New firms are the lifeblood of any growing economy as they create wealth, develop innovation and, most importantly, generate jobs in local communities.
With research showing that new businesses create the majority of employment in any economy, they are making a real difference every day in improving prosperity across Wales.
The Wales Start-Up Awards were established in 2016 to recognise the achievements of those amazing individuals who have had a great idea, spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service. Such entrepreneurs and their new ventures are the unsung heroes of the business community and we feel it is important, now more than ever, to recognise their talents, creativity and sheer hard work.
Now in their sixth year, the Wales Startup Awards are also the only awards in the UK that focus specifically on celebrating the success of new businesses and recognise businesses across all sectors and all parts of Wales
Whilst the Wales Start-Up Awards had to go online in 2020, we are aiming to return to the Depot in Cardiff in September 2021 so that the start-up community can come together again in an informal and relaxed atmosphere (strictly no black tie!) to celebrate the best of Welsh entrepreneurship.
I hope to see you all there!
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE
Creator of the Wales Start-Up Awards