Social entrepreneurs to benefit from new Google-backed accelerator programme

Changing Ireland Accelerator aims to provide funding to leaders from under-represented or marginalised communities

A new Google-backed programme to support underserved social entrepreneurs has been launched by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI).

The Changing Ireland Accelerator, which has received funding from Google’s philanthropic arm, is a 12-month programme that will select four leaders across the island of Ireland who have identified a social or environmental issue and developed a clear solution and business model to solve it. The programme is focusing on supporting those from under-represented or marginalised communities.

Participants will get personalised supports and €60,000 in funding each. Programme partner INCO will distribute the funding.

“We are delighted with the support of and INCO to launch the Changing Ireland Accelerator,” said Tim Griffiths, chief executive of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. “This programme will accelerate the social impact that is being delivered by social entrepreneurs across the island of Ireland, reaching some of our most underserved communities.”


Google is providing €500,000 to SEI as part of its European-wide commitment to supporting social entrepreneurs. The company has pledged €20 million in cash funding through the Social Innovation Fund to support underserved social innovators across Europe.

“Social enterprise is increasingly important in helping to solve some of society’s biggest challenges; that is why we are committed to supporting social entrepreneurs and are encouraging ambitious change-makers to apply to the Changing Ireland Accelerator programme,” said Rachael Bleakley, programme manager at

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist