Award Categories

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Please note: due to COVID-19, the 2021 Elevator Awards have been postponed. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Awards team at awards@elevatoruk.com.

New Start of the Year

Sponsored by Business Gateway 

The New Start of the Year award will recognise outstanding performance in a company’s first year of business. Judges will be seeking evidence of developments to date, as well as assessing business ideas, challenges faced, market foothold and levels of success. 

 

Business Success Under 5 Years

Sponsored by Aberdein Considine

The Business Success Under 5 Years award will recognise outstanding performance in growth and development of a company that has been trading for less than five years.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate clear evidence of successful business creation, strategic growth plans and a strong future vision.  

 

Business Success Over 5 Years

Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

The Business Success Over 5 Years award will recognise outstanding performance in growth and development of a company that has been trading for more than five years.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate clear evidence of successful business creation, strategic growth plans and a strong future vision. 

 

Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by Murgitroyd

The Innovation of the Year award will recognise a business or individual with innovation at the core of current or future success.

Judges will be looking for those that can demonstrate a proven ability to create, nurture and develop innovative products, processes or services that substantially improve the commercial performance or prospects of the business.

 

Social Enterprise of the Year

Open for sponsorship 

The Social Enterprise of the Year award will recognise an organisation that gives back, enriches communities and makes a strong contribution to society.

Entrants must be able to demonstrate excellent vision and have a clear social, environmental and/or community impact.

 

Spirit of Enterprise

Sponsored by Knight Property 

The Spirit of Enterprise award will recognise an individual who has shown exceptional resilience despite challenges they have faced.

Judges will be looking for an individual, group or organisation which has had to overcome significant business, personal, economical or physical challenges to get their business over the start-line.

 

Founder of the Year

Sponsored by STV

The Founder of the Year award will recognise the entrepreneurial flair of an individual or team - known as founders - who has successfully completed one of Elevator’s Accelerator programmes – Academic, Flagship, Famous Grouse Ideas Centre Creative, ONE Digital, Grey Matters or Moray Accelerator all powered by Elevator.

Judges will be seeking evidence of the founder’s professional capability and success – including creation and growth of their business, innovative, design-led thinking and a clear strategic future vision.  

The entry can be completed by the founder themselves, or by a third party who would like to see the founder’s efforts recognised.

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by University of Aberdeen

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year award will recognise the entrepreneurial flair and professional capability by an individual aged 30 or under.

Judges will be looking to identify an individual who has launched a business, set and achieved objectives within this plan, and who possesses a high level of entrepreneurship, creativity and strong future vision.

The entry can be completed by the entrepreneur themselves, or by a third party who would like to see the entrepreneur’s efforts recognised.

 

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by TechX at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

The Emerging Entrepreneur of the year award will recognise an outstanding individual who has made a significant professional contribution to the industry in which they operate. 

Judges will be looking for an individual who has built a business with great potential and stands out as a business player, an innovator and a leader; someone who has already made a recognisable mark upon their chosen sector.

The entry can be completed by the entrepreneur themselves, or by a third party who would like to see the entrepreneur’s efforts recognised.

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

The Entrepreneur of the Year award will recognise a world-class business leader who has made an outstanding contribution to their company, industry sector and the wider economy. The individual will be a role model for leadership and someone who can demonstrate a strong record of entrepreneurial success.

Please note there will be no finalists for this award. A winner will be selected, awarded on the night and thereafter be inducted into the Elevator Awards’ Hall of Fame.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

The Lifetime Achievement Award - presented by Elevator – will recognise an individual who, during their lifetime, has made significant and outstanding entrepreneurial contributions to the sector and/or community they operate in.

Please note there will be no finalists for this award. A winner will be selected, awarded on the night and thereafter be inducted into the Elevator Awards’ Hall of Fame.