Dattch is a dating app that offers an alternative to the extreme ‘love’ or ‘sex’ solutions offered by other dating sites. The objective of the app is to get the user dates, in the simplest, quickest way possible.
The app is intended for young, single, social people who enjoy spending time with friends, going to new places and trying new things. Its aim is to take its users’ single lives and make them better. The app shows users people in their area who are looking for a date. The process is simple, if users like a profile, they message the person and get on the date quickly.
Charlotte Nicol (Most Curious Tours)
Most Curious Tours is a new company providing unique and sustainable arts tours in the UK. The tours travel in small groups by scenic railway routes, and the group stays in independent accommodation and attends local concerts and theatre productions in locations that are specifically important to the arts. The business will provide short breaks and one- and two-week tours from May to November for groups of 2-10 people. The tours include accompanied visits to art galleries, concerts, theatre productions, and other places that help define the arts in the UK.
James Sutton (Bloomtrigger CIC)
Bloomtriggeris pioneering a new, visual model of online fundraising to empower people to protect rainforests in a simple, affordable, and creative way. The business supports local forestry communities on the ground by promoting sustainable development and environmental awareness. Deforestation accounts for approximately one fifth of global carbon emissions, one of the primary causes of climate change. The bloomtrigger project aims to raise £100M to protect one million hectares of the most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. Bloomtrigger enables individuals, businesses and primary school children to help protect their own part of the rainforest. They sell a virtual currency called 'blooms' and one bloom (which costs 50 pence) will help to protect approximately 50m2 of forest.
Sam Zawadzki (AdvancetoGO.com)
AdvancetoGO.com is an organisational platform that helps private landlords manage property. The platform is similar to organising groups and events on Facebook, but is specifically designed for properties, tenants, and documents. Landlords upload information about their properties which generates adverts that automatically post to multiple sites (e.g. right-move, s1homes, and gumtree), saving time. AdvancetoGO provides template lease agreements, guarantor forms, and inventory statements and can pre-populate tenants' details. The platform stores and backs-up information (e.g. meter readings, security codes, insurance certificates, licenses, warranties and guaranties), meaning all documents can be accessed through any computer.
Commiserations to Malcolm Bell (Zaggora), Adrian Green (JobHat), Mark Windsor (Full Windsor), John MacLeod (LUX Creations) and Lisa-Marie Brown (Pinkspiration) who were shortlisted but did not win this time around.
Basically anyone young starting their own business, I would just advise them to keep their head down and don’t get disheartened when things go quiet because everyone gets quiet spells. Also don’t try and get too big too quick. Progress steadily and you should succeed.