Smarta 100 / Special Awards Nominees: Innovation
Who will win?
Our judges decide on the overall winner from the shortlist of five companies you can see above. The winner is announced on 8 November at the Smarta 100 Awards Ceremony.
Historically, this is one of the toughest categories for our judges to decide on as, by nature, every business in the Smarta 100 will have created a little niche for itself through terrific innovation. The shortlist consistently think outside the box, coming up with innovative ways to improve our lives and expand their business in new ways.
The overall winner will have to stand head and shoulders above the others by proving it is the most disruptive in its sector, the most entrepreneurially-run company, the most promising business or the small business making the greatest improvements to its customers' lives in some way.
The winner of this category last year was Plumen. Having come up with the world's first designer energy saving lightbulb.
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Special Awards Shortlist
Congratulations to all Special Awards nominees – it was a close competition!
- » Best use of InnovationA week's stay at the exclusive Lower Mill Estate holiday house in the Cotswolds for up to five people
- Charity Engine
- EcoEgg (winner)
- » Best use of Technology£1,000 worth of Intuit products
- Funding Circle (winner)
- » Best use of Resources£1,000 business insurance products
- Magaluf Takeover
- Maskarade (winner)
- RedDog Design
- Simon Beattie
- » Best use of Marketing A three-hour PR and communications workshop, worth £1,000, with founders Michael Hayman and Nick Giles
- Alyssa Smith Jewellery
- Less Packaging Company
- MediaDevil (winner)
- Oil and Gas People
- » Best use of People£1,000 worth of training from NatWest Mentor
- Enterprise Labs
- Hatstand Nelly
- Livity (winner)
- The Bicycle Academy
- Young Rewired State