social entrepreneurs


6
Apr 14

Irish Social Entrepreneurs Offered €600,000

An awards programme worth €600,000 to find new social entrepreneurs in Ireland is open for applications.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is offering €420,000 in cash and €180,000 in kind for social entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas and solutions to Ireland’s social and environmental programmes.

The awards will be provided under two programmes – Impact and Elevator. With €100,000 in funding, the Impact Programme acts as a substantial source of capital for the projects it supports. In addition to this funding, Impact Awardees will receive direct support from the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland team valued in excess of €40,000.

The Elevator Programme provides €20,000 in direct funding. In addition to this funding, Elevator Awardees will receive direct support from the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland team valued at more than €10,000.

The organisers envisage up to three awards in the Impact category and 4-6 awards in the Elevator category.

Two further information sessions will be held in Longford on the April 7th and Belfast, 15th  April.

The deadline for applications is 28 April 2014 and can be made online at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

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17
Nov 13

Five Things You Should Know About Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs IrelandIt’s an Irish not-for-profit organisation that supports people who come up with good solutions to Ireland’s biggest social problems.

It believes that the solutions to societal problems in Ireland must be driven by passionate individuals who adopt an entrepreneurial approach to bringing about change. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland helps these individuals to increase their impact by providing significant funding alongside in-depth technical and practical supports.

* Over the last eight years Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has supported 161 social entrepreneurs, investing €4.9m in their projects, and providing significant additional supports. These in turn have directly impacted more than 200,000 people across Ireland and created in excess of 800 employment opportunities in the process.

*This year’s finalists are John Evoy of Irish Men’s Sheds Association, Krystian Fikert of MyMind, Natasha & Toby Haslam Hopwood of The Galtee Clinic, Peter Johnson of Jobnet, Graham Jones of Solas Project, John Kearney of Irish Community Rapid Response, Brian McCormick of Adtruism and Mags Mullarney of Move4Parkinson’s.

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5
Nov 13

Cork Founder of Irish Community “Rapid Response” Nominated for €200,000 Award.

‘When we started, our aim was to help save one life a year. Now we are helping to save two lives a month,’ says John Kearney, founder of Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR).

The organisation is nominated for a 2013 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Award of €200,000 sponsored by DCC plc.

Several years ago, John Kearney found himself in a life or death medical emergency with a good friend. His friend survived, but the delay in getting him medical treatment had a big impact on his quality of life. John says that this experience really highlighted how difficult it can be for the existing services to deal with the problems rural isolation can cause and the importance of a rapid response service.

First established in West Cork, the Irish Community Rapid Response teams enhance local emergency services by providing additional medical personnel to respond to emergency callouts.

Funded by the communities they operate in, ICRR teams provide volunteer doctors and paramedics that can be called upon through the ‘999’ service to support and complement the existing Emergency Services. All of their medical volunteers are provided with equipment, skills and on-going training to deliver critical care.

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13
Jun 13

Irish Men’s Sheds and other social entrepreneurs who want to make Ireland better.

The eight shortlisted Social Entrepreneurs Ireland finalists today.A COMMUNITY-BASED organisation that tries to empower men to take care of their mental health is one of the finalists on this year’s Social Entrepreneurs Ireland shortlist.

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association joins organisations concerned with access to residential care for children, to affordable mental health services, rehabilitation service for young people caught up in crime – among others – in the final eight. Each organisation on the shortlist will receive three months of support and guidance before a final award of €130,000 in direct funding as well as €70,000 worth of support over two years is given to three chosen winner of the ‘Impact Award’ in October. The five other finalists will receive €22,000 in direct funding and €10,000 in further support services over the coming year.

These are the eight finalists, all trying to have a positive impact on their fellow citizens’ wellbeings in a number of arenas:

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4
Jun 13

Irish start-up secures €300k to develop online programme for eating disorders.

Irish start-up secures €300k to develop online programme for eating disorders

Pictured, from left: Joey Mason, Delta Partners; Emma Murphy, founder, The Turning Institute; and Donal Duffy, Bank of Ireland

Online mental health platform The Turning Institute has secured €300,000 to develop a 12-week programme for people with bulimia and binge-eating disorders.

The Turning Institute, which was founded by the psychotherapist Emma Murphy, obtained the funding via the Bank of Ireland Start-up and Emerging Sectors Fund and Enterprise Ireland in a deal managed by Delta Partners.

Murphy, who specialises in eating disorders, is also the founder of Sandyford Wellness Clinic.

She will use the funding to launch a 12-week, video-based programme for people with bulimia and binge-eating disorders. Murphy has devised the programme, which will feature on the new website ChangePanda.com.

She came up with the idea for the online programme through her work with those with eating disorders.

About two years ago, Murphy had two clients who started at the same time: a 40-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. Both of her clients had been struggling with bulimia for more than 20 years.

“This prompted me to design a programme that could be accessed safely and confidentially online so sufferers could access help sooner rather than later,” she said. The Turning Institute also received funding from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland last year.

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30
May 13

SuperValu calls on Limerick GAA clubs to enter the ‘Community Den’

SuperValu Launch 'Community Den'To celebrate its fourth year as partners to the GAA, SuperValu, Ireland’s leading community retailer is calling on GAA clubs from Limerick to enter a new and exciting ‘Community Den’ competition.

Community Dragons; Paul Galvin (Kerry), Marty Morrissey (RTE) and Gavin Duffy (Dragon’s Den) have teamed up with SuperValu to call on communities and GAA clubs in Limerick to enter the competition to win one of three €5,000 bursaries or the overall prize fund of €10,000 for their club, with one of each of these bursaries spread across the four provinces.   Additionally, SuperValu will host a gala dinner at the winning club to celebrate the joy of Irish sport and the taste of local food, attended by GAA President Liam O’Neill.

