Judging 2024


/// The Judges of 2024

Sanj Surati

Tiger Heart, Digital Atelier

Shammi Raichura - The hustle awards

Shammi Raichura

Operations Lead at Uber

Jake Fox

Head of Startup Relations, South East Angels

Yvonne Nagawa

Founding Member of Black Seed Ventures

Rachel Murphy

Founder of The Grafter

Clare Zhang

Pre-Seed Investor at Playfair Capital VC

Deborah B. Williams

Founder and CEO of The Women’s Association

Ade Ahmadu

Strategy and transformation professional and ex-Meta

Akua Opong

Senior Associate at LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group)

Bindi Karia

Innovation Expert, Advisor, and Venture Partner at Molten Ventures

Stephanie Melodia

Founder, Advisor & Podcast Host

Ashleigh Ainsley

Co-Founder of Colorintech

Charlotte Bloom

Award-winning business growth strategist and serial entrepreneur

Viviane Paxinos

CEO of AllBright

Bindi Karia

Innovation Expert + Advisor, Venture Partner at Molten Ventures

Mark Wright

Apprentice Winner,

Digital Marketing Specialist

/// The Judging Process

The awards have a specially curated judging panel, featuring a cross-section of business specialists, relevant to the award category. We go to great lengths to ensure each panel has both expertise and diversity, so that every entry can be assessed accurately and from a mix of viewpoints.

/// Step 1 – Initial scoring:

The judges for each award review and independently score every entry in their allocated category on our online judging platform, paying close attention to the criteria laid out on the entry form. The highest scoring entries from Step 1 will be put through to Judging Day.

/// Step 2 – Scoring review and shortlist selection:

The judges come together on Judging Day – 16 May to discuss each entry in depth, after which, they again independently score each entry. The highest scoring entries are then shortlisted & the winners decided.

/// The scoring:

The transparency and security of the judging process is hugely important to us. All scores are collated, verified to avoid anomalies, and then averaged to determine the winner. The Hustle Awards team supervises the judging process to identify and avoid any risk of bias and judges are asked to sign NDA’s and recuse themselves where they have a personal or professional interest.