Our Vision is To make Ireland a leading location for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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.

Support

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

Represent

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

Advocate

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

The Regional Start-Up Summit

We are delighted to start 2023 by officially launching Scale Ireland's second Regional Start-up Summit, which will be hosted in-person and online live from the Galmont Hotel, Galway on Saturday, the 25th of February from 11am - 1.20pm. The event will be launched by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

The Summit is being supported by Microsoft, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, PorterShed, Atlantic Bridge, Science Foundation Ireland and Spark Crowdfunding. It will also feature Minister of State, Dara Calleary. This is a significant event, focusing on key policy areas for founders and the wider sector. We are delighted that 20+ founders and leading figures in the sector are taking part.

The event will comprise three high-level panels discussing key areas:
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1. The Importance of supporting regional start-ups and entrepreneurship (11-11.50am) includes keynote address by the Taoiseach.
2. Promoting impactful and sustainable start-ups (11.50-12.35) with Minister of State, Dara Calleary.
3. Supporting student entrepreneurship at third level (12.35- 1.20)
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This is an important event for the sector and we hope that as members you can join us. You can register below for an in-person place if you are a member on a first-come first-served basis.  You will also be able to view the event online and this is available to members and non-members - you can register on the same link below.

Reserve your spot!

The Annual Scale Ireland 'State of Start-ups' Survey 2023

Have your say!
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It's LIVE! The Annual Scale Ireland 'State of Start-ups' Survey 2023.
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We want to get your views on issues including the availability of capital, staffing, cost of living pressures as well as key tax incentives and supports. The survey will also focus on other important issues including gathering data on diversity, sustainability & remote work.

It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey and it is entirely anonymous.

The initiative is supported by Microsoft, ISIF and Portershed to coincide with the launch of our Regional Start-up summit which will be taking place in Galway in February. Watch out for a further newsletter to book your in-person place on a first come first served basis for members. If you cannot attend in person, you can also attend online -  which is open to members and non-members.
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Please share the survey with other Founders and CEOs to ensure we have a good picture of the issues facing the sector.

Make sure you have your say here.

Take me to the Survey

Become a Member

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

We are also offering members up to €750k in 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 900 founders, investors & operators.

Join our Membership

Who We Represent

MIT innovation graph describing start-ups in comparison to SMEs

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.

  • 54,906 people employed
  • 2,218 Start-up and Scale-up companies
  • 939 companies are based outside of Dublin
  • 5x jobs created for every one start-up job
Map of Ireland

The Sector by Industry

Indigenous tech start-up and scale-up companies operate in a wide range of sectors . Almost half of the 2,218 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.

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