Innovation Arena 2022 in association with Enterprise Ireland and the NPA

 Innovation Arena

'Innovation Arena showcasing Agritech talent that has global appeal'

Competition 2022

This year the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena is back taking centre stage at the National Ploughing Championships. The last 2 years of the competition was delivered in an online format due Covid-19. Thankfully this year the competition will again showcase the very best of Irish AgriTech innovation in person at the National Ploughing. The lush fields of Ireland are famous for producing some of the best food in the world, so it comes as no surprise that we are developing a nation of AgriTech innovators and entrepreneurs, that will enhance our global reputation.

Climate change and food security are now very high on every country’s agenda in these uncertain times. Agriculture and the technology associated with the sector, now needs to shine bright across the world. Ireland has a key role to play here, some of our top AgriTech companies are active in 140 countries. Delivering innovation and improved results for farms and the industry. Protecting our natural resources high on the agenda for so many people, this year’s competition yielded a significant number of applicants focused on delivering a greener more sustainable future.

The Overall Winner, and the winner of the Sustainable Agriculture Award last year, was marine biotech company Brandon Bioscience in Tralee, Co Kerry. Developed in collaboration with the fertiliser manufacturer Target Fertilisers, the winning entry was an innovative new biostimulant product using extracts from common brown seaweed that has the potential to reduce nitrogen use on farms by up to 20%.

It is fantastic to get recognition from enterprise Ireland for this innovative product and the research we have carried out to date. This is a very important issue facing agriculture systems in Ireland and around the world and we hope this award will further help increase the speed of adoption of the technology by farmers’ Oliver Kiernan CEO Brandon BioScience

Please find below the application form and highlights from the 2021 Innovation Arena event.

The Innovation Arena in 2022 is 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.

Innovation Arena Award Categories 2022
  • Established Company 'Innovator of the Year Award' 2022
  • Start-up Company 'Innovator of the Year Award' 2022
  • Sustainable Agriculture Award
  • Vet technology Award
  • Agritech Start-up Award
  • Agritech Established Award
  • Agri-Safety Award
  • One to Watch Award
  • Young Innovator of the Year
  • On Farm Innovation Award – Alfie Cox Founder’s Perpeptual Trophy
  • Agri Engineering Award

Partner Awards at the Innovation Arena 2022

  • ifac Best Newcomer Award
  • AgTechUCD Startup Award
  • ACE Agritech Centre of Excellence Award

2022 Key Dates

DateDetails
11th AprilCompetition Opens
1st June Competition Closes
13th JuneShortlisting
22nd June Pre-Judging Information Webinar
28th, 29th, 30th June Virtual Judging
20th September Innovation Arena Opens
TBC* Award Ceremony

*The Award Ceremony date is to be determined; all shortlisted applicants will be notified.


Application Form for the Online Innovation Arena Competition 2022

Highlights from the 2021 Virtual Event

Video Highlights from the 2021 Virtual Event


Photo Gallery of 2021 Virtual Event

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Contact Us

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