Wales’ 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 Wales startups that made the shortlist are a true snapshot of the future economy, with a collective turnover of over £18m and employing 587 people between them. Of the region’s great passion for entrepreneurship, one finalist said: “It is our belief that any business should be proud to class themselves as a Welsh business. The Welsh economy is being built on the grounds of up-and-coming local entrepreneurs and it is a fantastic feeling to know we are a part of this.”

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 Wales-based Richard Theo, CEO and co-founder of Wealthify, Rachael Flanagan, founder of Mrs Buckét, and Geryn Evans of Project Blue, a previous Wales StartUp Awards winner.

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 Welsh 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. As in previous years, we’ve been blown away by the standard of entries from Wales and truly look forward to crowning the winners.”

The Wales final will take place at DEPOT in Cardiff on 30th June 2022.

This year’s StartUp Awards National Series finalists from Wales are:

B2B Services StartUp

Marketing Purks, Founded by Daisy Purkis

Hexa Finance, Founded by Ben Davies & Stuart Mason

Reclaim Tax Wales, Founded by Joshua Davies

See No Bounds, Founded by Charlott & Jamie McAnsh

Whitestone Media Group, Founded by Dayne & Liby Stone

Lumen SEO, Founded by Aled Nelmes

 

B2C Services StartUp

Revive! Auto Innovations Gogledd Cymru, Founded by Eifion Watkins

YourNorth, Founded by Kelly & Jamie Farr

GEEJ Coaching, Founded by Georgina James

KCM Fitness, Founded by Katie Clement McCreesh

Play Party Create, Founded by Danielle Johnson 

Willow Daycare, Founded by Rebecca Davies

 

Construction & Building Services StartUp

Lattice.Site, Founded by Sankha Deep Das

Temporary Worx, Founded by Carl Morgan & Ashley Daniels

YIVER Properties, Founded by Oliver Thomas

Eclipse Recruitment, Founded by Ellis Grayson 

 

Creative StartUp

Catflap Chats Podcast, Founded by Mikey Rowe

LUNA TIDES Productions, Founded by Thomas James

SHYDOG CREATIVE, Founded by Scott Warne & Lyanne Warne

The Virtual Assistant Experience, Founded by Hannah Roose 

WCS Agency, Founded by Chelsea O’Driscoll

 

Digital StartUp

DCW Insights, Founded by Dean Ward

Identitech, Founded by Manoj Khetia, Scott Jones, Rosalind Burns & John Brassey

Mighty Duck, Founded by Michael O’Neill

Niche Website Builders, Founded by Adam Smith & Mark Mars 

Porter, Founded by Gary Piazzon

 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Marketing Purks, Founded by Daisy Purkis

Agile Kinetic, Founded by Peter Bishop

Lumen SEO, Founded by Aled Nelmes

YIVER Properties, Founded by Oliver Thomas

 

Fintech StartUp

BOXD, Founded by Gwion Thomas, Elen Hughes 

Blukite Group, Founded by Christopher Hamilton 

Stock-Up, Founded by Mayo Twala

Ship Shape, Founded by Daniel Sawko

 

Food & Drink StartUp

Communiti, Founded by James Graham

EISA Tea Co., Founded by Amy Aed & Emily Knipe

Fungtn, Founded by Zoey Henderson

The Old Bakery, Founded by Mark Maguire 

Devil’s Bridge Rum, Founded by Gregor Shaw

 

Global StartUp

Conexus, Founded by Connor Wall

MIB International, Founded by Leona Burton

Cynefn, Founded by Laura Hickman Sell

 

Graduate StartUp

Dill, Founded by Alex-Ioan Coldea

ELYN Boutique, Founded by Elisa Hsiao

Lunia 3D, Founded by Ken Pearce & Yousef Ahmed

Pai Language Learning, Founded by Josef Roberts & Simon Parry-Williams 

NDT South Wales, Founded by Victor Ojabo

 

Green StartUp

Carbon AcCount, Founded by Theresa Bodner & Katherine Lewis

Drop Bear Beer Co., Founded by Joelle Drummond & Sarah McNena 

Sero Zero Waste, Founded by Liz Carnevale & Laura Parry

 

High Street StartUp

APOTHECARY64, Founded by Craig Parker

Cuffed-in Coffee, Founded by Kristian Cuffin

U Melt Me & Gifts, Founded by Becky Oldfield

Xscape Rooms, Founded by Jordan & Nicholas Williams

Karry’s Deli, Founded by Karry Meyrick

 

