Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business

Only One Week to Go to Enter the 2021 Wales Startup Awards


New businesses in Wales are being urged to enter the annual Wales Start-Up Awards which will again celebrate the contribution that new entrepreneurial firms make to job creation, creativity and innovation across the Welsh economy.

Created by Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, assistant pro-vice chancellor at the University of South Wales and founder of the Fast Growth 50, the Wales Start-Up Awards are the only business awards in the UK that focus specifically on recognising the achievements of those new businesses launched within the last three years.

Professor Jones-Evans said,

“The last twelve months have been particularly difficult for businesses in Wales and yet despite the challenging conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen thousands of new firms being created in Wales. We have already had a record number of entries for this year’s awards and with 27 categories to enter, I am sure we will see the best of Welsh entrepreneurship from all sectors in the economy and all parts of the nation”.

The full list of awards is as follows:

  • Business to business services startup of the year
  • Cardiff Start-Up of the Year
  • Construction startup of the year
  • Consumer Services startup of the year
  • Creative startup of the year
  • Digital startup of the year
  • Financial and professional services startup of the year
  • Fintech startup of the year
  • Food and drink startup of the year
  • Global startup of the year
  • Graduate startup of the year
  • Green Startup of the year
  • High street business of the year
  • Innovative startup of the year
  • Manufacturing startup of the year
  • Medtech startup of the year
  • Mobile and emerging technology start-up of the year
  • North Wales startup of the year
  • Prince's Trust Cymru startup of the year
  • Online retail startup of the year
  • Rising stars
  • Rural startup of the year
  • Social enterprise startup of the year
  • Swansea Bay startup of the year
  • Tourism and leisure startup of the year
  • Valleys startup of the year
  • Young entrepreneur of the year

The 2021 awards will be held at the Depot in Cardiff on September 9th with the overall sponsor being Capital Law, a leading provider of commercial legal services to private and public sector clients throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.  Other sponsors include

  • ALS
  • Bad Wolf TV
  • BIC Innovation
  • Bluegg
  • Business in Focus
  • Business News Wales
  • Chambers Wales
  • Cognis Capital
  • Creating Enterprise
  • EvaBuild
  • Fintech Wales
  • Freight Logistics Solutions
  • Genmed
  • GLLM Food Technology Centre/GlynllIfon Rural Economy Hub
  • GRC World Forums
  • Lux Family Law
  • Mazuma
  • M-Sparc
  • NatWest Bank
  • Niche IFA
  • North Wales Economic Ambition Board
  • Penderyn Whisky
  • Prince’s Trust Cymru
  • Principality Building Society
  • Swansea Bay City Deal
  • Tiny Rebel
  • Town Square
  • University of South Wales
  • Universities Wales
  • Visit Wales
  • WCVA
  • Young Enterprise.

Entries close on May 31st and to qualify, the startup should be independently owned, located in Wales and have started to trade on or after June 1st 2018.  All the shortlisted finalists will be assessed by a panel of judges that includes some of Wales’ leading entrepreneurs such as Professor Simon Gibson, Rachael Flanagan of Mrs Bucket, Shelim Hussein of Eurofoods, Kate Methuen Ley of Tiger Cardiff stores, James Taylor of Superstars and Richard Theo of Wealthify.

Further information about the 2021 Wales Start-Up award and how to enter can be found online at