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Business to Business Services Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start up operating in the business-to-business services industry in Wales. The judges are looking for new businesses that are able to show growth through the provision of excellent services to customers or other businesses.
Construction Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start up operating in the construction and building services industry in Wales. The judges are looking for a new business that has made an immediate and significant impact in the construction sector and has a clear vision for its future success.
Consumer Services Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start up operating in the business-to-customer services industry in Wales The judges are looking for new businesses that are able to show growth through the provision of excellent services to customers or other businesses.
Creative Start-Up of the Year
This award recognises those start-ups that are operating in the highly important creative sector. The judges are looking for new creative businesses that use creativity skills and talent to create original content.
Digital Start-Up of the Year
This award recognises those start-ups that are operating in the highly important digital sector. The judges are looking for new digital businesses that are achieving growth through the right mix of innovation and exceptional customer experience.
Financial and Professional Services Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start-up operating in the financial and professional services sector. The judges are looking for new businesses that are changing the financial and professional services industry through new and innovative products or solutions.
Food and Drink Start-Up of the Year
This award is for those start-ups who are developing new food products and drinks in Wales. The judges are looking for new businesses that have great potential to make a real impact in the food and drink industry in Wales over the next few years.
Global Start-Up of the Year
This award is for those ‘born global‘ start-ups who have been trading internationally since the business was established. The judges are looking for those start-ups that are internationally focused and are growing their businesses through increased overseas trading.
Graduate Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start-up in Wales which has been founded by an individual (or individuals) who have graduated from a Welsh university in the last three years i.e. since July 1st 2016. The judges are looking for those graduates that have demonstrated entrepreneurial flair to develop a new business since leaving university.
Green Start-Up of the Year
This award recognises those start-ups developing those products, processes or services that are resulting in significant environmental improvements. The judges are looking for new ventures that are fully committed to green business and are harnessing their innovations to make a real difference to future sustainable development.
Innovative Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any innovation-driven start-up in Wales. The judges are looking for a new business that focuses on global and regional markets, is based on a clear business model, is scalable in the long term and has a an ownership base that includes external capital.
Manufacturing Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start-up based in the manufacturing and engineering sector in Wales. The judges are looking for new businesses that are using cutting edge manufacturing techniques to create new high quality products.
Retail Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start-up based in the retail sector in Wales, including both those with a shop front and trading online. The judges are looking for new businesses that demonstrate retail excellence and have achieved growth through exceptional customer experience.
Rural Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start-up in Wales which is rurally-based i.e. located outside towns with more than 10,000 resident population. The judges are looking for businesses that have made a significant impact through innovation and enterprise in rural Wales.
Technology Start-Up of the Year
This award recognises the success of those new businesses that have created and developed innovative products or processes that have significant potential for growth in the future. The judges are looking for new businesses that are disrupting their sector through a clear commitment to continued innovation.
Tourism and Leisure Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start-up based in the tourism and leisure sector in Wales. Judges are looking for those new businesses that focus on excellence in delivering customer service and demonstrate innovation in tourism and leisure products and services.
Valleys Start-Up of the Year
This award is open to any start-up in Wales which is based in the South Wales Valleys (which includes Neath and the Neath Valleys, North Bridgend and the counties of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent). The judges are looking for businesses that have made a significant impact through innovation and enterprise in the South Wales Valleys
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
This award is made to individuals under the age of 30 on September 20th 2019 who have established their own start-up in the previous three years. The judges are looking for individuals who demonstrate ambition, energy, skill and vision, as well as tangible business success, in creating and developing an exceptional start-up during the last three years.
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Wales Start-Up of the Year 2019
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