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Alliance of Sport shortlisted for StartUp Award

The Alliance of Sport has been named one of the most exciting new organisations in the South West of England 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.

The Alliance of Sport, based out Bristol, has been shortlisted for the South West Region award in the Social StartUp category.

“We are delighted to receive recognition for our rapid growth and impact since our launch as a charitable organisation in 2019,” said Alliance of Sport Co-Founder James Mapstone.

“We are proud of our achievements so far – which includes becoming Secretariat of an All-Party Parliamentary Group, launching a national project in partnership with the Youth Justice Board and a global research project with the Thailand Institute of Justice, as well as becoming a national partner of Sport England.

“We now look forward to the next steps in advancing the role of sport and physical activity in the Criminal Justice System, which includes leading a Taskforce, sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement.”

About the StartUp Awards National Series

Supported nationally by BT, EY, Dell & Intel, the series 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.”