Calling all innovators, start-ups, scale-ups across the Celtic nations!

The deadline for applications is set for June 24, 2024

The Interceltic Business Forum is proud to launch the inaugural Interceltic Scaling Awards, in association with OCO Global.


An extension of the Interceltic Business Forum, the competition aims to shine a spotlight on the diverse, innovative and thriving businesses across the Celtic regions, recognising and rewarding Celtic businesses for their ambition and achievements.


With representation from 5 Celtic regions, the Interceltic Scaling Awards final will be hosted in Lorient, Brittany at the Interceltic Business Forum.


Join us in celebrating the unique characteristics that define and differentiate Celtic nation businesses, and meet with their founders and build your network.


Why participate?


Raise your profile among partners and investors across the Celtic regions.

The Interceltic Scaling Award provides a fantastic showcase for the Celtic business community, providing the opportunity to engage and network with entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors, mentors and advisors.


·     800,000 visitors to the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, home to the Interceltic Business Forum & Interceltic Scaling Awards

·     200 delegates to the Interceltic Business Forum in Lorient, for brand exposure, knowledge sharing and networking


It is an event not to be missed for the entire Celtic region business community.



Sponsors and Partners

About the Awards


Applications will be invited via the partner and sponsor organisations from scaling companies in their region.


The most compelling company from each Celtic region will be shortlisted for the final in Lorient, Brittany, on the 12th of August 2024 during the next edition of the Interceltic Business Forum.


Ahead of the final, participants will undergo an interview session with the judges, where they will present their value proposition and answer questions.

The 5 finalists will have their travel and accommodation costs paid to attend the final and participate in the event with attendant PR and networking opportunities as a representative of their nation.


Finalists will receive:


•      €5,000 funding support for 2 runners-up

•      Extensive marketing and PR before during and after Interceltic Business Forum

•      Mentoring of leadership team by OCO Global and partner organisations

•      Incubation/soft landing support in another Celtic nation

•      Invitation to the Festival Interceltique de Lorient

•      Exclusive access to the B2B Interceltic Trade platform powered by OCO Connect

•      A trophy


Overall Award winner will receive:


•       €20,000 funding

•       Extensive publicity

•       Invitation to future Interceltic Business Forum events as speaker

•       Up to 3 months Incubation support in other Celtic nation of choice


Entry criteria


•      HQ in one of the Celtic nations

•      Minimum revenue of €250k (or funding if pre-revenue)

•      At least 2 years since establishment

•      Operating in one of the following industries: Technology, Manufacturing or Services with a sustainability dimension


After the final, every participant will have the opportunity to be profiled on a dedicated showcase webpage connected with the Interceltic Business Forum to raise their profile across the Celtic nations.


Judging process


The judging panel will be composed of experts from Celtic organisations with a demonstrated track record in entrepreneurship, economic development and business internationalization.


This panel will review and score the nominations and shortlist the winning submissions.


They will then be responsible for choosing the winner from the 5 finalists.



Our judging panel includes:

Marie Donellan, CEO, Platform 94

Charles Kergaravat, Founder, Interceltic Business Forum

Mark O’Connell, Executive Chairman, OCO Global

Nicola Lloyd, Director of Trade and Investment, Cornwall Trade & Investment

Ken Poole, Head of Economic Development, Cardiff Capital Region

Arnaud Rentenier, Director of Business Support and Innovation, Audélor

About OCO Global


OCO Global is a technology enabled advisory firm focused on trade, investment and economic development with 12 offices worldwide.


We work with our clients to ensure that their international business thrives, by delivering innovative and sustainable outcomes and connecting them to opportunities across the world that create prosperity, employment and economic growth.


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