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There are a whole host of reasons why you should participate in the competition. If you are shortlisted, you will be one of four startups to gain public and media exposure for your fledgling brand; you’ll get unrivaled access to industry investors looking for the next big thing; and it’s a great opportunity to network with other promising startups.

You don’t have to take our word for it …
We got in touch with former winner Tom Hatton, CEO of RefME, to find out how the award helped his company soar to new heights. RefME is an innovative mobile tool that helps students save precious study time by automating the referencing for their academic papers. Simply search the book title, ISBN or scan the barcode of the book and RefME will input the reference into your document. Simple!

This start-up has gone a long way from its birth in a dorm-room at Oxford Brookes, and has managed to beat both Twitter and Pinterest for first year growth. More than 500,000 people around the world now use RefMe, and that is due, in no small part, to winning the Best British Mobile Startup award.

Here’s what Tom Hatton, CEO of RefME, had to say about his company’s triumph at the MWC:

1. How did you benefit from participating in the competition and attending MWC?
It put us out there. It made everything very real and we got lots of great feedback from the market as a result.

2. What’s been the most important thing you’ve learned through the process?
Be confident in your product and leave people wanting to know more.

3. How has your business developed since participating in the MWC?
I feel like winning the MWC was a real milestone for us. We’ve gone on to have millions of users around the world and raised millions of dollars.

4. What advice would you give those pitching their start-up business?
Keep your pitch simple and don’t ramble. You don’t have long, so give your audience (and your judges) your greatest hits and make sure you round off with points the audience will remember.

5. What would you say to other start-ups that are thinking about participating?
Do it! Barcelona is a great city and being surrounded by so many people who are in the same industry is so exciting. Go with an open mind and hopefully come back with that award!

If you would like to be one of the start-ups chosen to share this prestigious platform at the Mobile World Congress, enter the competition today. Applications close on 11th November so make sure you submit yours in time to be in with a chance to emulate RefME’s success. Click here to apply!

If you would like to read more about RefME, head over to their website here.