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, support, and peer mentorship in key areas of importance to idea-stage social entrepreneurs such as how to develop your idea, pilot it, and set up your project. Taking place over four learning days from June to September 2020, the Ideas Academy will help you to take those first steps to move from idea to action.
Deadline for application extended to 12 noon on Tuesday, 14th April.
In 2020 the Ideas Academy will take place in Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Together with a small group of fellow innovators, you will receive:
Training & SupportOver four core learning days you will receive 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.
Funding opportunityThe opportunity to apply for additional support and funding following the Ideas Academy to help you with the pilot and test phase of the development of 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.