Startup Awards North East Applications

With a record breaking number of applicants across all 3 categories 2021 is bigger than ever before!

We asked to hear from people who had ambition, passion, drive, motivation, desire to change the world...and we heard them loud and clear!

A HUGE congratulations to each and every applicant who took the FIRST step and applied for the Awards. - If you can startup or run a small business during a pandemic then you can do anything!

The quality of applicants this year has been next level, which made judging for the shortlisted finalists a very tough process. 

Thanks to our partners for their time and support through the process we've been able to select the shortlisted finalists for 2021 Startup Awards North East.

Check out 2021 Shortlisted Finalists

Where Industry Meets Inspiration

Startup Awards includes 3 high impact, virtual awards that will give you the opportunity to learn, connect and celebrate early stage founders at 3 stages of their startup journey.


#SkillUP – 15th June 12pm - 1pm (networking until 2pm) 

#StartUP - 16th June 12pm -1pm (exhibition until 2pm) 

#ScaleUP - 17th June 5pm - 7:30pm (Networking and games until 8pm)  


The winners of each category are decided by a live public vote during each event. 


If you're an aspiring startup, or have a successful startup story to share and inspire the next generation or simply want to grow your network and make meaningful connections supporting the regions finest startups we welcome you to join in the celebrations!


Tickets are open to everyone, and with a Pay It Forward option you can donate a ticket to a early stage founder.


If you would like to purchase tickets on behalf of your staff or clients discounted options are available contact louise@youarefirst.co.uk for more information.

Join in the celebration

Are you feeling inspired?

Are you curious about starting a business and dreaming of being your own boss? 


Have you set up your own startup but are keen to have a boost and get resources to develop your ideas further?


Are you keen to take action and grow your business?


We have categories to suit all levels to support you at each stage of your start up journey and make meaningful connections that matter. 

If you would like to take part in the 2022 Awards fill out the short enquiry form and we will be in touch with further details once applications open.


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