Innovative StartUp

Cufflink, Founded by Billy Williams & Boris Grekov

Graphium, Founded by Sean Coutts, Rachel Kirby & Katie Jones

Virtus Tech, Founded by George Bellwood & Robin Davies

Route Konnect, Founded by Mohamed Binesmael, Daniel Harborne & Matteo De Rosa

Tyre Glider, Founded by Kevin Baker

 

Medtech & Healthtech StartUp 

Agile Kinetic, Founded by Peter Bishop

Goggleminds, Founded by Azize Naji

Copner Biotech, Founded by Jordan Copner

 

Mobile & Emerging Technologies StartUp

Academii, Founded by Gabrielle Pring

dewin tech, Founded by Geraint Hughes

Ortharize, Founded by Jon Maddison & Chris Flynn

Identitech, Founded by Manoj Khetia, Scott Jones, Rosalind Burns, & John Brassey

 

Online Retail StartUp

Mallows Beauty, Founded by Ronnie Bourne & Laura Mallows

Out of Sync, Founded by Megan, Kate & Jackie Lewis

Peony & Bee, Founded by Becky Oldfield

 

Professional Services StartUp

Aspire Recruitment Services, Founded by Sarah Learney

Moxie People, Founded by Rich Thomas & Sam Cooper-Woolley

Family First Professionals, Founded by Daniel Davison

Support Ethics, Founded by Geraint Lethbridge

Vetted Recruitment, Founded by Deborah Loding & Laura Collings

 

Rural StartUp

Anglesey Bees, Founded by Dafydd Jones

HUNA, Founded by Ffion Boyesen & Bella Mossman

Cardigan Bay Properties, Founded by Helen Worrall & Tania Dutnell 

The Lodge, Staylittle, Founded by Phillip Stasiw & Polly Clark

Virtually Bee, Founded by Bethan Jenkins

Arfordir, Founded by Sion Davies

 

Social Enterprise StartUp

Because Animals Are Worthwhile, Founded by Chloe Carter

Wrexham Feast, Founded by Samantha Harris & Joss Prince

LABRATS, Founded by Alan Owen

Prom Ally CIC, Founded by Ally Elouise

 

Tourism & Leisure StartUp

By the Wye, Founded by Edith, Dawn and Dan Farnworth and Steve Salter 

The Wanderlist, Founded by Laura & John Lewis

Lovetovisit, Founded by Fed Pereira, Alice Aubrey & Georgia Aubrey

Sparkle Pro Caravan Cleaning, Founded by Ian Thomas

Nomadic Washrooms, Founded by Kate & Stu Richards

 

Young Entrepreneur

Marketing Purks, Founded by Daisy Purkis

Dill, Founded by Alex-Ioan Coldea

Drop Bear Beer Co., Founded by Joelle Drummond & Sarah McNena

GEEJ Coaching, Founded by Georgina James

YIVER Properties, Founded by Oliver Thomas

 

Rising Star Award

2B Enterprising, Founded by Jayne Brewer & Sue Poole

Angladdau Enfys Funerals, Founded by Manon Williams & Louise White

Bevovisuals, Founded by Sam Beavan

Clever Cubs Club, Founded by Natalie Thomas

Gifts of Wales, Founded by Kathryn Greatorex

Micro Acres Wales, Founded by Donna Graves & Christopher Graves

Peony & Bee, Founded by Becky Oldfield

Swig Smoothies, Founded by Tomos Owen

The Virtual Assistant Experience, Founded by Hannah Roose 

Tree Law, Founded by Sarah Dodd

 

Cardiff StartUp

Family First Professionals, Founded by Daniel Davison

Conexus, Founded by Connor Wall

Moxie People, Founded by Rich Thomas

Marketing Purks, Founded by Daisy Purkis 

Lovetovisit, Founded by Fed Pereira, Alice Aubrey & Georgia Aubrey

 

North Wales StartUp

Revive! Auto Innovations Gogledd Cymru, Founded by Eifion Watkins 

The Old Bakery, Founded by Mark Maguire

Cufflink, Founded by Billy Williams & Boris Grekov

dewin tech, Founded by Geraint Hughes

 

Swansea Bay StartUp

Drop Bear Beer Co., Founded by Joelle Drummon & Sarah McNena

Whitestone Media Group, Founded by Dayne Stone & Liby Stone

Temporary Worx, Founded by Carl Morgan & Ashley Daniels

DCW Insights, Founded by Dean Ward

 

Valleys StartUp

Niche Website Builders, Founded by Adam Smith & Mark Mars

Mallows Beauty, Founded by Ronnie Bourne & Laura Mallows

Support Ethics, Founded by Geraint Lethbridge

OLLYWOOD, Founded by Oliver Williams