-stage business that has accessed equity investment to develop an innovative solution to the challenges of sustainability.

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Best Legal Team for Early Stage Deals

Recognising 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.

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Best Woman-Led Investment in Innovation

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.

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Creative Screen Innovator of the Year

Recognising the exceptional leadership of a founder or co-founders of a creative screen-based business.

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Deep Tech Investment of the Year

Recognising the investors and founders that are pioneering deep technologies like AI, machine learning, IoT and robotics to achieve fundamental breakthroughs to global challenges.

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Exit of the Year

Recognising the most exciting exit by an early stage investor in the last 12 months as a result of backing an innovating UK entrepreneur.

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Hard Tech Investment of the Year

Recognising the founders and early stage investors whose disruptive innovations in research-intensive and capital-intensive sectors such as health & life sciences, engineering and manufacturing are driving the future economy

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High Growth Woman Founder of the Year

Recognising the exceptional leadership of a woman founder or co-founder of a high growth business.

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Investment in Diversity Champion

Recognising a key individual in the UK early-stage investment ecosystem that is taking a leadership role in breaking down barriers for access to equity investment  for founders from diverse backgrounds, including women founders, Black and ethnic minority founders, or other overlooked groups.

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Most Active Investor in the Regions

Recognising the most active and impactful investor in leading entrepreneurs from across the UK’s regions.

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Scale Up Team of the Year

Recognising the most active and dynamic entrepreneurial team who, through strong leadership and teamwork, have achieved fast growth and scale of their highly innovative business.

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Seed VC of the Year

Recognising the most active and impactful early stage fund in the UK, bringing investment and support to build and scale their investee businesses.

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