The North East, Yorkshire and Humberside’s most exciting new businesses have been shortlisted as part of a brand new awards programme.

The StartUp Awards National Series has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK which has accelerated since the pandemic began. In 2020, when most of the world was shutting down, more than 400,000 startups were set up in Britain, with similar increases seen in other European countries.

This marked boost in newfound entrepreneurship is mirrored by a huge 2,500 applications which have been received in response to the Startup Awards National Series’ first ever call for entries.

The North East, Yorkshire and Humberside startups that made the shortlist are a true snapshot of the future economy, with a collective turnover of over £11m and employing 437 people between them. Of the region’s great passion for entrepreneurship, one finalist said: “This region is a fantastic place to start any business. 

“With so many support networks around, it is easy to find the advice and support required when you need it. There’s also a wide array of networking events and group meetings regularly for sharing business ideas.”

The cohort of finalists announced today will be considered for the regional prizes by a panel of seasoned judges with experience founding or supporting entrepreneurial ventures. This includes North East, Yorkshire and Humberside-based Nicki Capewell, founder of Pedddle, Simon Dixon, CEO of Hatmill, and Sophie Milliken, founder and CEO of Moja Group Ltd.

Supported nationally by BT, EY, Dell & Intel, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals across the UK who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.

Co-founded by the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, the new series follows the success of the Wales StartUp Awards, after organisers recognised the exceptional potential in the startup scene across the other British regions.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards National Series, said: “New firms are important for generating economic prosperity, employment opportunities and innovation. Since 2016, the Wales StartUp Awards have celebrated this amazing annual contribution to our economy by entrepreneurs and the impact they have on communities across the nation.

“Given the sheer volume of phenomenal startups we’ve heard from since then, as well as the huge post-pandemic shift in people’s desires to take their career in a new direction and set up a business against the odds, we felt it was the right time to take the programme nationwide. We’ve been blown away by the standard of entries from the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside this first year and truly look forward to crowning the winners.”

The North East, Yorkshire and Humberside final will take place at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle on 9th June 2022.

This year’s StartUp Awards National Series finalists from North East, Yorkshire and Humberside are:

B2B Services StartUp

Carousel Media, Founded by Jordan Simpson, Jamie Round & John Lewis

Ellipsis Data Management, Founded by Kathrine Ives & Steven Hassall

The Alcohol Free Drinks Company, Founded by Andy Mee

Meeow Online Networking, Founded by Chris Rabbitt & Simon Glenn


B2C Services StartUp

North Sky Yurts, Founded by Becca McClure & Charlotte Paine

Twelfth City Cyclery, Founded by Thomas Hardy

A-GAME CONSULTANCY, Founded by Adam Hindley, Adam Smith & Adam Mayhew

Seated Sewing, Founded by Kat Paylor - Bent 


Construction & Building Services StartUp

Concrete4Change, Founded by Sid Pourfalah, Michael Wise, Aisling O’Loghlen & Dalraj Nijjar

