Nominations Open For Enterprise Ireland's Innovation Arena Award At Ploughing Championships

Awards for agricultural Innovations ideas will be given out at this years' National Ploughing Championships.

Nominations for Enterprise Ireland's Innovation Arena Awards are now open as the awards return to the National Ploughing Championships this year from 17th- 19th September in Ratheniska.

These awards put the spotlight on those who have pioneering ideas with the potential to deliver solutions for the agricultural sector and it's future.

There will be several awards given out on the first day of the Ploughing Championships, with the overall start up award winner to receive €10,000.

The awards will be focusing on start up companies under five years old and established companies that are focused on scaling and innovation.

The awards showcase cutting edge solutions from Irish agri-tech companies and innovators to thousands of visitors over the course of the three day event.

Leo Clancy, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland is committed to supporting Irish businesses to grow and scale, and to become global leaders in their field, and this includes pioneering Irish agritech businesses that are having an impact around the world. Irish agritech innovators are shaping the future, and new ideas and cutting-edge products have never been in greater demand to deliver solutions to global challenges, with a particular focus on sustainability as we strive to work together to protect our planet and futureproof this sector. Working with the NPA, Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena provides an important platform for Irish companies in this sector, bringing together some of the brightest minds, and I would encourage all entrepreneurs who are interested to consider applying.”

Anna May McHugh, NPA Managing Director, said: “The Innovation Arena proves to be a massive draw at the National Ploughing Championships every year, as it puts a spotlight on the Irish change makers who are making an impact around the world.  We are delighted to continue this successful partnership with Enterprise Ireland again for this year’s Innovation Arena, as it annually delivers cutting edge ideas and technologies, which shapes the future of agriculture globally.”

James Maloney, Senior Development Adviser, Enterprise Ireland, said“In a sector where the landscape is constantly changing, the importance of initiatives like the Innovation Arena, in partnership with the NPA, have never been more important. Reflecting the ever-evolving demands placed on the sector, in this year’s competition there will be a focus on innovations and solutions which address issues across animal science and technology, agri-engineering, digital technologies, animal health and nutrition, sustainability and climate action, and farm health and safety.”

To enter this year’s Innovation Arena Awards, please click here.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on 7th June 2024.





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