\The Irish startups and scaleups to watch in 2021

\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?

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

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

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Webio's logo

Webio

Intelligent Customer Engagement Platform

enterprise software / social media

webio.com

Dublin, Ireland

2016

2m

EARLY VC

€6-9m

10-50

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LetsGetChecked

STI/STD, Fertilty, Cancer and General Health Tests

health / biotech

letsgetchecked.com

Dublin, Ireland

2014

241m

SERIES D

€909m

100-500

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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

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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

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Thrive

An employee communications platform for distributed workforce

communications / enterprise software

thrive.app

Belfast, Ireland

2011

3.3m

SEED

€13-20m

10-50

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Adoreboard

Helps brands to understand online customer emotion

marketing / machine learning

adoreboard.com

Belfast, Ireland

2011

n/am

Early VC

n/a

10-50

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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

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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

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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

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Cubic Telecom

Provides global connectivity solutions to businesses

telecom / iot internetofthings

cubictelecom.com

Ireland

2009

86.2m

LATE VC

€45-67m

100-500

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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

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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

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