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Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awards 2016 opens for applications

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by Startacus Admin

“What if your Big Idea could change Ireland?” is the tagline for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awards which have just opened for applications…
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

With applications opened from last week, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland have €600,000 available in funding and support to award up to 9 Irish social entrepreneurs. (Both NI and ROI)

On an annual basis, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland hold an open call for applications which is followed by a multi-stage selection process to determine which social enterprise projects they will support that particular year.

There are two programmes available, namely Impact and Elevator and although they’re targeted at projects at various stages of development, their common aim is to support social enterprises with the greatest potential to bring about positive change to some of Ireland’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

What are they looking for?

Both programmes (Impact and Elevator) look for social entrepreneur-led projects that address a societal challenge in a new or better way. These projects must be mission driven, effective and have the potential to scale their impact. The person applying must be the main driver and lead decision maker with a project already up and running. They should act in an entrepreneurial manner and be open to learning and developing themselves through the Awards Programme.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland


The Programmes

Impact Programme:

The Impact Programme looks to support social entrepreneurs with established and effective projects that have the potential to scale significantly – creating widespread and long term social impact.

Elevator Programme:

The Elevator Programme offers support to social entrepreneurs in the earliest stages of their projects. Through this 12 month programme the SEI team help refine ideas and implement the required structures to build a sustainable and scalable organisation.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Fund

The timeline...

  • Applications are open until 5pm 7th April 2016

  • 50 applicants will be invited to a full day workshop / pitching day on the 24th May 2016

  • 12 Elevator applicants will be invited to submit further info and then face an interview , from which the SEI team will select their 2016 Elevator Awardees

  • 6 Impact applicants will also be invited to take part in a summer programme before the SEI team select their 3 2016 Impact Awardees.

As you’d expect, all the essential terms, conditions and criteria can be found over at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland website so  be sure to check it out.

And finally, for any of you who are considering applying for this fab social entrepreneurial Irish initiative, a massive Good Luck from all at Startacus HQ.


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Published on: 8th March 2016

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