Social entrepreneurs pitch for place on awards programme - and a prize worth €200k
Innovative entrepreneurs have pitched for their place on an awards programme that has leveraged a number of successful Irish firms.
Some 45 candidates, their applications assessed by more than 250 reviewers across the country, brought their social concepts to the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Bootcamp this week.
The RDS event allows for the startups to showcase the benefit and scale of their project, with just 16 going through to the finals where the the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award is up for the taking.
FoodCloud's Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien, John Evoy of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association and Michael Kelly from GIY (Grow It Yourself) were winners of the award in previous years.
"Over the past 13 years we have worked closely to support high potential social entrepreneurs from start-up to scale-up and we have seen how transformative these supports are for social entrepreneurs," Darren Ryan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland said.
"We want to give the right supports to the right social entrepreneur, with the right idea, at the right time. The social entrepreneurs we welcome on to our programmes will become part of a community that is having an incredible impact across the country, tackling some of Ireland’s most pressing issues."
The adjudication panels at bootcamp day are made up of the SEI team and external judges, including some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs and business leaders - Alison Cowzer, Eamonn Quinn, and Norah Casey.
Investment of €200,000 in funding and support will be awarded to the winning entrepreneurs of the finals in June.