The search to find the UK’s top 150 technology start-ups is off to a flying start.

Last week BusinessCloud launched its quest to discover the hottest young tech companies and the first nomination was submitted within 30 seconds of the story appearing online.

The names of more than 50 promising firms have  already been put forward from across the UK for #startup150.

Readers have been joined by industry experts in sending in their recommendations for up-and-coming fledgling companies.

BusinessCloud reporter Katherine Lofthouse, who is collecting nominations for the list, said:  “Judging by the sheer volume of talent that we’ve already seen in the nominations, selecting 150 start-ups to watch will be no mean feat for our judges.

“We want to hear from the disrupters, discover the dark horses and tell the world about the incredible tech opportunities that are about to arise from the belly of the British tech scene.

“We know that London and the South East has a thriving tech community, and that’s a well-earned accolade, but the rest of the country has an incredible amount to offer as well, which is why we are so adamant that the list be representative.

“The 150 up-and-comers that will appear on the list will have to demonstrate that they will be the ones to shake up their industries.”

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There is still time to nominate a tech start-up for the list, which 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.

The magazine’s inaugural 100 Women Role Models of Tech list reached more than two million people on Twitter and was widely praised.

To nominate a start-up email startup150@businesscloud.co.uk by April 3, 2017. 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.

CRITERIA

  • 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.
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