2016 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards Programme Now Open

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) are looking to support social entrepreneurs with the greatest potential to bring about positive change to Ireland’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. They have a fund that can help take your idea to the next level. Through the Awards Programme they provide funding, mentoring and support to high potential social entrepreneurs and their projects. 

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.

Funding, Training & Support

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. All Awardees of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland are also entitled to receive a series of pro-bono supports from several partner organisations, ensuring that each of our social entrepreneurs receive the best professional services available at no cost to them. Awardees are also provided with access to numerous free/low-cost training courses and workshops to help develop both themselves and their organisations further.

2 Year Programme

The Impact Programme runs for 2 years, allowing Awardees the necessary time to not only develop a robust growth plan but to begin the process of implementation as well - all of which results in a substantial increase in the positive social impact of their organisations.

Elevator Programme

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

6 Social Entrepreneurs

For social entrepreneurs setting out at the early stage of a journey, it can be very difficult to find the support and funding they need to develop their projects. We find 6 early-stage projects with high potential to create positive social impact.

Funding, Training & Support

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 in excess of €10,000. All Awardees of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland are also entitled to receive a series of pro-bono supports from several partner organisations, ensuring that each social entrepreneur receives the best professional services available at no cost to them. Awardees are also provided with access to numerous free/low-cost training courses and workshops to help develop both themselves and their organisations further.

12 Month Programme

The Elevator Programme runs for 12 months, allowing Awardees the necessary time to implement a detailed action plan to further develop their projects. Upon completion, SEI provides Elevator Awardees with guidance on key next steps for them and their organisations.

Deadline for applications: 7 April 2016

Visit the SEI website now for full guidelines and criteria for both programmes.


SEI AWARDS ROADSHOW

Over the next few weeks, the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland team will be visiting a number of locations around Ireland (Dublin, Belfast, Galway & Cork) to meet and hear from as many potential applicants as possible.  SEI will be providing information on the supports available for social entrepreneurs during the events, along with answering any questions people might have about the application processes.

At each event, SEI will also be providing training in some key areas of interest to social entrepreneurs, such as leadership, telling your story, and the power of networking.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear directly from some of the previous SEI Award winners in each region.

Details of these Roadshows, complete with links to register to attend, are as follows:

  • Dublin, 8th March – Register here.
  • Belfast, 9th March – Register here.
  • Galway, 22nd March - Register here.
  • Cork, 23rd March - Register here.