\The Irish startups and scaleups to watch in 2021

The Irish startup ecosystem is booming. But what are the startups you need to follow in 2021?

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So far this year Irish startups have raised €1bn from VC funds. This is just shy of the €1.2bn raised all of 2020, putting the country on track for a record year.

But which are the most exciting startups and scaleups? Which are the ones to watch in 2021?

Our team of experts at Sifted have chosen a list of exciting companies we think you need to know about, with an added ‘Sifted take’ on some to provide an extra layer of insight.

It’s a mixture of the big and the small, the well known and the under the radar. But all are making waves. Keep reading below and stay informed about Europe’s new economy!

(P.S The data is from European Startups, with valuation estimates from Dealroom. If there is anyone missing from this list, or anything is wrong, please let us know by email at [email protected]).

Key

Year founded

Amount raised

Last funding round

Valuation

Employees

Manna Drone's logo

Manna Drone

Manna is a Drone Delivery Service ¨in a box¨ for online delivery platforms, dark kitchens, restaurant chains and forecourts

transportation / logistics & delivery

manna.aero

Dublin, Ireland

2018

€28m

Series A

€91-136m

10-50

Intercom's logo

Intercom

Business messaging platform that drives growth at every stage of the customer lifecycle

enterprise software; SaaS; messaging / marketing; sales; support

intercom.com

Dublin, Ireland

2011

€219.00m

SERIES D

€1.2b

500-1000

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Buymie's logo

Buymie

Buymie is the leading same-day grocery e-commerce platform and delivery provider in Ireland and launched its first UK city, Bristol, in May 2020.

b2c / food

buymie.eu

Dublin, Ireland

2015

10.7m

EARLY VC

€15m

1-10

Evervault's logo

Evervault

Building the internet infrastructure for data privacy

big data /

evervault.com

Dublin, Ireland

2018

17.5m

SERIES A

€58-87m

10-50

Boundless's logo

Boundless

A cloud-based platform that allows small and medium-sized innovative businesses to quickly and easily manage multi-country payroll and HR compliance

b2b / legal

boundlesshq.com

Dublin, Ireland

2019

2.5m

SEED

€10-15m

10-50

Sweepr's logo

Sweepr

Provides simple care for the connected home

iot internet of things / home living

sweepr.com

Dublin, Ireland

2017

SERIES A

€33-€49m

10-50

Change Donations's logo

Change Donations

Roundup your spare change to support the causes you care about most

Ireland

2018

n/a

n/a

1-10

KeepAppy's logo

KeepAppy

KeepAppy is the wellness app and social enterprise that acts as a gym for your mental health and wellbeing

b2c / saas

keepappy.com

Dublin, Ireland

2019

n/am

n/a

n/a

1-10

Tines's logo

Tines

An automation platform designed to allow anyone to automate any manual task, regardless of complexity

b2b / security

tines.com

Dublin, Ireland

2018

37.4m

SERIES B

€273m

10-50

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ApisProtect's logo

ApisProtect

Agricultural technology designed for the management and care of bees

food;enterprise software / agritech

apisprotect.com

Cork, Ireland

2017

€1.80m

SEED

€7-11m

10-50

Accelerated Payments's logo

Accelerated Payments

Invoice Finance - Control Cash Flow with Accelerated Payments

Ireland

2017

20m

DEBT

n/a

10-50

Utmost's logo

Utmost

The first Extended Workforce System, offers solutions for the enterprise and its extended workforce - from temporary workers to consultants, vendors, freelancers, contractors and more - to seamlessly and efficiently work together

Dublin, Ireland

2018

29.3m

SERIES B

€76-115m

50-100

Altada's logo

Altada

Transforms data rich clients into data driven companies using a powerful AI platform to cleanse and organise data environments

b2b / enterprise software

altada.com

Dublin, Ireland

2017

1.3m

SEED

€5-8m

10-50

Provizio's logo

Provizio

Perceiving, predicting, and preventing automotive accidents in real-time using proprietary long range imaging sensors and AI on-the-edge

b2b / transportation

provizio.ai

Limerick, Ireland

2019

€8.10m

SEED

€23-34m

10-50

Web Summit's logo

Web Summit

Where the tech world meets

music;event tech /

websummit.com

Dublin, Ireland

2009

n/a

n/a

100-500

CurrencyFair's logo

CurrencyFair

CurrencyFair is an online peer-to-peer currency exchange marketplace

fintech / investing

currencyfair.com

Ireland

2009

€29.60m

DEBT

€32-48m

50-100

Enbio's logo

Enbio

Sunscreen for satellites

spacetech / hardware

enbio.eu

Dublin, Ireland

2011

1.5m

GRANT

Kinzen's logo

Kinzen

We’re building the daily news experience that you control

media / publishing

kinzen.com

Dublin, Ireland

2017

€2.30m

SEED

€7-11m

10-50

WarDucks's logo

WarDucks

Augmented and virtual reality game development

gaming / media

warducks.com

Dublin, Ireland

2013

5.1m

SERIES A

€13-20m

10-50

Teamwork's logo

Teamwork

Teamwork is a work and project management tool that helps teams improve collaboration, visibility, accountability and ultimately results

marketing / enterprise software

teamwork.com

Cork, Ireland

2007

€63.60m

GROWTH EQUITY

100-500

Glofox's logo

Glofox

Gym and studio management software and apps

sports;enterprise software / sport platform & application

glofox.com

Dublin, Ireland

2014

20.8m

SERIES A

€37-55m

100-500

Drop's logo

Drop

Drop is a smart kitchen platform with the Drop Recipes app at its core. Connecting the whole cooking journey with recipe and kitchen appliance technology.

