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In order to provide really effective support to social entrepreneurs, we need to run an effective organisation. Below is info about our organisation, how we are run and how we are funded.


Enable high potential social entrepreneurs to maximise their potential impact in addressing social issues across Ireland through a combination of directed support, developing their networks and celebration and communication of their achievements.


Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has three guiding principles:

  • Our most important asset is our social entrepreneurs. They are best positioned to determine their own needs and priorities. Therefore, our activities and inputs will be governed by our network of social entrepreneurs and our aim will be to facilitate rather than direct the development of their projects.
  • We will take a leadership position in promoting social entrepreneurship within Ireland while at the same time acknowledging that we are learning as we go, we do not have all the answers and we are open to advice and constructive criticism from all with an interest in this sector.
  • We will be fully accountable for the effective use of resources given to us.

In addition to the principles outlined above, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland also adheres to the Principles of Good Governance to ensure the highest level of support is provided to our Awardees and other Social Entrepreneurs throughout Ireland and that we are fully accountable for any and all resources expended through this work.

When We Started

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland was founded as a programme of The One Foundation in 2004. In January 2007, in order to allow continued expansion of our activities, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland was setup as an independent organisation.

How We Are Funded

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is funded by private foundations, corporate partners, and individuals. For more information, please visit our Partners page.


Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is a registered company (Company No: 433846) with charitable status (Charity No: 17524). The registered office is Lower Ground Floor, 11/12 Warrington Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. A list of our current Directors can be found above.


Brian MacCraith (Current Acting Chairperson)
President, Dublin City University


Julian Davis

Director at Fleishman Hillard

Teresa Harrington

Former Partner, PwC

Sharon Vard
CEO, Anam Cara

John Duffy

Vice Chairman, KBW

Paul Rellis

Former COO (Operations and Marketing)

Microsoft (Western Europe)

Julie Sinnamon
CEO, Enterprise Ireland

Tommy Breen
CEO, DCC plc

Julian Yarr

Managing Partner, A&L Goodbody


Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Lower Ground Floor, 11/12 Warrington Place, Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 685 3191, Email: info@socialentrepreneurs.ie

Company No: 433846, Registered Charity No: CHY 17524, © SEI 2016

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