The Ideas Academy is for people who have identified a social problem and have an idea to help solve it.
Participants on this programme receive training and support in key areas of importance to idea-stage social entrepreneurs such as how to develop your idea, pilot it, and set up your project. Over a number of core learning days between June and September 2020, the Ideas Academy will help you to take those first steps to move from idea to action.
We have re-designed the programme in recent weeks to run the programme online and transition to in-person delivery, if and when in-person delivery is possible during the lifespan of the programme.
In 2020 the Ideas Academy will be delivered online with groups in the East, West, and South of Ireland. Together with a small group of fellow innovators, you will receive:
Training & SupportOur core learning days will provide training and support to help you build your knowledge and skills in key foundational areas of leading a social business such as design thinking, solution generation, governance, and piloting. This will help you to more fully interrogate the social problem, refine the solution and model, and give you the skills and knowledge needed to pilot and test your idea.
A Powerful CommunityAs members of Ireland’s largest network of social entrepreneurs and to support you at the early stage of your journey, you will receive peer mentorship and access to networking opportunities. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland consultants will also offer guidance and support to help you move from idea to action.
€40,000 seed fundSocial Entrepreneurs Ireland is delighted to announce the addition of a €40,000 seed fund for our 2020 Ideas Academy programme. Participants will have the opportunity to apply to pitch for a portion of the funding at the end of the programme to invest in their/your idea.
Ideas 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 Ideas Academy, Caitriona is rolling out the first pilot of PrepareMe, with funding won through The Ideas 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.