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There are 10 categories open to entry
in the 2021 National Startup Awards.

The Grand Prix Winner – Startup of the Year will be chosen from the winners of the individual categories and the Startup Hero will be chosen by a separate panel of judges.

01.
Early Stage Startup
Sponsored by Microfinance Ireland
The Early Stage Startup award is designed to recognise Startups that display great potential for future growth. Early Stage Startups can come from any sector but must be under 2 years old (From date of incorporation).
The aim of the Early Stage Startup award is to recognise businesses that the judges feel have outstanding potential but may not be at the same level in terms of traction as more established startups.

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.

 

02.
(AI, Bio Tech etc.)
Emerge-Tech Startup
Sponsored by McCann FitzGerald
Emerging technologies are technologies that are perceived as capable of changing the status quo. EmergeTech industries include AI, information technology, wireless data communication, man-machine communication, on-demand printing, bio-technologies, and advanced robotics.
The aim of the Emerge Tech Startup Award is to recognise startups offering disruptive solutions as new applications, processes, products or business models in cutting edge industries.
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.
03.
Fintech Startup
Sponsored by McCann FitzGerald
The rise of fintech has changed the way companies do business. This has opened up a world of possibilities. Businesses can offer more services than ever and for a fraction of the price of what it would have cost before.
The aim of the Fintech Startop Award is to recognise startups offering disruptive solutions as new applications, processes, products or business models in the financial services or insurance industry.  E.g. payments, blockchain/distribution ledger, lending platforms, etc
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.
04.
Food and Drink Startup
Sponsored by Microfinance Ireland
The Food & Drink industries play a major role in economic activity in Ireland with wide-ranging impact on economic growth, employment, and local development. In recent years we have seen fantastic innovation across all sectors in Food & Drink.
The Food & Drink Startup Award aims to recognise startups offering products & services related to food & beverage products in Ireland.
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
05.
Social / Sustainable Startup Award
Sponsored by StartUp Accountant
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.
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.
06.
Product and Manufacturing Startup
The Irish start-up scene may appear to be increasingly dominated by tech and service-focused companies but there’s still a huge market for product businesses.  We are looking for the best Product & Manufacturing Startups in Ireland. Have you created a great product?
With the Product & Manufacturing Startup of the Year category, we look to celebrate the country’s creative minds and budding innovators who have successfully produced an exciting and tangible product, and identify the product start-up set to become the ‘next big thing’.
Your business doesn’t necessarily have to manufacture the product – it’s the idea that counts -and we’re looking to gather entries from a range of industries.
The Startups Awards judges are looking for a product business that stands out from the crowd and boasts excellent growth potential. Revenue growth, profitability and major client wins will all be taken into consideration.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.
07.
eCommerce & Retail Startup
eCommerce is the term describing the conducting of business through online channels, encompassing the outward-facing processes that touch suppliers, partners and customers, and including not just marketing communications but also sales, order taking, delivery, fulfillment and customer service.
Startups are increasingly looking to identify ways of transacting business online, and this award aims to showcase instances where this has been done excellently.
The judges will wish to hear about the strategic approach to eCommerce, how the business process, technology and regulatory challenges were handled, and what results were achieved.
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.
08.
Tech Startup
Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland
We are looking to recognise the Ireland’s booming tech start-up community and celebrate and reward the nation’s best tech businesses.
If you are a fast-growing digital company disrupting the tech industry in some way – we want to hear from you. It’s not all about figures, although we’re definitely looking for ambitious companies, but we want to see innovation, impressive founders and huge market potential.
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.
09.
Medtech Startup
Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland
Medtech is already diagnosing, monitoring and treating virtually every disease or condition that affects the human race.  From sticking plasters to body scanners there are ever more technologies coming on stream to improve the lives of patients.
The aim of the Medtech Startop Award is to recognise startups offering disruptive solutions as new applications, processes, products or business models in the Medical Technology industries.
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.
10.
Covid 19 Pivot/Response Startup
The Covid Startup award is designed to recognise Startups that out of necessity or design have taken the Covid 19 Pandemic and either built or modified their business model around it
The aim of the Covid Startup award is to recognise businesses that the judges feel have disruptive solutions to the pandemics many challenges and/or have seen new opportunities based on the new set of circumstances that we all now find ourselves in
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.
Hero
Startup
Hero
The Startup Hero is awarded annually to an individual / organisation that has displayed an outstanding commitment to the Irish Startup Eco System and / or individual’s / organisation’s who champion important causes related to entrepreneurship in Ireland.
This category is not open for general entry but rather is chosen by a panel of advisors to the Startup community
Grand Prix
Startup Business
of the Year

This category is chosen by the judges as the best of all our other winners; you can’t apply for it directly.

Previous winners includeNova Leah,  SwiftComply, Surf Accounts, Allogen BioTech, Agile Networks & The Handmade Soap Company.

Be a part of the 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!