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09th June 2021
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2021 Wales Start Up Awards Finalists Announced (including Mediwales Members Kingston Medical Equipment and Garments!)

The shortlist for the 2021 Wales Start Up Awards has been announced today.

Now in their sixth year, the awards are due to take place on September 9th at the Depot in Cardiff. They are exclusive to Welsh businesses that have launched within the last three years and provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those new firms that are making an impact on the Welsh economy.

Having received a record 750 entries, a total of 90 finalists have been selected across twenty-seven categories covering all sectors in Wales.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of South Wales who created the awards back in 2016, was delighted at the high number of entries into this year’s competition during the worst economic crisis ever;

“Over the last fifteen months, we have seen record numbers of new firms being created in Wales despite the challenges faced by businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic and this is reflected in the high quality and quantity of the entries to the awards which will make the final judging even more difficult this year. In particular, the Rising Stars category for startups less than 12 months old was the most competitive of all the categories and shows how new businesses have flourished despite the various lockdowns.”

Various studies have shown that entrepreneurship remains an important element of economies around the World, and it is clear that companies like our finalists, who perceive an opportunity and take a risk to create a new business, will be critical in ensuring the recovery of the Welsh economy over the next few years. It’s good to see that 44% of the finalists are female entrepreneurs as closing the gender gap in new business starts is critical in boosting the Welsh economy.

The sponsors for this year’s awards come from all parts of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Wales including Capital Law, NatWest Bank, BIC Innovation, Bluegg, Business in Focus, Business News Wales, CEMET, Chambers Wales, Fintech Wales, GLLM Food Technology Centre, Glynllifon Rural Economy Hub, M-Sparc, North Wales Ambition Board, the Prince’s Trust Wales, the Swansea Bay City Deal, University of South Wales, Universities Wales, WCVA and Young Enterprise.

There is also support for the awards from a range of entrepreneurial Welsh firms such as ALS Managed Services, Bad Wolf TV, Creating Enterprise, Evabuild, Freight Logistics Solutions, Genmed, GRC World Forums, Lux Family Law, Mazuma, Niche IFA, Penderyn Whisky, the Principality Building Society, Tiny Rebel, Town Square and Wolfberry, as well as London-based venture capital firm, Cognis Capital.

Chris Coughlan, senior associate of the overall sponsor Capital Law said:

“It’s heart-warming to see so many start-ups in Wales continue to innovate and grow during such uncertain times. At Capital, we’ve always admired the talent and creativity of Welsh entrepreneurs. That’s why we support these awards. This year, the record number of applications, and the agility they demonstrate, is truly impressive. It’s certainly going to be difficult to choose winners among such high-quality finalists.”

The 2021 Wales Startup Awards finalists are as follows…

Business to Business Services Start-Up of the Year:

DCW Insights

Dewin Tech

Infoteam International

UK Gummy Company

 

Cardiff Start-Up of the Year:

Aura Ads

Configur

Talent Ticker

Yoello

 

Construction Start-Up of the Year:

Inndex

Intuety

PS Engine

Temptag

 

Consumer Services Start-Up of the Year:

Beaming Babies

EcoFriendly Energy

Kitchens by Emma Reed

Meithrinfa Cywion Bach Nursery

 

Creative Start-Up of the Year:

Aura Ads

The Blackened Teeth

Iungo Solutions

Zodiak VFX

 

Digital Start-Up of the Year:

Configur

Cufflink

Porter

Talent Ticker

Web Marketer

 

Financial and Professional Services Start-Up of the Year:

Care Ethics

Central Recruitment Services

Elizabeth Jones Law

Moxie People

 

Fintech Start-Up of the Year:

Kuva

Monva

Ship Shape

Yoello

 

Food and Drink Start-Up of the Year:

Bragdy Cybi

Cardiff Distillery

Mallows Distillery

The Good Pud

 

Global Start-Up of the Year:

Ecoslurps

Log 6

Olew

Semper Paratus 

 

Graduate Start-Up of the Year:

Caerphilly Eats

Grow up Gaby

Pai Language Learning

Route Konnect

 

Green Start-Up of the Year:

ArcitekBio

Eco Friendly Energy

Harvst

Log 6 

 

High Street Start-Up of the Year:

Cocovanille

Cuffed in Coffee

Loaded Burger and Fries

SY23 Restaurant

U Melt me and Gifts

 

Innovative Start-Up of the Year:

Grafmarine

Intuety

Nightingale HQ

Starfish Labs

 

Manufacturing Start-Up of the Year:

Harvst

LIMB-art

Slate Creation

The Good Pud

 

Medtech Start-Up of the Year:

Agile Kinetic

Cansense

Ceryx Medical

Kingston Medical Equipment and Garments

 

Mobile and Emerging Technologies Start-Up of the Year:

Dewin Tech

PSEngine

Starfish Labs

Techdrobe

 

North Wales Start-Up of the Year:

Aspire Leadership Academy

Inndex

Merch Locker Print Shop

Semper Paratus

 

Online Retail Start-Up of the Year:

Bad Ass Mother Runners

Mallows Beauty

Mesoa for men

Olew

The Blackened Teeth

 

Prince’s Trust Wales Start-Up of the Year:

Grow up Gaby

Not Your Grandma’s

Sero Zero Waste

Welsh Luxury Hamper

 

Rural Start-Up of the Year:

By the Wye

Llaethdy Mynydd Mostyn

Meithrinfa Cywion Bach Nursery

The Farmers Arms Llanybri

 

Social Enterprise Start-Up of the Year:

Mubo

Prom Ally CIC

Swperbox

Yma

 

Swansea Bay Start-Up of the Year:

DCW Insights

Kitchens by Emma Reed

Temptag

The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen

 

Tourism Start-Up of the Year:

Black Mountain Bespoke Breaks

By the Wye

Henry’s Chepstow

The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen

 

Valleys Start-Up of the Year:

Care Ethics

Central Recruitment Services

Infoteam International

Nightingale HQ

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

Ronnie Bourne and Laura Mallows (Mallows Beauty)

Oliver Williams (Ollywood)

Tim Winstanley (Pendragon Drinks)

Sina Yamani (Yoello)

 

Rising Stars:

Consumer Insights Lab

Darogan Talent

Fleet-e

Haia

Lumen SEO

Onesta

Penbedw Lamb

Reworking (Reliving Limited)

Shroot

The Scouted Hub

The Sorbus Tree

Willow Day Care