food;iot internetofthings / kitchen & cooking tech

getdrop.com

Dublin, Ireland

2012

20m

SERIES A

€48-73m

50-100

Webio's logo

Webio

Intelligent Customer Engagement Platform

enterprise software / social media

webio.com

Dublin, Ireland

2016

2m

EARLY VC

€6-9m

10-50

LetsGetChecked's logo

LetsGetChecked

STI/STD, Fertilty, Cancer and General Health Tests

health / biotech

letsgetchecked.com

Dublin, Ireland

2014

241m

SERIES D

€909m

100-500

Roomex's logo

Roomex

Roomex is a Global Hotel Booking Platform for Business Travel. Uniquely, we combine being a corporate travel management company (TMC) and an online travel agent (OTA). We have offices in Dublin, Ireland and in London, UK

travel / enterprise software

roomex.com

Ireland

2006

11.5m

SERIES A

€32-48m

50-100

Vela Games's logo

Vela Games

Vela Games is an ambitious and independent development studio creating engaging co-operative multiplayer games that put players first

gaming / media

vela.games

Dublin, Ireland

2017

22m

SERIES A

€63-94m

10-50

Jobbio's logo

Jobbio

Discover the world's best job opportunities

jobs recruitment / enterprise software

jobbio.com/ie

Ireland

2014

16.6m

SERIES A

€36-€55m

10-50

Thrive's logo

Thrive

An employee communications platform for distributed workforce

communications / enterprise software

thrive.app

Belfast, Ireland

2011

3.3m

SEED

€13-20m

10-50

Adoreboard's logo

Adoreboard

Helps brands to understand online customer emotion

marketing / machine learning

adoreboard.com

Belfast, Ireland

2011

n/am

Early VC

n/a

10-50

iDonate's logo

iDonate

Tools for both charities and fundraisers to help raise much needed funds

b2b / event tech

idonate.ie

Farrannamartin, Ireland

2011

17m

SERIES B

€32-47m

10-50

Cainthus's logo

Cainthus

Analyses visual information and processes it to provide farmers with easily understandable and actionable data

enterprise software / agritech

cainthus.com

Blackrock, Ireland

2015

n/am

EARLY VC

n/a

10-50

Kite Medical's logo

Kite Medical

Developed a novel device for detecting kidney reflux in children

health / medical devices

kitemedical.ie

Galway, Ireland

2016

3.2m

GRANT

€5-8m

1-10

Cubic Telecom's logo

Cubic Telecom

Provides global connectivity solutions to businesses

telecom / iot internetofthings

cubictelecom.com

Ireland

2009

86.2m

LATE VC

€45-67m

100-500

Taoglas's logo

Taoglas

Provides a comprehensive range of external, embedded and base station antenna solutions

telecom / b2b

taoglas.com

Enniscorthy, Ireland

2004

0.7m

GRANT

n/a

100-500

Scurri's logo

Scurri

Providing e-commerce merchants with a cloud based software that keeps track of deliveries across multiple carriers and online channels

ecommerce / logistics & delivery

scurri.com

Wexford, Ireland

2010

18.2m

SERIES A

€36-54m

10-50

Wia's logo

Wia

Cloud platform for developers building Internet of Things applications

enterprise software / b2b

wia.io

Dublin, Ireland

2015

0.8m

SEED

€2-3m

10-50

&Open's logo

&Open

&Open is disrupting tech’s approach to loyalty; offering gifting-as-a-service for innovative brands by sourcing, storing and delivering gifts worldwide.

enterprise software / b2b

andopen.co

Dublin, Ireland

2017

6.5m

SEED

€26-39m

10-50

Arralis's logo

Arralis

Accelerating the worldwide transition to millimetre-wave technology

b2c / semiconductors

arralis.com

Castletroy, Ireland

2013

52.3m

LATE VC

€200-300m

10-50

TransferMate's logo

TransferMate

Global B2B payments technology firm, enabling companies to send and receive cross-border payments faster and easier than ever before.

