This year, VOOM returned, bigger and better than ever. More than 3,500 businesses
battled it out across two categories for their chance to win a share of £1M in prizes.
But only two could be crowned winners…
Winner of the Spark & Startup category, the science events company dedicated to nurturing a passion for science through hands-on workshops for children.
Winner of the Scale & Grow category, this London-based SME uses machine learning and AI to diagnose, treat and support people with hidden communication disabilities.
SEMI-FINAL WRAP UP
80 game-changing businesses pitched their hearts out for the chance to become VOOM 2018 finalists. Catch the triumphs, tears and tenacious entrepreneurs who are set to be the ones to watch this year.
FLASHBACK TO THE FINAL
Six businesses battled it out for the chance to win a share of £1M in prizes. Live from London, we’ve got all the backstage gossip, winners reactions and some pearly wisdom from our judges – including the Godfather of Virgin himself.
PAYPAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Winner - Lauren Hampshire, Milky Tees
When it comes to international ambition, Milky Tees is the next global giant. Think unique breast-feeding T-shirts that help mums feed their babies discreetly and stylishly. What more could you want?
VIRGIN UNITE IMPACT AWARD
Winner - Joanna Wright, Organic Blooms
This bloomin’ marvellous business not only grows and sells beautiful flowers, it also delivers social change by supporting people with learning disabilities. Big impact? Not half!
THE G AWARD
Winner - Gauthier Van Malderen, Perlego
Leading the way for education is Perlego, the textbook subscription service that makes academic content more affordable. That’s lean learning for the future – just the way it should be.
Winner - Becky Ingham, Hookpod
They’re saving the planet one sustainable fish hook at a time. And with an impressive £60,000 raised through crowdfunding, we reckon you like the idea just as much as we do.
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
Winner - Nigel Blanchard, Heroes4Hire
What do you get when you mix dedication, determination and tenacity? Heroes4Hire is what – the handyman service that trains, recruits and employs ex-service personnel who struggle to find work after leaving the armed forces. Sir Mo Farah’s a fan, and so are we.