Meath-based company Hexafly, won the gold award in the Agritech Startup category at the National Startup Awards sponsored by Bank of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.
Hexafly develops new material for the aqua feed, chitin and plant nutrition industries through the sustainable farming of insects.
Other successful companies in the Agritech category included ApisProtect who scooped silver – they create in-hive sensors to unobtrusively monitor honey bee colonies.
Equine MediRecord, who have created the first centralised database system that is accessible to private yards, vets and regulators globally in any agricultural sector, won the bronze award.
The competition recognises innovative, successful and aspirational Irish start-up companies who have launched their businesses in the last five years. This year, awards were presented to deserving winners across 13 categories including tech, retail, product and tourism with gold, silver and bronze winners being awarded in each category.
Commenting on the Awards, Stephen Dillon, founder of Startups.ie, said: “Once again we were amazed and inspired by the quality and passion of the start-ups involved in this year’s awards. With the National Startup Awards we are proud to recognise and reward the very best of Irish start-up businesses. A vibrant start-up eco system is essential to every economy and judging by the quality of this year’s competition the future for Irish start-ups is very bright indeed. We hope that all of the participants enjoyed the experience and we look forward to watching their progress over the coming years. Well done to all our finalists and congratulations to this year’s winners. ”