City start-up firm up for two awards

AN Edinburgh-based start-up, AdvancetoGO, has been named as the only Scottish company to make it to the finals of two national competitions: The Pitch and Shell Livewire’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

AdvancetoGO is an online alternative to the traditional letting agency, supporting private landlords and empowering tenants.

Co-founder Sam Zawadzki, 22, is one of just eight finalists for the Shell Livewire Awards, chosen from hundreds of applicants. The awards are open to young entrepreneurs aged 16 – 30 based in the UK with an innovative new business less than 12 months old.

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The winner will walk away with the title, trophy and £10,000 for their business.

The company is also one of four chosen from thousands of entries to represent England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales at the Grand Final of The Pitch 2012 to be held in the iconic Ministry of Sound in London.

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Mr Zawadzki said: “We are very excited to be through to the finals of two high profile national competitions. It makes me proud to champion Scottish business and winning would give UK-wide exposure for the Scottish entrepreneurial community.”