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Awards: The National Startup Awards

Are you one of Ireland’s best Startup companies? Now is your time to shine and gain National & International recognition for your efforts and ingenuity!

The National Startup Awards are TEN years old this year and what a ten years it has been!

Entries are now open across 10 categories covering every thing from Social to Retail to Manufacturing.

Entries close November 3rd at 11.59PM and as always is is free to enter, just click HERE!

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

“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.”

One catagory that may be of interest to our network is the Social/Sustainable Startup Award.


Social innovation can be defined as the development and implementation of new ideas (products,services and models) to meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations. It represents new responses to pressing social demands, which affect the process of social interactions.

The Social / sustainable Startup Award will recognise the work of startups working in these areas who are trying to improve society & the environment.


The Social / Sustainable Startup Award aims at recognising startups offering products, services or methodologies addressing (For example): education, quality childcare, Environmental Issues, healthcare, training, job-search assistance and rehabilitation. They are innovations that are not only good for society but also enhance individuals’ capacity to act.

What the Judges Are Looking For:

  • Innovation: E.g. grade of innovation, disruption and originality

  • Business model: E.g. Organisational structure, sales strategy, strength of team, vision & strategic plan.

  • Customer Value Proposition: Why should a customer buy or use your product or service?

  • Scalability and Market Reach: E.g. pathway to growth, size of market, export potential.

  • Social Impact: E.g. jobs generated, diversity policy, social inclusion.


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