Do you have an innovative idea to solve a social
problem? Are you ambitious, entrepreneurial,
and passionate about social change? This five day
programme, over the course of five months, will provide
you with the support and direction you need to help you
to kick-start your idea and take the next steps.
The Academy, taking place in both Dublin and Galway in 2018, is worth in excess of €5,000 per project. Together with a small group of fellow innovators, you will receive:
Training & SupportTargeted training will accelerate your knowledge in the key foundational areas of leading a social business, such as solution design, financial management, storytelling, leadership and personal resilience.
A Powerful CommunityAs members of Ireland’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, you will have connection to 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.
Pitch for FundingYou will have the opportunity to pitch for seed funding as a way to progress your idea to its next stage of development. Those completing the 2018 Academy programme will have the opportunity to pitch for part of a pot of €20,000.
Academy helped us with both and crystallised our idea.”
With her extensive experience in the disability sector, and personal experience of this issue, Caitriona’s idea was to help people to ‘visit and experience’ a place before actually going there, through visual storyboards and sequential video modelling. She knew that preparation in this way could be the difference between community inclusion or isolation.
Since participating in The Academy, Caitriona is rolling out the first pilot of PrepareMe, with funding won through The Academy and KBC Bright Ideas. She hopes, through this pilot, to make Athenry the first Additional Needs-Friendly town in Ireland, providing people with the confidence they need to take up all of life’s experiences, no matter their needs.