Social entrepreneurs invited to apply to SEI

At the launch of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s national campaign for people across the country with innovative ideas to solve social problems to apply to one its support programmes, are l-r: Jolene Cox, creator of the Now We’re Cooking Programme; Director of Impact at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Sara Dennedy; James O’Neill, Founder of Property Marketing Ireland; Dr Maria Garvey, Founder of Helping Hands and Chief Executive of DCC Donal Murphy with (centre) Lily-Mae and SEI alumni, Rosemary Kunene, Founder of Dignity Partnership. (Picture: Julien Behal Photography)

“See past the problems to the solutions” is the call from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) who earlier this week launched its national campaign for applications, supported by DCC plc.

SEI is inviting budding social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to solve social problems to apply.

Up to 60 people with early-stage ideas will win a place on the Ideas Academy where they will receive training and mentoring as they take the first steps from idea to action.

The four-month programme runs in three locations around Ireland – Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Up to eight places are available for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s prestigious Impact Programme aimed at high-potential social entrepreneurs.

The 11-month accelerator programme includes €20,000 in direct funding and significant non-financial supports across areas such as strategy, governance, business modelling, fundraising, communications, and leadership.

Throughout the month of March, SEI will visit several cities to host Connect & Learn events. The events will provide potential applicants the opportunity to learn more about SEI’s prorgammes and application process, and connect with fellow budding social entrepreneurs.

The southern event ‘Connect & Learn South’, will take place on Tuesday next, March 10th (12.30 – 2.30pm) at the Republic of Work, 12 South Mall St, Cork.

April 7th Deadline

Applications are now open for the Ideas Academy – aimed at those with early-stage ideas, and Impact Programme – aimed at those who are ready to grow and scale their existing projects, until midnight on Tuesday, 7th April. Interested candidates can apply or find out more at