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The 2022 National Startup Awards Are Open For Entry!!


The 2022 National Startup Awards Are Open For Entry!!

We are delighted and excited to announce that the 2022 National Startup Awards are now open for entry!!

Please see our Press Release below.. entry is free on

Best of luck to all of this years entrants.. we can’t wait to meet you 🙂

National Startup Awards 2022 Launch


The 2021 National Startup Awards are celebrating 11 years of recognising Ireland’s best Startups and are open for entry now.


30th September 2022 – 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 eleventh 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 works with innovative and export focused early stage businesses to help them grow their businesses in overseas markets and create new jobs in Ireland. A core element of the Enterprise Ireland strategy is to ensure that Ireland is a great location to start and scale a business. We are delighted to partner with the National Start-up Awards for the 6th consecutive year. The National Startup Awards provides early stage companies with an excellent platform to demonstrate Ireland’s thriving start-up landscape. We look forward to engaging with another exciting cohort of companies in 2022.


Stephen Dillon, Founder, added; “We are delighted and proud to launch the 2022 National Startup Awards! Over the years we have seen some incredible companies come through this program which is now recognised as the leading awards event for early stage businesses in Ireland.  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 from Covid 19 we received a very 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 4th.  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 2022.  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 1st, 2022.

The National Startup Awards are sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Sage, Microfinance Ireland, Microsoft, McCann Fitzgerald LLP, Dogpatch Labs, Dublin City Council and Cronin & Co (Startup Accountant).


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