We support people all across Ireland with ideas to solve social problems. Here’s how.

Investment

We provide funding to social entrepreneurs to help them to take their solution to a social problem to the next level.

Support

We deliver targeted support to social entrepreneurs, helping them to build strong foundations and drive lasting social change.

Community

We connect Ireland’s leading business people and experts with social entrepreneurs to help them achieve maximum social impact.

1.8

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

We’re committed to helping

high potential social

entrepreneurs develop and

scale their impact.

Meet some of the people

we have supported.

Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien
FoodCloud

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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Tracy Keogh,
Grow Remote

Grow Remote is a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to enable everyone to have the opportunity to work, live and participate locally.

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Rosemary Kunene,
Dignity Partnership

Dignity Partnership is a social enterprise that aims at promoting self-employment and providing supports for people who are or have been in the Direct Provision System in Ireland.

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Adam Harris,
AsIAm

AsIAm is Ireland's national Autism charity and advocacy organisation working to deliver real inclusion and understanding for all.

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We support social entrepreneurs directly through our dedicated team and through our network of supporters and advisors. 

We support social entrepreneurs directly through our dedicated team and through our network of supporters and advisors. 

Caroline Keeling

CEO, Keelings

Tommy Breen

Former CEO of DCC plc

Alison Cowzer

Entrepreneur and SEI Supporter

Stories from
around the country

Stories from
around the country

“Food waste is one of the biggest problems facing the world today. One third of all food produced globally is wasted, contributing to 8% of all Greenhouse gases. In Ireland, we waste 1 million tonnes of food every year  with the food service sector responsible for approx. 250,000 tonnes of food waste, costing €300 million to the industry per annum and resulting in 875,000 tonnes of CO2.

Together we have worked with some of the largest food retailers, across three continents, rolling out food waste reduction initiatives. Helping to prevent thousands of kilos of food from reaching landfill. However, we kept noticing that the food service industry and more specifically, hotels, did not have a suitable solution for their industry. So we wanted to create one for them. After many months of research and many iterations on our tech we created our food waste scanner. Our vision is to bring effective food waste monitoring to kitchens across the world to reduce their food waste and make a positive impact on the planet.  Being part of the SEI community and the support it provides is momentous for us.”

Aisling Kirwan and Mark Kirwan, Founders of Positive Carbon & Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardees 2021. 

“Sadly an average of 30,000 people die in Ireland each year, resulting in approximately 300,000 bereaved individuals. Since Covid, this number has increased, and people have had to face additional barriers and pain cause by grief by not being able to have their support network/community around them due to lockdowns and restrictions. Most individuals are not prepared for the physical, emotional, financial and social consequences of grief. These figures do not include other losses that result in a grief experience such as miscarriage, divorce, health- diagnosis and pet-loss, to name but a few.

In my private grief practice, I see people whose lives can be literally destroyed by grief because they don’t understand it and were never prepared for it; this does not need to be the case. I feel so passionately about educating people around grief and loss so that we can become a kinder society more open to tender conversations. The support of SEI feels like the hand on my back needed to keep moving Shapes of Grief forward with momentum so that we can keep making a difference and ensure that nobody experiencing grief falls through the cracks. “

Liz Gleeson, Founder of Shapes of Grief & Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee 2021. 

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