Innovation Arena 2021 in association with Enterprise Ireland and the NPA

Virtual Innovation Arena

'Innovating for a Green Future'

Competition 2021

This year the Innovation Arena will be delivered in an online format due to the continued restrictions withCovid-19. So, we too are innovating to deliver the 11th Innovation Arena in a safe and efficient manner in these challenging times.

Unfortunately, the buzz of attending the Innovation Arena at National Ploughing will never be replicated in an online competition. What it will achieve though is recognition of innovative and entrepreneurial activity that is driving forward in this this country despite Covid-19. Many Enterprise Ireland companies have adjusted to deliver success, whether it has been developing important PPE, or ensuring that vital food and industry services remain open. This resilience in particularly evident in the Agri community.

The Innovation Arena in 2021 will remain be the ideal platform to demonstrate ground-breaking developments, whether they are farmer led inventions, commercial company innovations, or research focused solutions that have the potential to change the industry. to thousands of Innovation Arena visitors.

Over the last 10 years, innovative products at the Innovation Arena from leading companies such as Dairymaster, Samco, Malone, Moocall, Herdwatch and Cross Engineering have gone on to receive global success. The beauty of this competition is the unearthing of unknown technology like Magrow with their novel spraying technology, last year’s winners of the Alfie Cox Trophy ‘IAMUS’ with a new approach to poultry farming using robotics and AI.

The Innovation Arena receives extensive media coverage as the world looks to Ireland to lead innovation for the agriculture sector. This will be vital to companies in 2021 to promote new innovations, as nearly every trade fair and events have been postponed or cancelled. Enterprise Ireland along with National Ploughing Association will endeavour to reach all audiences to promote the Innovation Arena winners.

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 Innovation Arena is the perfect place to launch your new innovations. This year we also want to focus on solutions that have the potential to lower the carbon footprint in the sector, helping to deliver on the focus of the Government for a green future.

Application Form

Welcome to the application form for the Virtual Innovation Arena Competition 2021

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a virtual boot camp, one to one judging panel and the selected winners will be invited to exhibit in the 2022 Winners Enclosure at the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships.

Before your submit your application, we'd advise you to note the following important key dates and to read the Terms and Conditions

Key Dates

Before submitting your application, please be advised of the following important key dates:

31st MarchCompetition Opens
30th JuneFinal Date for receipt of applications
1st JulyShortlisting results advised to all applicants
13th JulyPre-Judging Webinar
19th - 23th JulyOnline Judging
15th September Award Ceremony


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