National Ploughing Association (NPA) Innovation Arena Awards 2016

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Irish Farmers Journal
Enterprise Ireland

The National Ploughing Championships is one of Europe’s largest outdoor agricultural trade exhibitions. 2015 saw the most successful Championships ever with 281,000 attendees and over 1,500 delighted exhibitors. This year, the 85th National Ploughing Championships will take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 20th – 22nd 2016.

The National Ploughing Association (NPA), organisers of the Annual Ploughing Championships, have teamed up with The Irish Farmers Journal and Enterprise Ireland to recognise and reward outstanding innovation in the agricultural sector in the NPA Innovation Arena.

Overview National Ploughing Association (NPA) Innovation Arena Awards

Innovation is one of the principles on which the Innovation Arena was founded and the competition for awards is at the heart of our event.

Each year the NPA Innovation Arena receives extensive media coverage as the world looks to Ireland to lead innovation for the agriculture sector; improving farming practices in Ireland and beyond.

The NPA Innovation Arena puts inventions from Ireland on show to the world and helps establish their success by introducing them to the marketplace and facilitating networks that will help them take steps towards achieving commercial success. We’ve seen a number of individuals and companies launch new products and innovations at the NPA Innovation Arena, going on to achieve global success. Approved entrants will showcase their innovations in the NPA Innovation Arena at the heart of the National Ploughing Championship.

The NPA Innovation Arena is the ideal place to demonstrate ground-breaking developments, whether they are back-yard inventions or professional innovations, to thousands of Innovation Arena visitors.

Innovators from the following industry sectors are encouraged to enter: dairy and dry-stock farming, horticulture, information and communication technology, cloud and mobile based software, animal health and genetics, water and waste management, environment and clean-tech, animal and farm management, farm safety and leading research.

With a range of categories in which to enter, and a competition structure that supports Irish ingenuity at all levels, The NPA Innovation Arena is the perfect place to launch your new innovations.

Last year, over 150 applications were received and 50 successful applicants were put forward.

Am I eligible?

The NPA Innovation Arena provides an ideal opportunity for startup enterprises or small and medium businesses to introduce new products to the Irish and European market.

The NPA Ploughing Championship show is a great place to test the market and to capitalise on the interaction with industry buyers, agri-leaders, and visitors who flock to see new ideas shaping the agricultural landscape.


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Key contact/more information

For more information, please contact:

+353 90 6487100

If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland and want to learn more about qualifying and applying for Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up supports, go to our Start a Business Section.