fintech / payments

transfermate.com

Kilkenny, Ireland

2010

51m

GROWTH EQUITY

€147-210m

100-500

Learnosity's logo

Learnosity

An assessment toolkit to help educational providers add interactive assessment to their digital products

education / enterprise software

learnosity.com

Dublin, Ireland

2007

47.6m

LATE VC

€68-103m

50-100

NewsWhip's logo

NewsWhip

Analyzes human engagement with news, videos and other content and use this data to build the content of the platform

media;marketing / publishing;social media

newswhip.com

Ireland

2011

8.3m

SERIES A

€23-35m

50-100

Teckro's logo

Teckro

Teckro is a life science technology company that is rethinking every element of clinical research

health / enterprise software

teckro.com

Limerick, Ireland

2015

36.5m

SERIES C

€91-136m

100-500

Poppulo's logo

Poppulo

Employee communications technology

marketing / enterprise software

poppulo.com

Cork, Ireland

2002

31.82m

LATE VC

€127-191m

100-500

Axial3D's logo

Axial3D

3D printing for healthcare

health / imaging technology

axial3d.com

Belfast, Ireland

2014

3.3m

LATE VC

€11-16m

10-50

Novareus's logo

Novareus

Defends the air you breathe 24/7 with plasma-based

health / biotech

novaerus.com/emea

Dublin, Ireland

2011

22.5m

EARLY VC

€54-80m

10-50

Phorest's logo

Phorest

Salon and Spa management software

wellness beauty / b2b

phorest.com

Dublin, Ireland

2003

21.3m

GROWTH EQUITY

€140-200m

100-500

Kitman Labs's logo

Kitman Labs

Sports analytics company that uses artificial intelligence to increase athlete performance and health

sports / b2b

kitmanlabs.com

Dublin, Ireland

2012

22.6m

LATE VC

€22-33m

50-100

TradeIX's logo

TradeIX

TradeIX is the world’s first open platform for trade finance

fintech / investing

tradeix.com

Dublin, Ireland

2016

14.5m

SERIES B

€58-87m

50-100

Neurovalens's logo

Neurovalens

Combining neuroscience and technology to solve health issues

health / medical devices

neurovalens.com/

Belfast, Ireland

2013

16m

EARLY VC

€24-37m

10-50

Fulfil Nutrition's logo

Fulfil Nutrition

FULFIL is the ideal healthier snack that tastes unreal, is packed full of protein, low sugar & 9 Vitamins. They really are #BarsWithBenefits

food / innovative food

fulfilnutrition.com/ie

Dublin, Ireland

2015

n/am

SEED

n/a

10-50

Cloudsmith.io's logo

Cloudsmith.io

Cloudsmith is a fully managed Package Management as a Service making it easy to secure and accelerate your supply chain

transportation / b2b

cloudsmith.io

Belfast, Ireland

2016

2.4m

SEED

€10-15m

10-50

Brightflag's logo

Brightflag

New way for organizations to manage and control outside counsel costs

legal;fintech / legal matter management

brightflag.com

Dublin, Ireland

2014

35.6m

GROWTH EQUITY

€29-43m

100-500

VideoElephant's logo

VideoElephant

VideoElephant | Boosting Video Ad Revenues with Premium Video Content

media / content production

videoelephant.com

Dublin, Ireland

2012

8.7m

EARLY VC

€22-33m

10-50

Profitero's logo

Profitero

Pricing intelligence service for retailers and manufacturers

fintech / in-store retail & restaurant tech

profitero.com

Dublin, Ireland

2010

35.4m

EARLY VC

€73-109m

100-500

Clevercards's logo

Clevercards

A Platform-as-a-Service to generate, distribute and manage payment cards

fintech / b2b

clevercards.com

Dublin, Ireland

2011

23.2m

EARLY VC

€40-60m

10-50

Flipdish's logo

Flipdish

Makes branded ordering apps and websites for quick service delivery and takeout restaurants

marketing / ecommerce solutions

flipdish.com

Dublin, Ireland

2015

47.5m

GROWTH EQUITY

€19-29m

100-500

SynergySuite's logo

SynergySuite

Helps restaurants and hospitality businesses run and grow their operations

food;enterprise software / in-store retail & restaurant tech

synergysuite.com

Dublin, Ireland

2011

13.7m

LATE VC

€25-38m

50-100

Atlas Dynamics's logo

Atlas Dynamics

Fully autonomous drone-based solutions

security;robotics / public safety

atlasdynamics.eu

Dublin, Ireland

2015

7.3m

EARLY VC

€29-44m

10-50

Lightstorm Networks's logo

Lightstorm Networks

Designs, develops, and supplies semiconductor solutions

semiconductors / b2b

lightstormnetworks.com

County Galway, Ireland

2003

4.4m

SERIES A

€18-26m

1-10

Cloudsphere's logo

Cloudsphere

Provides governance across migration planning, security posture, identity, compliance and cost management in the cloud

b2b / enterprise software

cloudsphere.com

Dublin, Ireland

2002

22.7m

GROWTH EQUITY

€55-82m

50-100

Workvivo's logo

Workvivo

Internal communication and engagement platform

saas / enterprise software

workvivo.com

County Cork, Ireland

2017

14.5m

SERIES A

€58-87m

50-100

Zipp Mobility 's logo

Zipp Mobility

A dockless scooter-sharing service - reducing congestion and providing an environmentally friendly alternative to car

transportation / search, buy & rent

zippmobility.com

Clonskeagh, Ireland

2019

0.8m

SEED

€2-3m

10-50

SoapBox's logo

SoapBox

Speech Recognition Technology for Kids Ages 2 to 12

b2b / saas

soapboxlabs.com

Dublin, Ireland

2013

12.1m

SERIES A

€23—35m

10-50

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