Tuesday 18 June 2019

Bootcamp brings together our best social entrepreneurs

A communications platform for separated parents, a Mathletics initiative, and a programme that teaches parents from disadvantage backgrounds how to plan and cook family meals on a budget were just some of the social enterprise ideas explored at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI)'s Academy East bootcamp which took place recently.

The bootcamp brought together 30 high-potential social entrepreneurs from across the Leinster region, including Fingal.

Participants took part in training workshops and networking sessions before pitching their idea to a panel of judges to secure a place in SEI's Academy for Social Entrepreneurs.

Now in its third year, SEI's Academy programme provides mentoring and support to those with early-stage social enterprise ideas. The six-month programme, worth in excess of €7,500 to each project, includes interactive sessions on business structures, governance and story-telling, and culminates with the opportunity to pitch for seed funding from a total pot of €30,000. Participants also receive 1:1 mentorship from a member of the SEI network and become part of SEI's community of social entrepreneurs.

This year's Academy programme drew 204 applications from all corners of Ireland, in addition to 120 submissions for SEI's Awards programme.

Commenting, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Darren Ryan, said: 'SEI is now in its 15th year and we are so proud and inspired to see the number of applications to our programmes grow year on year. We're really looking forward to meeting those who've made it to the 2019 Academy bootcamps.'

Fingal Independent