New firms are the lifeblood of any growing economy, creating wealth, developing innovation and, most importantly, generating jobs in local communities.
With research showing that new businesses create the majority of employment in most countries, they make the real difference in improving prosperity across Wales every day.
The Wales Start-Up Awards were established in 2015 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.
They are also currently the only awards in the UK that focus specifically on celebrating the success of new businesses.
The Wales Start-Up Awards are held every year in partnership with the Depot, Cardiff's premier events venue where the start-up community can come together in an informal and relaxed atmosphere (strictly no black tie!) to celebrate the best of Welsh entrepreneurship.
I look forward to seeing you there in September with all of our 2020 finalists!
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE
Creator of the Wales Start-Up Awards