Incubator or accelerator of the year

Incubators and accelerators play a pivotal role in the tech and business eco-system by supporting companies with innovation, funding, and connections into academic environments.

In the last few years there has been a rise in the number of incubators and accelerator programmes, but which ones deserve recognition?

Judges will be looking for:*

  • Information about the programme/ incubator and how it started
  • Evidence of how you have supported businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Details around future for the programme
  • Evidence of collaboration with other business networks
  • If applicable, figures of amount of funding raised for your cohort of alumni businesses
  • Examples of businesses that have ‘graduated’ and become a success

*Your 800 word entry and supporting document(s) should cover these points

You can upload up to eight supporting documents to back up your 800 word entry. These can be accreditations, testimonials, case studies, images, videos or accounts and financial information. Call 0117 325 7779 if you have any questions.


If the files you are looking to submit are too large to be added here please send direct to oli.ballard@businessleader.co.uk and we will ensure the file gets added to the main entry and sent to the judges.



Upload your 800 word document (5MB file limit)*


Upload a supporting document - you can upload up to 8 (2MB file limit each)


Maximum amount of supporting documents reached




How do I enter?

Please have all information and supporting documents ready for your entry before continuing. If you need any information or assistance regarding entry to the Awards call 0117 325 7779.

Please see hints and tips below and provide evidence/content that demonstrates how your business or organisation meets the criteria outlined in the bullet points.

You have up to 800 words to demonstrate why you should win your chosen award.

Entries should be submitted in a Word document (or similar) and uploaded using the specified field

You can upload up to 8 documents to support your entry. This can be evidence of financial or other performance, certificates, accreditations, testimonials or other supporting documentation. You have up to 2MB per file. For larger uploads, incompatible files or video please contact our team on 0117 325 7779.

Hints and Tips

Entries that 'show' rather than 'tell' will stand a better chance of recognition and becoming shortlisted. Don't just say your business is the best but demonstrate why.

Clearly outlined entries using bullet points and sub-headlines will be easier for judges to read and analyse. Some awards will also require evidence of financial performance.

Please note that when assessing your entry a judge may want to call you to discuss elements of your entry or visit your business, so please provide your full contact details.

All entries are subject to our terms and conditions and judges' decisions will be final.

Please note: If you are shortlisted, at least one member of the company must be present on the evening to collect the award.