The Hustle Awards: Rising Startup Award

The Hustle Awards are back for 2024, and Startups Magazine is here to help you through the entry process.

The Hustle Awards are the networking event of the year – and are also the unrivalled badge of excellence and the benchmark for all startup businesses to aspire to.

Our mission is to:

  • Recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, companies, and innovation
  • Raise standards across the sector, with a particular focus on diversity, inclusion, and sustainability
  • Inspire and celebrate the creative and entrepreneurial journey
  • Deliver a rigorous and transparent judging process with a panel of business leaders

So, with that in mind, we are here to help you decide on the best category for you. First up: Rising Startup Award!

If you are a young entrepreneur making waves straight out of university, or still in education and juggling the life of a business starter, this category is to recognise you and the hard work you have put in.

We know that as a student, your ideas are hard to contain, and we want to highlight those of you who are taking your work the extra mile!

Who is eligible for the award?

While many still feel young at heart, we have had to define what we refer to as a young entrepreneur. If you’re still in education, or graduated between the years of 2021 and 2023, and have started a business, you are eligible to win this award.

Tell us why you should win

This isn’t the time to be humble about your achievements, and there is no room to let imposter syndrome rear its head, you need to shout about yourself and tell us why YOU should win this award.

When entering, outline why you are entering this award, and convince the judges that your entry should be considered. What makes your product or service different? What is genuinely new and innovative? What are your future plans for the business? How does the product or innovation deliver real benefits to customers?

Evidence of achievement

While it’s great to shout about your achievements, the judges do need to see evidence of your claims. Testimonials to back up your claims should be obtained from clients, partners, and industry figures, rather than employees of the organisation.

Supporting materials are highly recommended to help the judges make their final decision. However, do be mindful of what supporting materials are used, as it’s limited to up to three images and one video link per entry.

Good luck!