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Promoting Irish Tech Start-ups & Scale-ups

Scale Ireland is an independent not-for-profit organisation and our mission is to support, represent and advocate on behalf of Irish tech start-up and scale-up companies, to create the most advantageous conditions for them to succeed.

Brian Caulfield (left) and Martina Fitzgerald (right) at the Scale Ireland webinar.


To provide practical support to founders and start-ups in relation to key policy areas, supports and grants.


To constructively represent the interests of Irish tech start-up and scale-up companies.


To engage with key stakeholders on behalf of the sector to create the best conditions for start-ups.

Scale Ireland's Regional Summit in Cork 2022

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Scale Ireland will be hosting its first Regional Start-up Summit to promote start-ups around the country on Friday, 28th of January in Cork at 10am. The event will be launched by the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, and will include some of the country’s leading start-ups including Fenergo and Workhuman. This is an important event with start-ups, investors, academics, state agencies and government representatives.

To focus panel discussions, Scale Ireland has also launched its 'State of Start-ups' Survey to get the feedback of founders on the key issues affecting start-ups. The key issues include the availability of capital, the retention and recruitment of staff, as well as key tax incentives and regulations.

Microsoft Ireland, Hadfield Green, Atlantic Bridge and Republic of Work are supporting this initiative.

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Featured Event

'Indigenous Tech Start-ups are vital to our Economic Future' with a keynote address from the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe.

The Minister was joined by a panel of start-up representatives at different stages in their journey, including Eileen O’Mara, Go-To-Market Lead of EMEA at Stripe, John Purdy, Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Ergo, & Sohini De, Founder & CEO of Empeal.

The Minister was also joined by leading investors who gave us their insights on the funding landscape and sector. This included Elaine Coughlan, Managing Partner & Founder of Atlantic Bridge & Alan Merriman, Founder and Executive Chairman at Elkstone. The event was streamed from Dogpatch Labs.

The Launch of our New Membership

Scale Ireland has launched today a membership offering to bring start-up founders, employees, students, business & individual supporters together to ensure the sector has a significant representative voice.

We are also offering members exclusive complementary supports, discounts & offers, which have been provided by our partners & supporters.

Members will have access to key sectoral research & policy submissions, as well as gain access to our Slack community of over 800 people.

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Who We Represent

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The Sector

The indigenous tech start-up and scale-up sector provides high calibre jobs, a focus on exports, graduate employment opportunities and investment in innovation.

  • 47,000 people employed
  • 2,000 Start-up and Scale-up companies
  • 900 companies are based outside of Dublin
  • 5x jobs created for every one start-up job
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The Sector by Industry

Indigenous tech start-up and scale-up companies operate in a wide range of sectors . Almost half of the 2,000 companies are involved in enterprise solutions, medtech and fintech. Other prominent sectors include entertainment, industrial technologies, ecommerce, cleantech, travel, agritech, edtech, telecommunications, adtech and security.

The Irish start-up sector by industry

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