Who is eligible?

To be eligible to enter, businesses must:

  • have started to trade on or after 20th September 2016
  • be based in Wales
  • be independently owned i.e. is owned by its founders/independent investors and is not a subsidiary of another business

The Judging Process

The Wales Start-Up Awards have been designed to be as simple as possible.

Applications are to be received by 11.45pm on 8th July 2019. Following receipt of entries, the Judges will draw up a shortlist of a minimum of three finalists for each award who will then be interviewed in the week of the 29th July by a panel of judges (which will also include an independent judge).

The interviews will be the process by which the winner of each category is chosen. Initial entries will be assessed by a small panel of judges consisting of Professor Dylan Jones-Evans (chair), along with representatives from Capital Law (the main sponsor of the awards) and NatWest.

The decision of the judges is final regarding all categories for the Wales Start-Up Awards.

The Categories

The Wales Start-Up Awards have the following awards in 2019:

  • Business to Business Services Start-Up of the Year
  • Construction Start-Up of the Year
  • Consumer Services Start-Up of the Year
  • Creative Start-Up of the Year
  • Digital Start-Up of the Year
  • Financial and Professional Services Start-Up of the Year
  • Food and Drink Start-Up of the Year
  • Global Start-Up of the Year
  • Graduate Start-Up of the Year
  • Green Start-Up of the Year
  • Innovative Start-Up of the Year
  • Manufacturing Start-Up of the Year
  • Retail Start-Up of the Year
  • Rural Start-Up of the Year
  • Social Enterprise Start-Up of the Year
  • Technology Start-Up of the Year
  • Tourism and Leisure Start-Up of the Year
  • Valleys Start-Up of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year