Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) today launched a call-out for people across the country with ideas and initiatives that address social issues in Irish society to apply for support.
Their new programme ‘Don’t let a good idea go to waste!’ is looking for people with early-stage ideas as well as those who are ready to grow and scale their existing projects.
Supported by DCC plc, SEI wants to find the 50 best ideas from people who are passionate about social change in Ireland to support them in putting the ideas in motion with financial and other critical support.
There are two ways that social entrepreneurs and aspiring social entrepreneurs can apply for support from SEI - The Academy and The Awards Programme.
The Academy for Social Entrepreneurs is a six-month programme, 45 people with early-stage ideas will win a place in the Academy for Social Entrepreneurs where they will receive training, mentoring and support along with an opportunity to pitch for seed funding, to spark their idea into action.
For the Awards Programme, six winners will be chosen in this category, to support people with projects tackling social problems, providing both direct funding and targeted support.
Applications for the Awards Programme and the Academy open today, February 12 and close at 5pm on 19th March. Interested candidates can apply or find out more at www.socialentrepreneurs.ie
Commenting on the programme, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Darren Ryan said, "We are looking for passionate people who have new ideas to make a difference in our communities. We are not looking for the perfect ideas - even if your idea is just getting started we want to hear it. We can help get the idea started or increase the impact you are having. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is uniquely placed to back these early-stage ideas, with support from DCC plc and all our partners, to have a positive impact on lives across the country. We are excited to see what ideas 2019 will bring."