Each week Startacus awards a member of their online community with a ‘Self Starter of the Week’ title, in recognition of entrepreneurial spirit, inspiring work, innovation, enterprise success, or social impact.
From 2014’s weekly winners, 8 finalists were selected to pitch to the Startacus community, describing why they deserved to be awarded the Self Starter of the Year title. With fierce voting over the past week Startacus has now announced that the winner is Suzanne Noble.
It’s a common problem facing thousands of Londoners every week: you want to go out, but you’re strapped for cash. Frugl is seeking to change all that with its new app aimed at Londoners on a budget.
So far the team have chalked up thousands of downloads, various award nominations, even a ton of coverage in the national press – and that’s only in the first year. Clearly when it comes to great nights out, this team certainly is not Frugl.
One year on after launching Frugl, with the help of a new co-founder and some web developers in Shoreditch, Suzanne has herself a thriving digital enterprise that has already been featured in The Sun, The London Evening Standard, Look, and Tech City News.
Startacus Co-Founder Alastair Cameron said:
"We are delighted that Suzanne has been named as our Self Starter of the Year as she demonstrates really well the ethos we try to nurture within the Startacus community.
"She is enterprising and innovative, but most importantly she is an inspiration to anyone who has ever thought of doing something with their big or small idea; living proof that with guts, determination and a lot of hard work, pretty much anything is possible”
Suzanne was delighted and flattered to accept the award, which comes after the busiest and most challenging year of her life. She said:
“Winning the "Self-Starter of the Year" feels like a real achievement after twelve months of what has been a roller coaster ride of a year. From being on the Accelerator Academy to launching Frugl, winning the Smarta Mobile Business of the Year and achieving thousands of downloads, I can't remember a time in my career that was packed with so many exciting and challenging moments.
"I'm looking forward to utilising some of the fabulous prizes, especially the market research package Marketest that will prove to be especially useful as we move into our next phase of development."
Along with the accolade of being named Self Starter of the Year, Suzanne has also won a treasure trove of prizes; £1k worth of consumer market research from Marketest, a Huddlebuy gold card, Creative Barcode membership, Innovation Bank membership, £100 of Moo.com credit, £250 of Net Lawman Credit, 1 year’s free use of Penelope and a ‘Self Starter of the Year’ trophy.
Will Thomas from key sponsor Marketest explained their involvement:
“The Self Starter of the Year Award provides us with a brilliant opportunity to help one deserving entrepreneur gain a better insight into their target market. We offer £1,000 worth of market research to the winner and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
We are proud to say we are the leading sponsor of the award because Startacus and Marketest share an important, common goal - which is to help Startups!"
You can check out our interview with Suzanne where she discusses why building contacts is an essential entrepreneurial skill.