Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s €500,000 Accelerator Programme

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Each awardee can get funding of up to €20,000. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has invited proposals for the next cohort of grantees for its 2024 Impact Programme.

The firm, which has a track record of accelerating social entrepreneur-led organisations, is giving five places on a curriculum designed to help high-potential social entrepreneurs generate long-term change in Ireland. Successful participants will be supported in continuing to deliver their solutions, increasing their confidence and resilience as a leader, strengthening their organisation, establishing and deepening relationships with other key stakeholders, and beginning to consider their role and potential to contribute to the process of transforming the cultural, institutional, or political systems that underpin their problem.

It is aimed to bring together people at comparable stages and with similar requirements in structured group sessions, enabling learning from both experienced mentors and sector specialists. Monthly individual support sessions guarantee that each social entrepreneur’s requirements are addressed, allowing for tailored interventions throughout the curriculum. Each awardee will get €20,000 in financing, as well as assistance in obtaining further funding through Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s network of sponsors.

Aisling and Mark Kirwan, previous Impact Programme recipients, co-founded Positive Carbon, which provides completely automated food waste monitoring to commercial kitchens across Ireland. They received €20,000 in unrestricted money, as well as nine months of personalized supervision.

Positive Carbon operates countrywide, collaborating with some of Ireland’s leading food service providers, including KC Peaches and Aramark, as well as Dalata’s Clayton Hotels and Irish Universities.

Aisling describes the support they received from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland as follows: “The Impact Programme was one of the most positive experiences we had as a young company.” The assistance from the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland staff and the other participants was vital to us.” In November 2023, the co-founders announced that they had acquired $2.3 million in seed funding to assist address the growing problem of food waste.

In response to the national call for applications, Tim Griffiths, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, stated: “Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and our dynamic community of supporters are determined to provide support and help accelerate the pace of social change in Ireland.” We feel that social entrepreneurs are critical to making this happen, and I would encourage anyone looking to expand their influence to apply for the 2024 influence Programme.”

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