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News Archive for February, 2014

Ashoka Social and Business Co Creation Competition open for entries

Posted by on February 21, 2014

Ashoka Social and Business Co Creation Competition open for entries

The Ashoka Social & Business Co Creation Competition is open for entries.

Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact, Call for the most innovative Social & Business co-creation projects in Europe!

Ashoka, the Zermatt Summit Foundation, Foundation Guilé, DPD and Boehringer Ingelheim are launching an online collaborative competition, Social & Business Co-Creation: collaboration for impact to source, highlight and catalyze innovative Co-Creation projects in Europe led by social-mission organisations (e.g. NGO, association, not-for-profit, foundation, social enterprise), traditional businesses and public institutions. These projects will illustrate new forms of interaction between social and business to create shared social and economic value at scale. Read More

We love Entrepreneurs

Posted by on February 14, 2014

We love Entrepreneurs

Given the day that’s in it we thought it might be a good time to officially declare our love for entrepreneurs.

People often assume that our love affair with entrepreneurs extends only to the social variety. Just last week I met with a prominent Irish journalist to introduce him to the concept of social entrepreneurship. When I told him about my personal interest in the broader entrepreneurship sector in Ireland, he was shocked: “In my experience, people in the social sector dislike entrepreneurship”.

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Irish Social Enterprise Conference

Posted by on February 11, 2014

Irish Social Enterprise ConferenceIrish Social Enterprise Conference, 'Building on International Experience'

Irish Social Enterprise Conference

‘Building on International Experience’


Yesterday saw Social Entrepreneurs from all over Ireland gather in Red Cow Moran Hotel for the first of many events scheduled by ISEN, Irish Social Enterprise Network. The theme was ‘Building on International Experience’. Many of the speakers were from the UK, and spoke about their personal experience of social enterprise there, what worked and where they saw flaws.

The first speaker was Sara Burgess, CIC (Community Interest Company) Regulator; she spoke about how that business model worked in the UK, and how it could be implemented here. Next up was Laurence McBride from Far and Wild, who spoke very passionately about his outdoor adventure company. Chris Gordon then opened the floor to questions, which the panel addressed. Read More

BizWorld Ireland win ‘Emerging Social Entrepreneur’ Category at the David Manley Awards

Posted by on February 4, 2014

BizWorld Ireland win ‘Emerging Social Entrepreneur’ Category at the David Manley AwardsFiona McKeon of BizWorld Ireland with Darren Ryan from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Congratulations to Fiona McKeon and all the team at BizWorld Ireland who won the ‘Emerging Social Entrepreneur’ Category at the David Manley Awards last week.

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