Kerry footballer, Paul Galvin said, “I look forward to becoming a Dragon for the SuperValu Community Den initiative. In these hard times, clubs are really struggling to raise much needed funds. With this initiative SuperValu is providing them with an opportunity to get funds that will make a real difference to their club and its members. All you have to do is drop into your local SuperValu to pick up an entry form or log on to supervalu.ie.  Closing date for entries is July 12th. Provincial winners will be announced on July 26th and the overall winner will be announced on September 11th. “

Margaret Barron, SuperValu Marketing Manager said, “Much like the GAA, SuperValu lies at the heart of communities in Ireland. We believe in the power of local and want to celebrate our sponsorship of the Football Championship by giving something back to the communities in which we operate and are offering clubs a real chance to make improvements that will benefit their members and supporters.”

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27
May 13

Changing Ireland by significantly increasing the impact of Ireland’s leading social entrepreneurs.

Social Entrepreneurs IrelandThe Challenge;  In order to solve some of Ireland’s social and environmental problems, we need innovative thinking and new solutions. We need to challenge the status quo and try new things. We need to focus on effectiveness and on impact.

We are lucky to have people all over Ireland who are developing new solutions to our societal problems. Without support, however, these ideas can struggle to make enough of an impact. We know we can’t afford to wait for these solutions to grow and scale, as the problems we face are immediate and urgent.

The Idea;  When a social entrepreneur comes up with a great new solution to social problems, we believe that they should get the funding and support that they need to scale and grow, so that they can impact as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

At Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, we find the social entrepreneurs who have the most potential to have an impact, work with them intensively to develop their projects and ensure that their ideas are implemented as effectively and efficiently as possible. Our Awards Programmes provides up to €200,000 worth of support per social entrepreneur over the course of up to two years.

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16
May 13

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland reaches out to U.S.

Darren Ryan, the Head of Engagement at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI)

Darren Ryan, the Head of Engagement at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI)

At a time when Ireland’s social and economic challenges are at a crossroads, Darren Ryan is an Irishman in a hurry.

Ryan, the Head of Engagement at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) is in New York to meet with people who may be interested in helping Ireland emerge as a better nation, socially as well as economically, from the greatest recession in the country’s history.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is an 8-year-old not-for-profit organisation based in Dublin that supports people with new and innovative solutions to societal problems in Ireland.

Ryan is looking for venture philanthropists to join like minded people and corporates in Ireland, such as the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, KPMG, The Ireland Funds and Diageo, who support the work of SEI.

Since 2005 SEI has supported 161 emerging social entrepreneurs by providing expert counsel and investing over $6 million in these exceptional individuals and their projects.

The social issues addressed range from mental health to the environment, unemployment and education. The 161 projects supported so far have  directly assisted over 200,000 people in Ireland and created over 800 employment opportunities in the process. Given its track record of delivering great results, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is now looking to scale up its capacity so it can do more in a shorter space of time but it needs additional support to achieve that goal.

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11
Apr 13

‘Food Glorious Food’ Wins Prestigious Social Entrepreneurship Award.

Alexander Sloan | Contributing writer

‘Food Glorious Food’ coordinator Iseult Darling, at the SEI awards ceremony on Monday evening.

‘Food Glorious Food’, a Trinity student-led initiative has won the prestigious Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) ‘Minnovation’ award.  

The project, which aims to bridge the gap between food waste and food poverty, has become the talk of not just college, but of the national media over the past couple of weeks.    Prominent features in both the Irish Times and the Irish Sun has set the spotlight firmly on how this student-led project is attempting to combat Ireland’s record as the 5th worst nation in Europe for food waste.    Ireland produces over 1 million tonnes of food waste each year, yet this has not been lost on the SEI, who have recognised the successes of a project which only went live three weeks ago.   In essence, the Food Glorious Food project has created a ‘virtual food bank’, whereby restaurants and catering facilities with food, which may once have been thrown in the rubbish bin, are linked with charities through an APP.  Those charities can then redistribute the surplus produce to the most vulnerable within our society to food poverty.

The aim of the SEI is to provide a platform, in order to help solve Ireland’s most pressing social and environmental issues, for social entrepreneurial projects to realise their potential.   Since its inception seven years ago, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has provided the platform for over 160 projects to ‘get off the ground’.    In its first year, the ‘Minnovation’ award is designed primarily for projects in a primitive stage, with the goal of helping great ideas come to fruition.

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9
Apr 13

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs IrelandChanging Ireland by significantly increasing the impact of Ireland’s leading social entrepreneurs;

 

 

The Challenge

In order to solve some of Ireland’s social and environmental problems, we need innovative thinking and new solutions. We need to challenge the status quo and try new things. We need to focus on effectiveness and on impact.

We are lucky to have people all over Ireland who are developing new solutions to our societal problems. Without support, however, these ideas can struggle to make enough of an impact. We know we can’t afford to wait for these solutions to grow and scale, as the problems we face are immediate and urgent.

The Idea

When a social entrepreneur comes up with a great new solution to social problems, we believe that they should get the funding and support that they need to scale and grow, so that they can impact as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

At Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, we find the social entrepreneurs who have the most potential to have an impact, work with them intensively to develop their projects and ensure that their ideas are implemented as effectively and efficiently as possible. Our Awards Programmes provides up to €200,000 worth of support per social entrepreneur over the course of up to two years.

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