The Top 10

What is Virgin StartUp 10: Scotland?

Virgin StartUp's competition to find the best startups in Scotland!

We're celebrating Scottish entrepreneurship by shining a light on the top 10 small businesses in the country.

Scroll down to see the startups selected as the top startups in Scotland.

The winners were chosen by some of Scotland's most successful entrepreneurs.

The Prizes

The overall winner will get:

  • Named Virgin StartUp’s Scottish Business of the Year 2018
  • Money can’t buy mentoring sessions from each of our judges
  • Marketing and PR support from Virgin StartUp
  • Legal support from a leading Scottish law firm

The Top 10 will become official Virgin StartUp Ambassadors in Scotland, benefitting from:

  • Named one of Virgin StartUp’s top 10 best small businesses in Scotland
  • Use of an official badge for their website
  • Free tickets to any Virgin StartUp event

There will be a very special prize for the top 3 most impactful businesses in the Top 10 – to be announced later!


Meet The Judges

Leah Hutcheon, Appointedd

Leah Hutcheon is the founder of Appointedd, an Edinburgh-based tech company revolutionising the way bookings are made online. Leah is a proud ambassador for Women's Enterprise Scotland and a member of Entrepreneurial Scotland. 

Cally Russell, Mallzee

Cally is the founder of Mallzee, the UK’s leading multi-retailer shopping app. The Dundee University Graduate has grown Mallzee to employ 25 people, raised over £3m in investment and won a range of tech, fashion and entrepreneurial awards generating over 1.25 million downloads in the process.

Jackie Waring, Investing Women

Jackie is Founder and CEO of Investing Women, and leads Scotland’s only all-female business angel group. Publicly recognised by Scotland’s First Minister; she is a major player in shaping the ‘ScotCanDo’ eco-system; boosting Scotland’s female-led companies.

Bob Keiller, Scottish Enterprise

Bob is the Chairman of Scottish Enterprise and was previously CEO of Wood Group, a company with $7 billion sales and over 40,000 employees. He was named Scottish Businessman of the Year 2007, and voted “Scottish Male Business Leader of the Year” at the Scottish Leadership awards 2011.

The Judging Criteria

So what will our judges be looking for? Here's what your startup will be judged on if you enter our competition:


What impact does your business have on the community it operates in and on Scotland as a whole? That could be employing local people, working with local charities, bringing people together or contributing to the local / Scottish economy.


Do you have a story that will inspire others to follow their dream of starting a business? Have you had to overcome adversity to turn your idea into a reality? It’s these qualities that help others know that starting their own business is achievable and we want to showcase them.


Does your business have a strong USP that’s changing the way business is done in your industry?  This doesn’t have to be a high-tech innovation, it just needs to be different to what’s gone before.


Does your business have the potential to grow and become a champion of Scottish entrepreneurship?  

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