Fundraising: Award nomination for founders of

Helen Barrett

Two social entrepreneurs who set up the charity fundraising search engine have been nominated for a national newspaper award for business innovation.

Nominations for the Daily Telegraph Business Personality of the Year Awards were announced last week as the search engine celebrated its first birthday. The awards are voted for by the paper's readers and recognise the achievements of people who have left salaried positions to start out on their own, have overcome disabilities or have given money and time to working with charities. Everyclick founders Polly Gowers and Julia Felton must wait until September to find out if they have won.

"It is great to see what we set out to do coming to fruition," said Gowers, a former professional horsewoman. "At times we have questioned our sanity at taking on such a task, but it has been so worth doing."

Gowers and Fenton put up their houses as security to raise funds for the launch of the search engine. It is designed to be an ethical alternative to Google because 50 per cent of its revenue is donated to charity. The venture has raised more than £30,000 to date.

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