Rising Stars
Opens 17 Sep 2019 12:00 AM (UTC)
Deadline 4 Nov 2019 12:00 PM (UTC)
Description

Welcome to the Rising Stars Application Form

This application will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

We are asking you to provide information about:

- Company founders, company vision, your product or service

- Financial information including investment, revenue and growth

- Employees and your Board

- Business metrics you measure your success by

- Your development - i.e. have you been through an accelerator


Application Criteria

Only companies that meet the criteria below will be forward to shortlisting:

- Company incorporated between 1-3 years

- HQ’d in UK

- A digital tech business with a product or service to sell*

- At Seed to pre-Series A funding stage. If the company is bootstrapped, maximum annual revenues are £1.5m

- At least one active client or pilot

- Ambition to scale

- Able to commit to Rising Stars dates

*Rising Stars is not open to consultancies or agencies


Application Judging

Applications will be scored by our panel of judges on the following criteria:

1.  Value Proposition- Have you communicated the problem you solve effectively? What impact does your solution have - does it answer a clear need? 

2.  Competitive Advantage - what is your USP?  Who are your competitors and how will you stay competitive?

3.  Current Traction - What progress have you made in the last 12 months?  What do you measure your success?

4.  Scaling - how do you plan to scale? What is your ambition?  


Judges Advice

What makes a good Rising Stars company?

  • The stage: You need to have progressed past the concept stage, have a product or service and be generating revenues

  • The USP: Have a differentiated, unique proposition

  • Commercial viability: You don’t need to be profitable yet, but your path to profitability needs to be clear

  • Demonstrate traction: Whether that be rising revenues, customers or favourable metrics

  • Show us your vision: What is the big picture?

What separates a good application from a great one?

  • Demonstrating good market knowledge and the ability to benchmark your company against a well-known business

  • A passionate founder who reacts well to questioning

  • A clear and concise explanation of what the business actually does - don’t overuse technical terms

  • Clear ability to articulate the reason why there is a need for your product or service

  • Good formatting – not hard to read or follow

What tips would you give a founder who’s completing a Rising Stars application?

  • Dedicate several hours to the application

  • Remember that the person who is reading may not be an expert in the sector

  • Understand and answer the questions

  • Have an impartial friend read through the application – does it make sense to them?

Applications are open until midnight on Sunday 3 November.  Shortlisting will take place between 5 and 25 November - we will contact you by 26 November to let you know whether you have been shortlisted to go to the Semi-Final.

Unfortunately we cannot provide individual feedback on applications.


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Rising Stars


Welcome to the Rising Stars Application Form

This application will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

We are asking you to provide information about:

- Company founders, company vision, your product or service

- Financial information including investment, revenue and growth

- Employees and your Board

- Business metrics you measure your success by

- Your development - i.e. have you been through an accelerator


Application Criteria

Only companies that meet the criteria below will be forward to shortlisting:

- Company incorporated between 1-3 years

- HQ’d in UK

- A digital tech business with a product or service to sell*

- At Seed to pre-Series A funding stage. If the company is bootstrapped, maximum annual revenues are £1.5m

- At least one active client or pilot

- Ambition to scale

- Able to commit to Rising Stars dates

*Rising Stars is not open to consultancies or agencies


Application Judging

Applications will be scored by our panel of judges on the following criteria:

1.  Value Proposition- Have you communicated the problem you solve effectively? What impact does your solution have - does it answer a clear need? 

2.  Competitive Advantage - what is your USP?  Who are your competitors and how will you stay competitive?

3.  Current Traction - What progress have you made in the last 12 months?  What do you measure your success?

4.  Scaling - how do you plan to scale? What is your ambition?  


Judges Advice

What makes a good Rising Stars company?

  • The stage: You need to have progressed past the concept stage, have a product or service and be generating revenues

  • The USP: Have a differentiated, unique proposition

  • Commercial viability: You don’t need to be profitable yet, but your path to profitability needs to be clear

  • Demonstrate traction: Whether that be rising revenues, customers or favourable metrics

  • Show us your vision: What is the big picture?

What separates a good application from a great one?

  • Demonstrating good market knowledge and the ability to benchmark your company against a well-known business

  • A passionate founder who reacts well to questioning

  • A clear and concise explanation of what the business actually does - don’t overuse technical terms

  • Clear ability to articulate the reason why there is a need for your product or service

  • Good formatting – not hard to read or follow

What tips would you give a founder who’s completing a Rising Stars application?

  • Dedicate several hours to the application

  • Remember that the person who is reading may not be an expert in the sector

  • Understand and answer the questions

  • Have an impartial friend read through the application – does it make sense to them?

Applications are open until midnight on Sunday 3 November.  Shortlisting will take place between 5 and 25 November - we will contact you by 26 November to let you know whether you have been shortlisted to go to the Semi-Final.

Unfortunately we cannot provide individual feedback on applications.


Apply
Opens
17 Sep 2019 12:00 AM (UTC)
Deadline
4 Nov 2019 12:00 PM (UTC)