The dating app Safer Date has been named one of the most exciting new businesses in this 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.

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

Elaine Parker, CEO of Safer Date said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be announced as a finalist in these StartUp Awards. Safer Date is a prime example of how tech can be used for good and it was set up to protect people from online predators. It is amazing to be recognised for the hard work we’re doing, and to be a finalist considering the stiff competition…..it’s really exciting.”

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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.

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Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards National Series, said:

“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.”