Outstanding Start-up Award

You’re thinking about entering the Outstanding Start-up Award Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Outstanding Start-up Award at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open until 30th August 2020. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Note – Applicants may find that their application into the Outstanding Start-Up Award category may also be a ‘fit’ for another category, such as:

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.

HMA is interested in seeing initiatives that have been identified, driven, and resolved within our region (Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast).

Focus of the Category

This category recognises a successful new start-up in the manufacturing sector.  This business is established and producing and selling its initial product/s to its target market/s.  This is a standalone business, not a subsidiary of a larger enterprise.

This category is not for businesses that are still in the development phase without ongoing production and sales established but have been trading for less than two years.

Note – Applicants may find that their application into the Outstanding Start-Up category may also be a ‘fit’ for another category, such as Manufacturer of the Year etc.

By adapting the information to fit the criteria of other categories you give yourself the opportunity for your product, process, etc. to be profiled in more than one sector.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an attachment to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. In the event you need further assistance, clarification or want to submit appendix documentation larger than 20MB, please contact Carol McEwan on 0438 242 899.

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Disruptive and Bold

Describe the nature of your new business.  How bold has your entry into the market been?  Are you targeting a significant disruption to the market with your business?  How did you choose this strategy?

10 / 110

  1. The Market
  • How did you define your specific offer?  How did you validate the fit for your offer with the market opportunity?
  • What strategy did you adopt to take your business to the market?
  • How did you develop that approach?
  • How successful has this strategy been?  Describe any changes you have made to your initial strategy and why these were made.

10 / 110

  1. Risk Management
  • Describe your approach to identifying the risks to your startup and how you have managed them?
  • Have new risks emerged as you executed your business plan?  What were they and how did you respond to them?

10 / 110

  1. Established Sales

Provide details of your sales performance to date.  How did you achieve that?

10 / 110

  1. Customer Engagement and Feedback
  • Describe the nature of your relationship with your key clients and how you established those relationships.  What do you do to sustain those relationships?
  • How do you gather feedback from your clients and what do you do with that information?

10 / 110

  1. Focus

How have you ensured that you stayed focused on your strategy and didn’t get distracted by all the things that pop up along the way as you get your business going?

10 / 110

  1. Agile and Flexible

Describe how you have been able to quickly adapt to changes in the market or from internal learnings as your business has developed?

10 / 110

  1. Mentoring

Describe how you have sought to access ideas and input from experienced external advisers.  What benefits have you derived from this external guidance?

10 / 110

  1. Smart Technology and Systems

Describe how you have used smart technology to improve one or more aspects of your business from production technology, finance, logistics or collaboration.

10 / 110

  1. Scalability

Describe the extent to which your new business is scalable.  What planning has been put in place to scale the business up as the opportunity arises?

10 / 110

  1. The Right Employees and Culture
  • How have you gone about ensuring that each person who joins your business will be a good fit and make a strong contribution to your growth?
  • What strategies do you use to keep your employees engaged with the business and actively contributing to its development?
  • Have you implemented any flexible organisational structures that differ from the traditional hierarchical trees?  Describe your approach.
  • What is your approach to recognising the work of your employees and rewarding them?
  • What strategies do you have in place to retain your best people?

10 / 110

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 30th August 2020.

Follow the below link to start the registration process.

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