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UK and Ireland Entrepreneurs & Startups take note - The Self Starter Awards are back!

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by Startacus Admin

UK and Ireland Wannapreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Startups and Self Starters read on to see what prizes are on offer in this year's Startacus Self Starter Awards!

The Startacus Self Starter Awards are back! Launched back in 2013 the Startacus Self Starter Awards aim to recognise the work of early stage self starter / entrepreneur / startup folk and this year return with another fab package of prizes. So far this Self Starter Awardsyear, the prizes up for grabs are from a whole array of companies including lead sponsor Marketest and leading brands FreeAgent, Monkfeet, NetLawman, 123-reg, StartupZap & Startacus itself!

MarketestLast year, with the help of lead sponsor Marketest and a host of other brand sponsors, we celebrated and awarded some of the stand out Startacus members with a weekly Self Starter of the Week title. At the end of 2014 the weekly winners had the chance to pitch to Startacus and Marketest on why they should be awarded the Startacus Self Starter of the Year award itself with the top 8 going forward to a public vote on who should be the overall Self Starter of the Year.

In 2013 the acclaimed title was won by Jennifer Duthie, Founder of Skribbies, and last year, with the public vote introduced, Suzanne Noble of Frugl was voted the overall worthy winner. This year’s awards aim to build upon the success of the last two years with a host of prizes on offer to the winner and two runner ups.

So what makes someone a Self Starter?

Self StartersWe are looking for Startups Founders / Entrepreneurs / Self Starters / all-round mavericks who can clearly demonstrate that they have the self starter spirit! They need to be able to show that they have done something with their big (or small) idea, project or startup. The Self Starter Awards aim to reward the early stage startup / entrepreneur / self starter for doing something with that big or small idea that they have had, so ideally we’d love to highlight all those good folk we have the tenacity, passion and belief to take that idea and make it a living and breathing reality!

But let us be clear - self starters can come in all shapes and sizes, so whether you are turning that hobby into a part time business, making the next big tech startup, or just have an innovative idea on how we can change the world, we are all eyes and ears!

So what can self starters win?

The 2015 Self Starter of the Year wins:

  • £1000 credit to use with Marketest for business to consumer based market research
  • 12 months free use of online accounting software FreeAgentSelf Starter Prizes

  • 3 months free use of Monkfeet online business classes

  • £250 to spend at Net Lawman on Legal Document templates

  • £150 credit to spend on email marketing care of 123-reg.

  • A framed startup themed motivational poster care of Startup Zap and a bundle of posters and stickers

  • A feature on Startacus itself :)

  • A 300 x 250 size advert on Startacus for 30 days!

2nd Place 2015 Self Starter of the Year wins:

  • 12 months free use of online accounting software FreeAgent

  • £150 to spend at Net Lawman legal Document templates.

  • £100 credit to spend on online marketing care of 123-reg.

  • A framed startup themed motivational poster care of Startup Zap

  • A feature on Startacus

3rd Place 2015 Self Starter of the Year wins:

  • 12 months free use of online Accounting software FreeAgent

  • £150 to spend at Net Lawman

  • £100 credit to spend on email marketing care of 123-reg

  • A framed startup themed motivational poster care of Startup Zap

  • A feature on Startacus

Each Weekly Winners...

  • Firstly selected weekly winners will win the acclaimed Self Starter of the Week title

  • They will appear as the Self Starter of the Week on Startacus, be promoted on Twitter and Facebook, be highlighted in on our exclusive Self Starter of the Week page, and have the chance to self-interview for a feature to appear on Startacus site

  • All Self Starters of the Week will be given the opportunity to win the end of year Self Starter of the Year title and prizes!!

And hold yer horses - as the weekly awards run from June 2015 to December 2015 we will of course add extra brand prizes as we go along for the yearly award winners, so do expect further announcements over the coming weeks. 

If you are a brand / business and would be interested in supporting our Self Starter Awards simply contact
[email protected] saying just that!

How can you be considered?

Criteria & Terms to be considered a Self Starter of the Week...

  • You must be a Startacus member (sign up here if you ain’t already)

  • You can still be considered as a weekly Winner this year, even if you were a selected weekly Self Starter in 2013 or 2014. Self Starters don’t just come and go you know! Dates of awards may chance depending on circumstances. 

  • You have to be a resident of the UK or Ireland to apply - (UK including Channel Islands and Isle of Man)

  • Anyone 18+ can apply

  • You need to be able to show how you are a self starter - whether via your profile page, your tweets, your message, your blog post / story, your email etc.

  • A nice profile pic helps - adds to the character of the page we think.

  • You can’t be a family member of either Startacus or Marketest as we are doing the shortlisting.

  • Active participation on Startacus itself, via Twitter, Facebook etc, will help - self starters will be prob doing this anyway!

  • Prizes are care of Self Starter of the Year brand sponsors and Startacus is not responsible for the value of the gift should a brand sponsor renege on their gift.

Good luck to all you self starters out there and let the 2015 Self Starter Awards begin!

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Published on: 27th May 2015

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