Are you one of Ireland’s highest-potential social
entrepreneurs? Do you have what it takes to make real
change across the country?

This nine-month accelerator programme will provide you with specialised support to help
you to bring your project to the next level, with a view to becoming a highly impactful,
effective, scalable, and sustainable organisation. As an Awards winner, your project will
receive support and direct funding worth over €25,000, and you will join Ireland's largest
network of social entrepreneurs working across the country to solve Ireland’s social
problems quickly and effectively.

The Awards Programme

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“This year has seen bigger personal improvements than
any other in my lifetime”

Stephen Cluskey

Mobility Mojo – Awardee 2017

Up to eight social entrepreneurs will be selected to
participate in the Awards Programme, receiving training
and support, access to a powerful network and direct

Training & Support

The Awards Programme delivers one-to-one and group training, in areas such as leadership development, communications, governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and resilience.


As members of Ireland’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, Awardees receive support and mentorship from a large number of extremely experienced social entrepreneurs currently driving social change across the country, along with Ireland’s leading business experts.


Awardees receive direct unrestricted funding of €10,000 to support them to build strong foundations for their organisations and grow their impact.

Previous participants have included:

Alex Cooney & Cliona Curley
Awardee 2017
Since participating in the SEI Awards Programme, CyberSafeIreland have reached 4,893 children and
1,124 parents through school and workplace training.
93% of children reached now feel more confident about
being online, while 93% of parents are more confident
about applying the knowledge they have learned at


Children today are growing up in a connected world and are fluent in the use of technology in a way that most of their parents never will be. They are not, however, equipped with the skills that they need to navigate the online world safely and responsibly. We need to mitigate against risks such as loss of personal data, cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate content and, online grooming and extortion.


CyberSafeIreland believes that the solution lies in education and our focus is on reaching children in primary schools aged between 8 and 13, when they are first starting to use smartphones and tablets more independently. Our classes are interactive and fun and we engage the children in discussions on important topics such as peer pressure and what it means to be an “upstander.” We target parents too, because it is essential that they are engaging in their children’s online lives.


In 2016, we won a place on the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards programme which has made an enormous difference to our organisation, particularly in terms of developing our strategy and building good communications but also in terms of raising our profile, which in turn, allows us to reach a much wider audience. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland helped us to “think big”: we’ve engaged over 8,500 children to date but our aim over the next 5 years is to reach at least 200,000.

“We won’t rest until we have national solutions to this
growing problem and the support of Social
Entrepreneurs Ireland has meant we’re one step closer
to doing just that.”

Alex Cooney

CEO and co-founder of CyberSafeIreland

Please read The Awards Programme Applicant Guide to ensure you fully understand how the selection process works, the eligibility criteria, what to expect from the programme, and the time commitment involved.
Download Applicant Guide
Think Big.
Act Now.
Change Ireland.