New businesses are the lifeblood of any growing economy. They create innovation, vitality and, most importantly, jobs in local communities.

With research showing that new firms create the majority of employment in any economy, they can make the real difference in improving prosperity across Wales.

The Wales Start-Up Awards were launched to recognise the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service, and who are often the unsung heroes of the business community. 

The Wales Start-Up Awards is different to many others in Wales. It gets away from the usual black tie approach to business awards and is held in an informal setting at the award-winning DEPOT in Cardiff, an entrepreneurial start-up business where street food and craft beer from Welsh enterprises will be served.

More importantly, this is an award ceremony that is exclusively for Welsh start-ups and will focus on celebrating their success across the economy.

We look forward to seeing you there

Liz Brookes
Grapevine Event Management
Co-founder, Wales Start-Up Awards

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE
Co-founder, Wales Start-Up Awards

Our Judges

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    Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE

    Dylan is Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) at the University of South Wales and has been championing entrepreneurship in Wales for over 20 years and is the creator of the Wales Fast Growth 50 Awards. Dylan is the co-founder of the Wales Start-Up Awards which were launched in 2016 with the aim to recognise the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service.

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    Liz Brookes

    Liz founded Grapevine Event Management in March 2011 and it is now one of the most well recognised corporate events companies in Wales delivering high quality creative and innovative events. Liz is one of the co-founders of the Wales Start-Up Awards. Speaking about the awards Liz has said, “We wanted the awards to recognise the best of new businesses in Wales in a relaxed atmosphere. Now in our fourth year, these awards bring inspiration for the next generation of start-ups in the Welsh economy.”

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    Alys Carlton

    Alys is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial team at Capital Law. She joined Capital in 2014 after 11 years working for a Magic Circle firm in London and Milan. Alys advises on the full range of corporate transactions including private equity and venture capital, corporate governance and restructuring. This is the second year Alys would have been involved with the Wales Start-Up Awards. She is of the firm view that the awards give the businesses recognised a fantastic platform for growth.

  • Siwan Rees

    Siwan is the Entrepreneurship Development Manager at NatWest. 

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    Independent Judges

    Aimee Bateman – Founder & CEO, Careercake
    Gareth Jones – Founder & CEO, Town Square Spaces
    Harri Coleman – Director, FABRIC
    Caroline Thompson – CEO, Be The Spark
    Kate Methuen-Ley – Executive Officer, Sure Chill
    James Taylor – Founder & Managing Director, SuperStars