We’re always excited when we welcome new members into the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland family. It’s exactly how we felt when we first met John Evoy, who brought Men’s Sheds to Ireland, Iseult and Aoibheann from FoodCloud and Michael Kelly from Grow It Yourself, to name but three.

211

social entrepreneurs supported so far

Featured Alumni

All of our work in Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is focussed on developing high potential social entrepreneurs. Here is your chance to meet some of our previous award winners since we started in 2004.

Iseult Ward & Aoibheann O’Brien

FoodCloud makes the redistribution of surplus food as easy as possible, matching businesses with too much food, with charities in their community that have too little, tackling food waste and food poverty in the process.

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John Evoy

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association was established with the purpose of supporting the development and sustainability of Men’s Sheds on the island of Ireland, advancing the health and well-being of all its members.

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Michael Kelly

GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland is on a mission to encourage people from all walks of life and of all ages to grow their own food and to provide them with the practical skills they need to do so successfully.

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6.77

million euro direct funding to social entrepreneurs’ projects

Curent Awardees

Our new Awardees have each identified a social issue in
our society that needs to be addressed. And they’ve
come up with ideas that have the potential to do just
that. But an idea without investment is just an idea.
These social entrepreneurs have given us a glimpse into
the future. Together we can build it.

Stephanie O’Malley,

Education DESTY

Stephanie O’Malley,

Education DESTY

Education DESTY is an evidence-based emotional wellbeing programme, where educators are trained to help children with additional emotional needs.

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Hugh Brennan,

Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance

Hugh Brennan,

Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance

Ó’Cualann Cohousing Alliance makes home a reality for people who could not otherwise afford it.

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Colin Healy & James Lyons,

Sailing into Wellness

Colin Healy & James Lyons,

Sailing into Wellness

Sailing into Wellness provides an opportunity for vulnerable groups to experience a completely new environment, on the open sea.

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Alice D’Arcy & Grainne Bagnall,

STEAM Education

Alice D’Arcy & Grainne Bagnall,

STEAM Education

STEAM Education develops fun, activity-based programmes in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths to complement and enhance the primary school curricula.

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Duncan Walker,

The Green Kitchen Café & Garden Centre

Duncan Walker,

The Green Kitchen Café & Garden Centre

The Green Kitchen Café & Garden Centre gives people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to fulfil their employment and career aspirations.

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Niall O’Brien,

The Grow Dome Project

Niall O’Brien,

The Grow Dome Project

The Grow Dome Project turns wastelands into a community resource by creating a garden with a geodesic dome that supports hydroponics – the growing of plants without soil.

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Tammy Darcy,

The Shona Project

Tammy Darcy,

The Shona Project

The Shona Project supports girls with the challenges they face today, by nurturing their self-esteem and educating, empowering, and inspiring them to embrace their abilities.

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1.7

million lives directly impacted by social entrepreneurs we’ve supported to date

Ones To Watch

We’re sparking a new generation of social
entrepreneurs. Here’ are some we think you should
keep an eye on.

Cycling Without Age

Cycling Without Age is based on a worldwide initiative that gives
nursing home residents an opportunity to have a safe, slow
bicycle ride through their neighbourhoods and locality.

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Cycling Without Age is based on a worldwide initiative that gives
nursing home residents an opportunity to have a safe, slow
bicycle ride through their neighbourhoods and locality.

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WaytoB

A new software solution that helps people with
intellectual disabilities navigate independently

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A new software solution that helps people with
intellectual disabilities navigate independently

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Talk2MeMore

Talk2MeMore is a software solution which aims to narrow the ‘word
gap’ for children of varying socio-economic backgrounds,
ensuring they receive a recommended daily exposure to words and content.

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Talk2MeMore is a software solution which aims to narrow the ‘word
gap’ for children of varying socio-economic backgrounds,
ensuring they receive a recommended daily exposure to words and content.

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1,345

people currently employed through social entrepreneurs’ projects