Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is proud to partner with Guinness in the launch of a new cultural initiative called the Arthur Guinness Projects – an initiative which sets out to invest in Ireland’s creators, visionaries and innovators across four areas of creativity and culture: Music, Sport, Arts and Food.
The Arthur Guinness Projects will invest €3 million in people over the next three years through a funding, mentoring and promotional support programme, with up to 20 projects benefiting annually.
The Arthur Guinness Projects Panel has been created to choose the overall winning projects, but also to provide mentoring and support to the overall winners. Comprised of 16 experts, four within each category, the panel will be spearheaded by world-renowned Irish band, The Script, food guru, Dylan McGrath, Donegal inter-county manager and sports consultant, Jim McGuinness and celebrated Irish actor, Chris O’ Dowd.
The general public will vote online for the projects that they would most like to see come to life during the application period and up until the 23rd August, 2013. The top 10% of applications in each category, as voted by the public, will be reviewed by the Arthur Guinness Projects Panel who will then choose the overall winning projects. Additionally, there will be a wild card element to the process. The Arthur Guinness Projects panel can choose from the pool of projects that did not make the top 10% in their respective categories, and award up to four wild card projects.
In determining successful applicants, the expert panel will be looking for projects that will inspire everyone across the island of Ireland; those that deliver on innovation, creativity, achievability, as well as cultural and social good.
More information on this initiative, and full details on how to apply, can be found at www.arthurguinnessprojects.com
Those who knew David Manley could not fail to be impressed by his vision, dynamism and courteousness – a man who got his priorities right and covered an astonishing range of ground in both his business and private interests. Following his passing in 2002, a group of friends and colleagues, with the help of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin Business Innovation Centre, Business to Arts and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, decided to honour David’s work and retain the admirable way in which he inspired others during his life.
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is delighted once again to partner with the David Manley Awards – established to nurture Ireland’s entrepreneurial spirit in the business, arts and social spheres. To date, the David Manley Awards have provided almost €1 million in support to high-potential emerging entrepreneurs.
The overall winner of the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards will receive €100,000 in mentoring and support, plus a €10,000 cash prize. Each category winner will also receive €1,000 in cash. In addition, each of the nine shortlisted entrepreneurs (three from the arts, business and social categories) will also receive free payroll and accounts software, and mentoring support from Enterprise Ireland’s Mentor Network.
If your organisation is operating in the business, arts or social spheres, and has been in operation for between one and three years, check out http://www.davidmanleyawards.ie for further details. The deadline for applications to their 2014 awards is Friday 6th September 2013.
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