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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.

Upcoming Event

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Scale Ireland is 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 Teamwork.

The event will  comprise three high-level panel discussions and is supported by Microsoft, Atlantic Bridge and Hadfield Green. This is a significant event with leading start-ups, investors and sectoral stakeholders who are  focusing on the key issues facing start-ups around the country. The results of our  2021 State of the Start-up survey will also be revealed at the event.

All are welcome. This is an event not to be missed. The event will be live streamed from Cork.

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Past 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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