Life after Smarta 100: Teamly

What stage was your business at when you won the Smarta 100 last year?

Teamly was at a transition point - we started in the middle of 2010 and we got off to a great start, but the road to building a great business is rarely linear and we had some ups and downs during 2011. Towards the end of that year, things started coming together again as we won the Smarta 100! It was a great boost, and it reminded us that we'd achieved a lot and our persistence had been worth it. It was a great honour to be named as one of the UK's most resourceful, original, exciting and disruptive small businesses.

Why did you enter the awards?

I'm a big fan of awards, they're a great way to raise awareness for a business, help validate what you're doing with customers, and they're great for staff morale, as well as helping with recruiting. It takes time to prepare a good award application and of course you're not guaranteed to win but if you do the return is well worth it.

What was the experience like?

Fantastic! As well as the free drinks, we enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the networking and be part of an exclusive group of great companies.

How has your business benefited from being a part of the Smarta 100?

It's been good validation for us, especially when talking to customers. We can leverage the fact that Smarta's panel of judges picked us out from all the other excellent applicants, and identified us as a disruptive new business.

What has your business achieved since being named a Smarta 100 winner?

2012 has been a good year so far for Teamly. We've raised angel funding, and took part in the renowned Silicon Valley accelerator programme, 500 Startups. As part of the summer batch, we're one of 28 tech start-ups from all around the world. Spending time in Silicon Valley has been amazing, with access to fantastic mentors and surrounded by leading software businesses.

What is your top tip for any company thinking of entering the Smarta 100 this year?

Go for it! Think about what makes you unique and how you can stand out from the crowd.

For more information about the Smarta 100, click here

For more information about Teamly, click here

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