Are you eager to take action and create change, but unsure how to get started?

As we face unprecedented and continuous change in our society due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we know many more people want to solve social problems in their communities, but the first step is often the hardest one to take. The SEI spark programme is designed to make social entrepreneurship accessible to people from all backgrounds, with a particular focus on people from under-represented and marginalised communities.

Through learning, engagement and funding opportunities, we hope to provide the initial spark that will set some amazing ideas alight.

Spark Sessions for new and emerging communities

Our Spark Sessions aim to inspire, inform, and increase awareness of social entrepreneurship in under-represented and marginalised communities in Ireland, all with the aim of giving people the tools to bring their own ideas for solving social problems to life.

Are you a member of a new and emerging community in Ireland? Do you want to solve a social problem? Join Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and HerGenuityAfrika on the 20th or 27th of October for a free online Spark Session! Register here.

Learn more about social entrepreneurship, what makes you a social entrepreneur, and how we can support you to achieve your goals.

Spark speed networking session

Want to solve a social problem but aren’t really sure how to go about it? Meet a partner (or two) who can go on the journey with you!
Register for this FREE in-person event to meet early-stage social entrepreneurs just like you and find out more about how Social Entrepreneurs Ireland can support you! This event is aimed at very early-stage social entrepreneurs who are looking to get started on solving a social problem.


What to expect on the night:

  • An introduction to SEI and social entrepreneurship
  • Speed networking activities
  • Opportunities to mingle with like-minded people
  • The chance to hear from an accomplished social entrepreneur
  • Free food and refreshments
  • More information on how SEI can support you with moving your idea forward
  • A chance to ask us any questions you might have

Spark Bursaries

SEI is making €8000 available in funding! 32 amounts of €250 are being made available to social entrepreneurs just like you with early-stage ideas.

Everybody is welcome to apply, but we are particularly encouraging applications from people from marginalised and under-represented backgrounds and communities.

Applications for bursaries are open from 18th October – 12th November.



Our funders

The Spark Programme 2021 is kindly supported by the eBay Foundation.

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