With the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs fast approaching, the organisers are looking out for amazing startups founded by women to enter Enterprise Nation’s Female Startup of the Year.

Enterprise Nation tells us, “The idea behind the pitching competition is to shine a spotlight on early stage start-up entrepreneurs who are excelling in their industry. Whether it’s creating an innovative product or disrupting a traditional marketplace, we need to see a clear vision for the direction of the business as well as ambitious plans for growth.”

Sound like you? You have until 5 October to apply and will need to impress these judges (pictured above) with your pitch:

  • Helen Smyth, head of SMB community engagement, Facebook
  • Mel bound winner of Female startup of the year 2016Mel Bounds, founder, This Mum Runs (pictured right – she was the winner in 2016).
  • Mike Jackson, investor, entrepreneur & director of scale-ups at Shaw & Co
  • Sharron Gunn, executive director, ICAEW
  • Alison Edgar, The Entrepreneur’s Godmother
  • Carolyn Radford, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Mansfield Town FC

What does the winner get?

If you win (apart from the prestige of being named ‘Britain’s Female Start-Up of the Year 2017‘, of course) you get the following prize package:

  • Facebook advertising credit
  • Quarterly business mentoring for a year from KPMG
  • £200 Treatwell voucher to spend on a beauty or spa treatment from Direct Line for Business
  • Two Dua LIpa tickets at an O2 Academy of the winners choice from
    Signed cycling top by Laura Kenny, the most successful female British Olympian, from HSBC
  • ‘Power your business with Square‘ – includes a Square reader and Dock (worth £58+VAT) plus £1k worth of free processing
    A one-hour consultation and lunch with Clive Lewis, head of enterprise at ICAEW and a £100 voucher to spend at PC World
  • Two tickets to Enterprise Nation’s Scale up event in London.

Interested? You have until 5pm on 5 October 2017 to apply to be Enterprise Nation Startup of the Year. Note, you will need to be an Enterprise Nation member to enter (which is £3 to £5 a month). You can also follow the competition by following @e_nation on Twitter.