Donegal Enterprise Awards

Donegal Enterprise Awards



The Awards - organised by the Local Enterprise Office Donegal - celebrates the achievements of Donegal’s small business sector over the past two years (2020 - 2021). The awards recognise and celebrate the success stories of small business owners from all over the county. The following awards will be announced and presented at the County Donegal Final of the competition, to be held on Friday 3rd December 2021. The closing date to enter your business is Monday November 15th 2021.

Award Categories – Overall Prize Fund €12,000

  • Best Established Award (over 18months trading) – Prize Fund €2500
  • Best Established Award Runner-Up (over 18months trading) – Prize Fund €1000
  • Best Start Up Award (less than 18months trading) – Prize Fund €1500
  • Best Start Up Award Runner-Up (less than 18months trading) – Prize Fund €1000
  • Best Donegal Export Enterprise Award – Prize Fund €1000
  • Best Donegal Enterprise Innovation Award – Prize Fund €1000
  • Best Donegal Adaptation Enterprise Award - Prize Fund €1000
  • The Food Coast – Enterprise Award - Prize Fund €1000
  • The Creative Coast – Enterprise Award – Prize Fund €1000
  • Donegal Engineering Cluster - Enterprise Award - Prize Fund €1000

A Celebration of Resilience & Brilliance


All applicant businesses must have less than 50 employees and must have been in receipt of direct LEO supports under one or more of the following interventions:

  • Grant aid
  • Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters
  • Mentoring Programme
  • Trading Online Voucher Scheme
  • Participation on LEO Training Programmes
  • Micro Finance Ireland Scheme

How To Enter

To enter you must submit the following:
  • A recent set of financial statements
  • Option submission of video to share your story with the judges


Closing Date For Applications

  • Applications and support information must be submitted to by email by 12noon on Monday 15th November
  • Selected Finalists will be invited to meet the judges on 30th of November
  • A profile video and photo will be taken of each finalist
  • The Donegal Enterprise Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 3rd of December 2021 at 12.30pm (subject to health guidelines and restrictions)

Got A Question?

Email any questions in relation to your application to