10 Irish start-ups people most want to work for, according to LinkedIn

22 Sep 2021

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Drone delivery service Manna topped LinkedIn’s list of the 10 most sought-after start-ups to work for in Ireland.

LinkedIn has revealed its first-ever list of top 10 Irish start-ups that people want to work for.

The list, which includes seven emerging sci-tech companies that continued to attract investment and employees in the face of the pandemic, was based on employee growth, jobseeker interest, engagement on the social network and the ability to attract talent.

Dublin-based drone delivery service Manna topped the list, which also included Irish tech start-ups Flipdish, CitySwift, LetsGetChecked, Workvivo, Glofox and Teckro. Other companies rounding out the top 10 were Gym+Coffee, The Naked Collective and Spotlight Oral Care.

In order to be eligible for the ranking, companies had to be seven years old or younger, have at least 30 employees, be privately held and headquartered in Ireland.

Sandrine Chauvin, managing editor of LinkedIn News, said that healthcare and e-commerce companies in particular were able to adapt during the pandemic and see growth.

“Our top Irish start-ups list is reflective of these trends with companies like Manna and Flipdish riding the wave of the spike in e-commerce, as well as healthcare businesses such as Zevo Health and Spotlight Oral Care seeing substantial growth. The LinkedIn Top Startups point to growing trends in business, emerging sectors and the job opportunities available.”

Growing Irish tech start-ups

In April, Manna secured $25m in Series A funding led by Draper Esprit to expand beyond its testing phases. The start-up has signed deals with Tesco and Just Eat to help deliver groceries and food to homes using its fleet of drones.

Second on the list was another Dublin-based start-up, LetsGetChecked. This health-tech unicorn, recently valued at more than $1bn, makes home testing kits to help people monitor their health.

Cork-based Workvivo was ranked fourth. This growing SaaS start-up, which was backed by Zoom founder Eric Yuan, creates communications tools to support teams working remotely. It was followed on the list by gym management software start-up Glofox, which raised $10m in funding last year.

In the second half of the top 10 were CitySwift, Flipdish and Teckro.

Galway-based CitySwift is a transport technology start-up that recently inked a deal with the UK’s National Express West Midlands to manage route planning and optimise services for passengers. Food-ordering start-up Flipdish has also been growing significantly during the pandemic, announcing 300 jobs in December 2020 and raising $40m in February of this year.

Limerick-based clinical trial software company Teckro raised $25m in early 2019 and announced an expansion with 45 new jobs in Dublin later in the year.

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Vish Gain is a journalist with Silicon Republic