Want to help solve social problems?

by Emma Nolan

A NATIONAL competition which is looking for ideas to solve social problems by ambitious thinkers has just launched.

“Don’t let a good idea go to waste” is the call from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland which seeks the most innovative ideas and energetic entrepreneurs to solve social problems in Ireland.

Speaking at the launch of the competition, Darren Ryan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland said: “We support people who have an entrepreneurial drive, people who think big and have the ambition and energy to see their ideas realised, so that the social problem they are tackling may one day be a thing of the past.

“If you have an idea or project to make a positive impact, apply to us. If we believe in it, we’ll back you.”

Previous winners include Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien who had the idea for FoodCloud – an app that connects shops with too much food with charities who need it; John Evoy who had the idea for the Irish Men’s Sheds Association and Dara Connolly with the idea for ReCreate which takes unwanted materials from businesses and turns them into art materials for schools and families that couldn’t afford them.

The eight award winners will join Ireland’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. As well as an immediate 10,000 euro in unrestricted funding, they will receive a place on an accelerator programme worth €15,000, with access to over 150 pro-bono supporters, coaches and mentors.

The call is for people with early-stage ideas right through to people who are ready to grow and scale their existing organisations, to apply at socialentrepreneurs.ie. Applications close on March 29.

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