Social entrepreneurs are society’s problem solvers. They are people with courage, insight and ambition to put forward a solution to a social problem, and act on it. Broader than social enterprise, we see social entrepreneurs as people who are driving new approaches to solving social problems, regardless of the business model being used. Social entrepreneurs are mission driven rather than profit driven.
Our upcoming supports
Applications for our 2023 supports are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.
We recognise that the journey for many social entrepreneurs is unclear, risky and lonely – both when starting out, and when trying to scale. Our mission is to find people with solutions to social problems and support them on every step of the journey. We do this through our programmes, direct funding, and our incredible community of alumni, funders, and sector leaders.
Drawing on our 17 years of experience of walking the journey with social entrepreneurs, we’ve created this toolkit to help you take the first steps from idea to action.
In the seven sections, we take you from the ideation and research stage through to piloting and sharing your story. We have also tried to demystify the technical and legal elements around setting up an organisation whose mission is to solve a social problem.
We know that the first step of the journey is often the hardest one to take. We support social entrepreneurs from idea stage through to pilot stage, and beyond. If you are looking to take the first step, check out our Spark Toolkit and our Ideas Academy programme.
We also run a follow up programme, the Action Lab, for graduates of the Ideas Academy to support them as they pilot their solution.
When a social entrepreneur has taken the first steps, the following stage often requires a leap of faith. We support social entrepreneurs to take their organisation to the next stage.
If you have piloted and tested your solution and are looking for support to help you grow your impact, find out more information about our Impact Programme here.
Changing Ireland Accelerator
For social entrepreneurs who have developed a scalable model, we help them to develop themselves and their organisations to deliver impact at scale through bespoke financial and non-financial supports. Our Scale Partnerships programme provides bespoke support and investment to social entrepreneurs who have completed a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland programme and are ready to receive further funding and development support to scale and grow their impact.
Wrapped around every stage of the journey is the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland community of alumni and supporters. Social entrepreneurs who have completed a Leap or Soar stage programme are invited to join our Community Programme where they can access further supports, training, and networking opportunities. Action Lab participants are also invited to take part in our Community Programme for a period of one year following the end of the programme.