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Ship Shape shortlisted for StartUp Awards National Series

Start-Up Award Finalist - Ship Shape
Start-Up Award Finalist - Ship Shape

Cardiff-based Ship Shape has been named one of the most exciting new businesses in the region after being 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.

There was stiff competition with over 2,500 applications received in response to the Startup Awards National Series’ first-ever call for entries.

Daniel Sawko, CEO and Co-Founder of Ship Shape said:

“It’s great to be recognised for the traction we have built around our Venture Capital Search Engine, with VCs, Accelerators, Universities and Investment Banks already using it to deliver significant value-add to the many entrepreneurs they support, in addition to their own in-house research needs.
We’re delighted to be supporting entrepreneurs across the UK - even if that means making this competition even more challenging in future!”

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 in this first year and truly look forward to crowning the winners in June.”


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Ship Shape

Ship Shape is the Venture Capital Search Engine. Ship Shape is a Search Engine that lets you search individual investors at VC firms, portfolio companies and investment entities. Our results compress the research time required to draw up a well-informed investor shortlist from 183 days to a matter of seconds, dramatically improving the chances of a warm response to outreach. Because we index unstructured data, you can find the investors interested in a specific field. Ship Shape provides you with evidence, in addition to the firm's portfolio of other investments. This gives you confidence, clarity and certainty that you are speaking with the right person.

StartUp Awards National Series

The StartUp Awards National Series is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards - an established programme nationally receiving over 5,000 applications annually - and the Wales Start-Up Awards, the only regional awards currently celebrating new businesses in the UK.

The StartUp Awards National Series will 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.

Already established and thriving in Wales, the StartUp Awards National Series is now taking the passion and drive to celebrate new business and extending across the whole of the United Kingdom.


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