Welsh ICE founder named entrepreneurs’ champion of the year

Gareth Jones, the founder of Caerphilly-based start-up incubator Welsh ICE, has been named the Entrepreneur’s Champion of the Year.

He received the title at the Entrepreneur Wales Awards, which was held at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday, November 12th. The event celebrated the best of Welsh entrepreneurship and business.

Speaking after the ceremony, Gareth said: “It was a real honour to be recognised as the Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the year. This win is recognition of the fantastic work the ICE team has put in over the past year, from the board right through to our staff, partners and associates.

“Unfortunately, I was not at the event to receive the award with the team as I was in Milan – working with other operators of co-working spaces, discussing potential projects and partnerships.

“It was also a pleasure to see our very own Cariann Jones from Wize Virtual Admin nominated for Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year.”

The award follows Welsh ICE securing £250,000 in funding to support Welsh start-up businesses through the ICE 50 programme. The latter offers recipient businesses a full-time desk and 12 months of mentorship.

Talking about the recently launched ICE 50, Jones added: “ICE 50 has been phenomenal with some fantastic entrepreneurs pitching us their ideas for new businesses.

“Although the application has closed, we will always endeavour to extend the scheme beyond the original plan for the right project, and I encourage anyone who has a burning passion to start their own business to get in touch with us, regardless of the time frame.”