ECO Simplified, Founded by James Aspey

KERBED IT, Founded by Bradley Abbott

VKB Building Consultancy, Founded by Victoria Bollands

DCM3, Founded by Matt Fox & Craig Brown 


Creative StartUp

SATYA ÈN RO, Founded by Isabella Cavalli

Wigwam Studios, Founded by Ian Smith, Debs Southwood & Dave Mitcheson

Devign Studios, Founded by Gemma Barrett, Adam Smith & Ashley Sherwood

Boxt Socks, Founded by Caroline Dixon & Natalie Prior 

MAD Product, Founded by Claire Wright, Matthew Nelson & Daniel Forster


Digital StartUp

Anyone, Founded by Sam Ducker, Alfred Malmros & David Orlic

Beyond Agency, Founded by Chris Lacey & Emma Fieldhouse

Ddroidd, Founded by Melissa Hendry


Food and Drink StartUp

Allotment Drinks, Founded by Claire Oxley

Fika Coffee Roasters, Founded by Matthew Mitchell & Lynn Hepple

Nidhoggr Mead Co., Founded by Peter Taylor

The Aviator Gin Bar, Founded by Colin Scott & Wayne Richardson


Graduate StartUp, Founded by Matthew Wheeler & Sam Taylor

SeerBI, Founded by Owain Brennan

Pretty Mama, Founded by Alex & Jenny McFadden

Made to Move Sheffield, Founded by Rory Finch  


Green StartUp

District Eating, Founded by Faye Tomson

EOS Security, Founded by Jon Webster

Tred, Founded by Eleanor Metcalf

Harry James Group, Founded by Richard Horncastle, Matthew Lorenzo Young & Michaela Horncastle


Innovative StartUp

Aqualithium, Founded by Tom Black

Hyper, Founded by Peter Denby, Adam Barrowcliff, Damon Bryan & Thomas Hill 

OGEL, Founded by Gary Giles

Powersheds, Founded by Jack Sutcliffe & Simon Hobson


Manufacturing & Engineering StartUp

Food Of Zeus Limited, Founded by Catherine Moore

Modern Persian Kitchen, Founded by Natalie, Debbie & Shari Jahangiry,

Van Guardian, Founded by Michael Horsfall

The Kindr Company Group, Founded by Kate Thompson


Medtech & Healthtech StartUp 

MediMusic, Founded by Gary Jones

iatro Partners, Founded by Tom Porteus

ecovery, Founded by Anthony Burns


Mobile & Emerging Technologies StartUp

Safer Date, Founded by Elaine Parker

Worker Bee UK, Founded by Robert Lorne

PocketCarer, Founded by Emma Harding 


Online Retail StartUp

HEYLO/We Are Low Carb, Founded by Heidi Normanton

Little Black Outfit, Founded by Laura Grayson

Avie, Founded by  Sonya Bachra-Byrne & Liam Nathan Byrne

Sow Clever, Founded by Lucy Emsley & John Emsley

The Herbal Dog Company, Founded by Gemma Stocks


Professional Services StartUp

KMedia, Founded by Kerry Metcalfe

Halo Business Consulting, Founded by Ashleigh & Michael Donald

Riverside Marketing Solutions, Founded by Nicola Halse


Rising Star Award

Online Shop Technologies, Founded by Terry McGinnis

The Revelry Collective, Founded by Christopher Lawley & Nick Wojtowycz

Blossom Training and Development, Founded by Rachael Allen & Madeleine France 

UniQue Vitality, Founded by Rav Mahay

Student Bubble, Founded by Olivia Dovernor & Liam Cautley 

KWIKETO, Founded by Arash Tahmasbi


Rural StartUp 

Wynd Design, Founded by Christina Anderson

DaddyPop, Founded by Andrew Fawcett

Fearne & Rosie, Founded by Rachel Kettlewell


Social StartUp

Chequered Flag Motorsport CIC, Founded by Gary Booth

PyroTalks CIC, Founded by Jason Briggs & Jonathan Jeffery

County Durham Community Radio, Founded by Sean Quilty

Climate 2025, Founded by Sarah Greenfield Clark


Tourism & Leisure StartUp

JS Events, Founded by Jenny Staniforth

Valhalla North Axe Throwing, Founded by Kathryn & Carl Howe

The BOX BNB, Founded by Peter Barrett


Young Entrepreneur

BeGreatFitness, Founded by Bailey Greetham - Clark

Paws Enrich Plan, Founded by Becki Etherington

Nourish Bud, Founded by Rebecca  & Luke Tonk

Snuggy, Founded by Jack Griffiths

KR Relocations Group, Founded by Kiran Dhillon


Leeds StartUp

Anyone, Founded by Sam Ducker, Alfred Malmros & David Orlic

Ddroidd, Founded by Melissa Hendry

Tred, Founded by Eleanor Metcalf

Hyper, Founded by Peter Denby, Adam Barrowcliff, Damon Bryan & Thomas Hill