Democracy matters! Vote now in MT's very own tech start-up Election

Here's MT's very own election for all you democracy junkies - vote for your favourite Brit start up in the MT/eBay Digital Small Business Powerlist election.

by Andrew Saunders
Last Updated: 29 May 2015


MT doesn’t know about you, but last week’s knife-edge political contest has turned us all into election nuts.

So we’ve come up with another fix of democracy in action for all you fellow sufferers - the MT/eBay Digital Small Business Power List.

This is a brand new and exciting way to: 

a) showcase the best and brightest of new Brit digital start-ups, and prove that the UK’s tech sector gives nothing away (at least in terms of creativity) to the giant names of Silicon Valley.

b) give you out there in the MT community your chance to vote for your favourites on our shortlist.

How does it work? Well we have asked our panel of the great and the good, featuring some of the UK’s leading digerati including James Meekings of Funding Circle, Julie Meyer of Ariadne Capital, Dan Wagner of Brightstation, Sarah Wood of Unruly Media and Sarah Calcott of eBay, to name their favourite Brit digital start-ups.Young businesses which are leading the way, creating new markets and disrupting old established ones, delighting customers and making lives easier, smarter and faster all over the country and indeed the world.  

The shortlist our esteemed panel has come up with is inspirational, exciting and eclectic, featuring as it does everything from heroes of the sharing economy to those helping to make the internet of everything happen, from ace app developers to pioneers of synthetic biology.

You the great MT massive can then vote on your favourites form the shortlist, and then vote again for your favourite of favourites. The list will be whittled down to eight for the final cut, one from each vote plus the highest placed runner-up.  Yes, you get two votes, and in contrast to last Thursday’s shindig you wont get thrown in the tower for using them both.

To help you decide, we’ll be profiling the picks of each of the seven judges over the next fortnight. Voting in the first round opens today and will continue until 11.45am Weds 27th May.

Finalists will be announced on 28th May with the chance to have your final vote on the overall winner. The lucky chosen one will be announced at MT Live in London on June 25th. Books your tickets now.

Don’t forget to take part, and tell your friends/colleagues/relatives to get in on the act too. Because as we were all reminded so forcefully on May 7th, unexpected and interesting things happen when you give people a vote. 


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