Are you a social entrepreneur with an innovative solution to a social problem? Do you need funding and support to take it to the next stage?

Through this eleven-month accelerator programme, we support Ireland’s highest potential social entrepreneurs to build strong foundations and a plan for growing their impact.

With group and individual support and training in areas like strategy, governance, business modelling, fundraising, communications, and leadership and wellbeing, we help them to bring their organisation to the next stage. We also pair them with highly experienced mentors and coaches and our extensive network of social entrepreneurs to support them on this journey, with a view to becoming a highly impactful, scalable, and sustainable organisation.

Deadline for application extended to 12 noon on Tuesday, 14th April.

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

Eight social entrepreneurs will be selected to
participate in the Impact Programme, receiving training
and support, access to a powerful network and direct
funding:

Training & Support

The Impact Programme delivers one-to-one and group training, in areas such as strategy, governance, business modelling, fundraising, communications, and leadership and wellbeing

Community

As members of Ireland’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, the participants 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.

Funding

Each organisation receive direct unrestricted funding of €20,000 to support them to build strong foundations and grow their impact.

Previous participants have included:

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Alex Cooney & Cliona Curley
CyberSafeIreland
Awardee 2017
Since participating in the SEI Impact Programme, CyberSafeIreland has reached more than 15,000 children and 3,000 parents through school and workplace training. After the session, 94% of parents are more confident about applying the knowledge they have learned at home. CyberSafeIreland develops a range of resources for parents and schools, which it shares through its website and social media channels and gathers data on an on-going basis to map trends and usage as well as to highlight risks.

Problem

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, negative impacts on health and well-being and, online grooming and extortion.

Solution

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 and one of our objectives over the next two years is to launch a National Parents Awareness Campaign and to develop innovative tools and resources for parents and teachers.

Impact

In 2016, we won a place on the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Programme which has made an enormous difference to our organisation, particularly in terms of developing our strategy, building good communications and the helping us to determine the best use of time and resources to achieve meaningful solutions. And we continue to receive their invaluable support though the Scale Partnership Programmes, helping us take our programme to another level. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has helped us to “think big” - we’ve engaged over 15,000 children to date but as part of our three year strategy, we aim to reach out to half a million people.

"We won’t rest until we have national solutions to this growing problem, and with the continued support of SEI through the Scale Partnership Programmes, we are taking significant steps closer to doing just that."

Alex Cooney

CEO and co-founder of CyberSafeIreland

Please read the applicant guide for The Impact Programme to ensure you fully understand how the selection process works, the eligibility criteria, what to expect from the programme, and the time commitment involved.
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