Deadline nears for €600,000 social entreprenur fund

Previous recipients include CoderDojo, FoodCloud, Pieta House and Smartvote

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland chief executive Darren Ryan said social entrepreneurs can bring about real change in society, just as entrepreneurs can drive change in business.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland chief executive Darren Ryan said social entrepreneurs can bring about real change in society, just as entrepreneurs can drive change in business.

 

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is on the hunt for people with ideas to address social problems on the island of Ireland as part of its 2016 awards programme. Applications close this Thursday.

The programme, which is supported by DCC, will provide €600,000 in development funding and support to nine social entrepreneurs to accelerate the progression of their social ventures.

Previous recipients have tackled a range of social issues from adult education and the provision of emergency services in rural areas to voter engagement and food waste. They include CoderDojo, FoodCloud, Pieta House and Smartvote.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland chief executive Darren Ryan said social entrepreneurs can bring about real change in society, just as entrepreneurs can drive change in business. “This year we are calling on people all around Ireland to consider if their big idea has the potential to change Ireland,” he said.

Energy Show

A number of seminars will be held over the two-day event, including how to finance energy projects and maximise energy savings, renewable energy solutions for large businesses and the latest developments in renewable marine energy.

Speakers at the conference include EC Charging founder Theresa Keady, Zesco Energy director Fiona Tutty, Star Renewables director Dave Pearson, and Aurivo group energy manager Marty Dervin.