Wales Startup Awards launch to celebrate young Welsh businesses

The Wales Startup Awards have launched in a bid to recognise and celebrate the achievements being made by young Welsh firms.

Sponsored by Natwest and Caerphilly-based innovation centre Welsh ICE, the awards are only open to businesses that have been running for three years or less.

There are fourteen categories open for entries, covering a variety of different sectors in Wales. They include the creative industries, finance, food and drink, technology and professional services.

Businesses have till July 1st to send in their applications, which will then be vetted by a panel of judges led by Dylan Jones-Evans, the founder of the Fast Growth 50.

The judges consist of representatives from NatWest and Welsh ICE, and three businesses will be shortlisted per category. Successful applicants will be announced in September.

Jones-Evans, chair of the awards, said:  “The awards will be different to many others in Wales. For the first time ever, it will be an award ceremony that is exclusive to start-ups only – ie firms three years old or less. 

“Many of the category sponsors are successful Welsh companies that were once start-ups themselves and appreciate the hard work and dedication that many entrepreneurs put in at the start of their business.

“It will also get away from the usual black tie approach to business awards and will be held in an informal setting at the award-winning Depot in Cardiff, an entrepreneurial start-up business where street food and craft beer from Welsh enterprise will be served to those attending. It should be a great night and a very different one.”

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