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Social Entrepreneurs Ireland At Social Entrepreneurs Ireland we support people who have big, new solutions to Irelands's social and environmental problems.We provide funding and a range of in-depth supports.



Our Story:
Changing 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 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. We have two Awards programmes Impact and Elevator.
Our 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.Each year look for up to 3, Awardees. 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.
Our Elevator Programme:
offers support to social entrepreneurs in the earliest stages of their projects. Through this 12 month programme we help refine ideas and implement the required structures to build a sustainable and scalable organisation.We find up to 6 early-stage projects with high potential to create positive social impact.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.
The Impact:
Over the past 10 years we have supported 169 social entrepreneurs, investing €5.82 million in to their projects.These in turn have directly impacted over 290,000 people across Ireland and created over 970 employment opportunities in the process.
Company No: 433846, Registered CHY 17524.Charity Reg.No.20065379 © SEI 2015


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  • Civic Participation
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Disabilities
  • Education
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health
  • Housing, Shelter, Homelessness
  • Other
  • Women, Girls

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  • Europe


  • Non-Profit

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