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.


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.

May 24th 2021

The Launch of our New Membership

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

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

Members will have access to key sectoral information and development, research and policy submissions.

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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.

  • 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
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 2,000 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
Featured Event

The Role of Indigenous Tech Start-Up & Scale-Up Companies in the Recovery

Scale Ireland hosted a special webinar with guest speakers: the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar with Bobby Healy, CEO of Manna Aero, and Claire McHugh, CEO of Axonista.

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'Start-Up Stories'

Learn more about the Irish founders starting and scaling up companies, showcasing their positive impact on the Irish economy and beyond.

Peter Coppinger is Co-Founder and CEO of Teamwork, which is a project management software company with over 24,000 customers and 240 staff working across eighteen countries. Their clients include Disney, Spotify, PayPal and Netflix. Peter and his Teamwork Co-Founder, Daniel Mackey, were named EY Entrepreneurs of the Year 2018 in Ireland. Peter is a member of Scale Ireland’s Steering Group.

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Expert Sessions

Learn from the veterans of the sector and see how you can grow your start-up.

This webinar is on 'Go-to-Market Strategies for Startups' and features keynote speaker Mark Barry, Head of EMEA Startups & SMBs at Stripe, Liz Fulham, CEO of SalesOptimize and Brian Caulfield, Chair of Scale Ireland. The event was introduced by Martina Fitzgerald, CEO of Scale Ireland and hosted by Luke Rynne Cullen, Marketing & Community Lead of Scale Ireland. It was broadcast from Dogpatch Labs, Dublin.

Our Team

Including Ireland's most seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and experts.

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