First ever Northern Ireland Startup Awards winners revealed

  • The most promising new businesses in Northern Ireland were recognised at the first ever Northern Ireland StartUp Awards.

    The awards debuted this year to highlight the dynamic startup scene across the country that skyrocketed during the pandemic, and has been rolled out in nine UK nations and regions, supported nationally by BT, Clearco, Moblox, Fearless Adventures and with regional support from Moja Group.

    The final was held at the Ulster Museum in Belfast and saw fourteen different awards given out to new businesses in categories such as global startup of the year, creative startup of the year and young entrepreneur of the year. 

    The awards were judged by a panel of prominent local judges, including Dave Linton, of Madlug, Dr Roisin Molloy of Trimedika and Audrey Osbourne of TechStart Ventures.

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    The Startup of the Year for Northern Ireland was won by Scanmatix, which also won the business-to-business startup of the year category. The firm was established in 2020 to provide business owners with a software tool and services to improve efficiencies, increase turnover, increase margin, and improve customer retention and loyalty by ensuring that they can always fulfil orders in-store and online. 

    Originally formed as the Wales StartUp Awards in 2016, the Awards Series has joined forces with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to take the celebration of newly formed businesses nationwide. 

    Creator of the awards Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE said the inaugural event had recognised the amazing entrepreneurial talent that exists across Northern Ireland. He added: “We have heard exceptional stories of dedication and passion from founders of new Northern Ireland firms, and it was an honour to showcase these local entrepreneurial heroes in Belfast last night. With record numbers of new businesses being created in Northern Ireland, there is no better time to celebrate the achievements of these amazing businesses that are creating employment and wealth in their local communities”

    Full list of winners:

    Northern Ireland StartUp of the Year


    Business-to-Business Services StartUp of the Year 


    Consumer Services StartUp of the Year   


    Creative StartUp of the Year

    Sheer Blooms

    Digital StartUp of the Year


    Food and Drink StartUp of the Year  

    Mussenden Sea Salt

    Global StartUp of the Year

    The Mind Tribe UK

    Innovative StartUp of the Year      

    Sativa Learning

    Mobile and Emerging Technologies StartUp of the Year 


    Online Retail StartUp of the Year


    Professional Services StartUp of the Year

    Occupational Therapy

    Rural StartUp of the Year

    The Dundrum Inn

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    Digital Stylist

    Belfast StartUp of the Year

    Whytematter Staffing Solutions

    Rising Stars



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