Scotland’s first-ever National StartUp Awards finalists revealed

Scotland StartUp Awards

Scotland’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 Scotland startups that made the shortlist are a true snapshot of the future economy, with a collective turnover of over £26m and employing 467 people between them. Of the region’s great passion for entrepreneurship, one finalist said: “I may be biased, but I think Scotland is the most stunning region in the whole country to live and work. The scenery is breathtaking and the wildness is absolutely inspiring.

“There is a real sense of community among most entrepreneurs in the region at various stages of their entrepreneurial journey.”

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 Scotland-based Duncan Di Biase, founder and CEO of Brillband, Mike Branney, Managing Director of Oh Polly, and Russell Dalgleish, founder and Managing Partner of Exolta Capital Partners.

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

The Scotland final will take place at SWG3 in Glasgow on 7th June 2022.

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

B2B Services StartUp

Lisa May & Co, Founded by Lisa May Carroll

Copy House, Founded by Kathryn Strachan

Sllick, Founded by Nicole Christie & Robert Davidson

Cadence, Founded by Malcolm MacLennan & John Dougan

IDM Solutions, Founded by Iain Macphail & Kyle Smith

B2C Services StartUp

The Black Box Approach, Founded by Christo Hudson

The Queer Therapist, Founded by Chris Grant

Online Drum Studio, Founded by Bob Irving

Construction & Building Services StartUp

Spaces Taylored, Founded by Adam Taylor

PMA Recruitment Services, Founded by Craig Kenny & Ashleigh Martin

Significant Others, Founded by Michelle Ridley & Ruth Galloway

Creative StartUp

Fifty Fifty, Founded by James Watson

Fifth House Design, Founded by Jonny & Sara Kermode

Make Things Happen Design Studio, Founded by Suzanne Gilbert, Philippa Potgieter-Hurst & Bebhinn Burke

Summer Morning Studios, Founded by Ailidh MacLean & Robbie Mcskimming

Digital StartUp

Excell Ecom, Founded by Andrew Carpenter

Highbeat Digital, Founded by Hollie Irvine

G1gabyte, Founded by Maxwell McKay

Ethical Intelligence Associates, Founded by Matt Henderson

Fintech StartUp

Know-it, Founded by Lynne Darcey Quigley

Hubb, Founded by Mark Costello, John Costello & Ed Halsey

MoneyMatiX, Founded by Tynah Matembe

Food & Drink StartUp

Savora Drinks, Founded by Matthew Walker

Manifesto Coffee, Founded by Alexander MacIntyre & Lukasz Lewaszkiewicz

Brite, Founded by Simas Jarasunas

Global StartUp 

FreightonWorldwide, Founded by Rhys Paterson

Boozy Events, Founded by Gregor Sey

Noisy Clan, Founded by David Law

Graduate StartUp 

Two Raccoons, Founded by Lasse Melgaard Rasmussen & Elliott Martens

Pink Sphynx Media, Founded by Erin Smith

Etive Watches, Founded by Daniel Bryan

Green StartUp

Ocean Plastic Pots, Founded by Alasdair Mitchell

POTR Pots, Founded by Andrew Flynn, Martin Keane, Alex Cochrane & Eilidh Cunningham

ecoeats, Founded by Stewart McGown

Innovative StartUp

The Helmet Inspection Company, Founded by Martin Slowey

LinkFORTY2, Founded by Matthew Pybus & Eric Doyle

Welcome Eyecare, Founded by Jennifer Wilson

Manufacturing & Engineering StartUp

Adalec, Founded by Ken Adams

J&S Subsea, Founded by Phil Reid

MacKinnon Watches, Founded by Belinda Antal & Matthew Murphy

Medtech & Healthtech StartUp

Lenus Health, Founded by Paul McGinness & Craig Turpie

Fitabeo Therapeutics, Founded by Mallikarjun Chityala

OK Positive, Founded by Charlie Winton

ProFactor Pharma, Founded by Jaymin Amin 

Mobile & Emerging Technologies StartUp

TransformologyXR Innovation, Founded by Hazem Fayyad 

Fixzy Assist, Founded by Paul Greaves

DragonflAI, Founded by Hannah Mercer

Online Retail StartUp

PAWS UK, Founded by Emma Fraser

Falling Leaf Clothing, Founded by Lindsay Galloway-Hall

Second Cashmere, Founded by Lotti Blades-Barrett

Loomi Life, Founded by Anne Weir 

Professional Services StartUp

McNally Recruitment, Founded by Steve McNally 

Boddice Accounting, Founded by Vicki Boddice

Richard Jennings Mortgage Services, Founded by Richard Jennings

Bull Project, Founded by Franco Di Stefano

BALIFE, Founded by Linda Parker, Julia Newell, Gavin Ross & David Strachan

Rising Star Award

BIZPIX, Founded by Jordan Gilmour, Aaron Fincham, Heather McEwan & Sarah Panganiban

Shaka Social, Founded by Ali Olivier & Grant Macdonald

Gloh., Founded by Isobel Reid

Kleurstof Apparel, Founded by Jonathan Corr, Kieran Lalley, Steven Smith, Terence Henderson & Alistair Maxwell

Wearyoursmile, Founded by Eirini Tamousi & Panagiotis Tamousis 

Rural StartUp

P J Gaul & Co, Founded by Alan Gaul

G.H.Q. Spirits, Founded by James McNeill

Yozobo, Founded by David Brown & Tekena Fubara

Social StartUp

covid:aid, Founded by Michael MacLennan

AberNecessities, Founded by Danielle Flecher-Horn

REFEO, Founded by Mariam Diakité

Social Good Connect, Founded by Caroline Mckenna

Tourism & Leisure StartUp

Harmony Coach Holidays, Founded by John Docherty 

The Wedding Fairy, Founded by Katherine Taylor

FreeFlow Technologies, Founded by David Hemming

Young Entrepreneur

MADFITT, Founded by Madeline Riddell

Imi Studios, Founded by Imogen Evans

H2O Jewelz, Founded by Munib Azim & Uwais Azeem

Studio Lutalica, Founded by Cecilia Righini

Cleah Creative, Founded by Amy McCallum & Hannah Birnie

Edinburgh StartUp

Significant Others, Founded by Michelle Ridley & Ruth Galloway

Ethical Intelligence Associates, Founded by Matt Henderson

Noisy Clan, Founded by David Law

Glasgow StartUp 

Hubb, Founded by Mark Costello, John Costello & Ed Halsey

Welcome Eyecare, Founded by Jennifer Wilson 

PMA Recruitment Services, Founded by Craig Kenny & Ashleigh Martin

For the full list of national finalists, please go to

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