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The 2021 National Startup Awards Are Open For Entry!!


The 2021 National Startup Awards Are Open For Entry!!

National Startup Awards 2021 Launch


The 2021 National Startup Awards are celebrating 10 years of recognising Ireland’s best Startups and are open for entry now.


14 October 2021 – The National Startup Awards supported by Enterprise Ireland were officially launched today. The competition recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across 10 categories.


The competition, now celebrating its tenth year, has become a pivotal date in the Irish startup calendar, with the best and brightest startup companies being recognised at a national level. The National Startup Awards recognise the dedication, resilience and perseverance of entrepreneurs that are contributing so much to the nation’s economy.


The competition is open to companies and organisations across all sectors which have been operational for up to 5 years. There are three key stages to the competition with qualifying entries first shortlisted by region and then nationally.


Jenny Melia, Divisional Manager, High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland said …

“Enterprise Ireland supports Irish companies with global ambition to grow their business and to scale internationally. We are delighted to partner with the National Start-up Awards for the 5th consecutive year running. There are significant opportunities for Irish companies and start-ups to play an important role in driving economic recovery. The National Startup Awards provide these companies with the foundation from which they can grow and thrive and it is always a privilege and a pleasure to celebrate the newest companies and ambitious entrepreneurs emerging across the country.”


Stephen Dillon, Founder, added; “We are delighted and proud to celebrate 10 years of the National Startup Awards! Over the years we have seen some incredible companies come through this awards program.  The first few years in any business are by far the toughest and we believe that it is really important to give Startups as much support and encouragement as possible at this early stage. The National Startup Awards represents a fantastic opportunity for companies to showcase their businesses and gain valuable national & international exposure. Last year despite the challenges of Brexit & Covid 19 we received a high volume of entries and met some truly inspirational entrepreneurs, we very much look forward to meeting this year’s entrants. I would like to wish all the startups taking part the very best of luck”.

To enter or nominate someone for a National Startup Award visit and submit your application by November 3rd.  Entry is free and is open to sole traders, partnerships and companies that have been set up in Ireland and that are in business for five years from date of incorporation or less On October 30th 2021.  The awards judging committee will comprise representatives from  Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices ,BIC’s and leading Irish entrepreneurs. The regional finals will take place during November with the national Awards taking place in Dublin on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021.

The National Startup Awards are sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Sage, Microfinance Ireland, McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors and Cronin & Co (Startup Accountant).

Startup Awards 2021 categories


  1. Early Stage Startup
  2. Emerge – Tech Startup
  3. Fintech Startup
  4. Food & Drink Startup
  5. Social / Sustainable Startup
  6. Product & Manufacturing Startup
  7. E-Commerce & Retail Startup
  8. Tech Startup
  9. Medtech Startup
  10. Covid19 Pivot / Response


Special Awards

Grand Prix – Best of Category


To enter the awards visit Entries must be submitted by November 3rd 2021 at 11.59PM




For Further Information:

Stephen Dillon

Founder The National Startup Awards


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