Tonight’s Wales Start-up Awards 2020 will this year be streamed via Business News Wales and social media channels following the decision to run this year's awards in a virtual environment.
The awards will be going live online at 7 pm on this page.
The full 2020 Wales Start-Up Awards programme available here and contains a short summary of every finalist.
We would like to encourage all those of you on social media to tweet or send messages throughout the evening using the hashtag #WSUA20
Now in their fifth year, they are exclusive to Welsh companies that have launched within the last three years and provide a unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those new businesses that are making the greatest impact on the Welsh economy. The awards were originally due to take place on Friday September 18th at the Depot in Cardiff.
Founder of the Awards, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, said:
Unfortunately, government restrictions have meant that Wales Start-up Awards have gone online for the very first time. Whilst we would all like to be meeting face to face with a beer in hand, we were still determined to celebrate the 107 new businesses shortlisted for 26 awards in 2020.
As with every year, we will be acknowledging outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship from all sectors and locations from across our great nation. Yet again, we will recognise the talent, ambition and innovation in Wales' brilliant start-up community.
With new firms creating the majority of jobs as countries emerge out of recession, this year’s finalists, along with thousands of other start-up businesses across Wales, will be critical in ensuring that the Welsh economy recovers quickly over the next twelve months.
“With the overall awards sponsored by Capital Law, we are delighted to have a wide range of organisations from the Welsh entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting us this year including Business News Wales, which is sponsoring the manufacturing startup of the year.
I look forward to working with Mark and his team to promote the best of Welsh new businesses over the coming months.
Business News Wales Managing Director, Mark Powney, said:
Hosting this year's virtual awards fits with our own investment in virtual platforms. Eventually, this dreaded virus will go away, virtual alternatives however will not and are now very much of the new normal that we are transitioning to.
Whilst it is a shame the awards can't be celebrated in the usual fashion, all credit to Dylan and his team for making the virtual awards happen. From someone who started businesses in the last two recessions, I think it’s a great time to start a company. Trust me, the recovery next year will be just as steep as the decline we are all experiencing, If you’re thinking of starting a business now is the time to start lining up your plans.