Nominate

Nominations for the Green Innovation & Finance Awards are now closed. Please get in touch with jenna.read@vitessemedia.co.uk if you have any questions.

Nomination guidelines

The Green Innovation & Finance Awards is open to innovators, financiers, and advisors working within the green economy.

The judges will convene two weeks before the awards ceremony to review all of the shortlisted nominations. They will decide the winners based on written submissions, supporting materials and video assets, so please include as much information as possible within the word limit.

Whether you’re nominating yourself, or an innovator, financier, project, university or business leader you believe should win, please fill out the nomination form using the criteria (listed below) of the category most relevant to your entry.  

Remember, the judges will refer to each criteria to guide their decisions, so shape your entry accordingly.

Each written submission should be at least 600 words and a maximum of 1,000 words. There is no cost to nominate, and you can enter as many categories as you wish.

A member of the Green Innovation & Finance Awards team will reach out to everyone who nominated around four months before the awards ceremony to tell them whether they have been shortlisted as a finalist. Good luck!

Innovator of the Year

This award recognises the developer of the most groundbreaking technology, product or service that promotes the green economy. Judges will look for nominations detailing the impact of the technology/product/service has had on the green economy, how it was developed, how it’s being funded, and what makes it particularly innovative.

Entrepreneur of the Year

This category celebrates the most successful visionary in the green economy, who has advanced the cause of their business more effectively than their rivals, whether through pioneering technology, or innovative services. Judges will look for a tangible contribution to the green economy.

University of the Year

This award acknowledges the most industrious university in producing the strongest spin-out projects in green innovation. Judges will look for at least one stand-out case study, and will consider a range of issues including the volume and quality of the spin-outs, the number of external venture-backed spin-outs, and the number of patents secured over the past 12 months.

Infrastructure Financier of the Year

This award recognises the late-stage finance provider that has done the most to catalyse large-scale green projects in the past 12 months, such as wind farms, solar parks or wide-scale bio-gas projects.

Impact Investment Fund of the Year

This category celebrates the investment fund that has done the most in actively placing capital in businesses within the green economy, while addressing socio-environmental issues in the past 12 months. Judges will look for examples of investment activity, demonstrable return on investment, and added value to the community it serves.

Circular Economy Champion of the Year

This award celebrates the company or institution that has the most comprehensive circular economic business model. The judges will be looking for examples of scale, and of the positive impact on small and medium businesses in the supply chain.

Fast-Growth Champion of the Year

This award is for the company or organisation which has displayed the most commitment and vision for sustainability, with proven revenue growth over the past 12 months. Judges will also look for examples of sustainable design and the manufacturing of zero-waste products that can be cycled back in its manufacturing process at the end of useful life.

Deal of the Year

This award acknowledges the company that has planned and executed the best acquisition, merger, fundraising or flotation during the past 12 months. Judges will need to know the details of the transaction: which parties were involved, what difficulties were navigated, and what the overall impact of the deal has been on the green economy.

Adviser of the Year

The judges will reward the professional advisory firm that has provided real depth of expertise to companies in the green economy. Judges will look for the firm that has provided the most added value to their clients in terms of insight, counsel and returns.

Innovative Financier of the Year

This award recognises the early-stage growth finance equity and/or debt provider that has done the most to help a groundbreaking green business project start up and grow in the past 12 months. Judges will look for details such as the kind of finance provided, the volume and value of its deals in the green sector, and future commitments planned for the sector.

Project of the Year

This award recognises the project with the biggest impact on furthering sustainable development through innovation without degrading the environment, either in the clean energy, water, transportation, land or property development or waste management sectors.

Business Leader of the Year

This award recognises the chair or chief executive that has made the greatest impact towards achieving their firm’s sustainability goals, or the wider green economy.