Finalists for Wales Online Digital Awards announced

The finalists for the first ever Wales Online Digital Awards have officially been revealed today.

Launched this year, the awards are aimed at recognising the businesses and entrepreneurs helping to put Wales on the map through digital innovation.

There are 12 different categories in total, including Best Digital Start-up, Young Digital Person of the Year and Digital Ambassador of the Year.

Newport-based Innovation Point, the digital innovation company of Wales, is the overall sponsor of the awards. Its mission is to accelerate the growth of Welsh tech.

The awards presentation ceremony will take place at Mercure Holland House in Cardiff on June 8th, kicking off with a drinks reception sponsored by CPS Group.

In the Best Digital Start-up category, service design firm Leadin, robo investor Wealthify and fintech company Delio Wealth have been shortlisted.

Meanwhile, Rhondda-based app developer Jackson Davies, Jessie Hickman from Crunch Digital Media and Will Roberts from WeBox Digital are up for Digital Person of the Year.

Individual entrepreneurs are also being recognised for their success. Richard Theo of Wealthify, Steve Jones of Comparision Creator and Matt Warren of Veeqo will compete in the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year category.

There are several specialist categories too. Aspire2be, the Big Learning Company and Edukey Education have been shortlisted for the edtech category, while Digital Profile, Spectrum Collections and Veeqo battle it out for the e-commerce gong.

Sion Barry, business editor of the Western Mail and one of the three judges of the Wales Online Digital Awards, said the awards highlight the best in Welsh technology.

“These awards showcase the excellence that exists in Wales’ fast-expanding digital sector, from established innovative firms and entrepreneurs driving impressive market share, to exciting start-ups with huge potential for growth,” he told Tech Dragons.

“For the Welsh economy to thrive in an ever increasing digital world, where advances in automation will radically change how we live and work, then we need a sector that is not only vibrant, but fleet of foot to exploit the huge commercial opportunities that will arise.

“And it is hoped that the finalists and winners of the inaugural WalesOnline Digital Awards 2017 will encourage a new wave of businesses and innovators to follow in their footsteps.”

He said that selecting the finalists wasn’t an easy task and thanked the support of the other judges. “I would also like to thank fellow judges in chief executive of Innovation Point David Warrender and its head of engagement Jo Golley for their invaluable insight and expertise,” he said.

“Such was the depth and quality of the near 200 entries, it was not any easy task to agree the finalists in the 11 categories. And for those that have missed out we would urge them to enter again for next year’s awards.”

The complete list of finalists can be found here.