Have you taken the first step in your social entrepreneur journey and completed the Ideas Academy? Are you ready to put your idea into action?


The Action Lab was designed to cater to the emerging need SEI was saw amongst social entrepreneurs in the piloting amd early rollout phases of developing their organisations. 

Our goal for this three-month programme is to help social entrepreneurs develop as leaders, while offering direction on key challenges as they build the foundations of their organisation. We do this through consultation, workshopping and by maximising the expertise available within our network to help each participant progress towards achieving tangible impact. 

Training & Support

The programme will facilitate monthly group workshops where participants focus on areas such as strategy, vision and mission, marketing, fundraising and communications.

The 2023 Action Lab will connect participants with industry experts within the SEI community. These community connections will be based on key focus areas tailored to the need of each participant.

Peer Support

A key element of the Action Lab is the peer learning group. The purpose of this group is to encourage collaboration, share insights, and offer peer support outside of the workshops and SEI mentorship. At the end of the programme, participants will be invited to join SEI’s Community Programme for a period of one year post-programme.

Funding Available

Each project on the Action Lab receives a bursary of €3,000 to support their involvement in the programme. At the end of the Action Lab, the participants also have the opportunity to apply to pitch for a portion of funding from a total pot of €21,000.

Important Information & Announcements

  • The selection process for the 2023 programme has been completed.
  • SEI will confirm details of the 2024 Action Lab in September 2023

Who is it for?

Ideas Academy Alumni

What we offer

Group Training in Solution Design, Fundraising, Vision & Mission, and Communications
Community Connections & Mentorship
Peer Support
Community Programme Membership for one year post-programme
Seed Funding Opportunity

Key Dates


Upcoming Callout:

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Information Sessions:

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Application closing date:

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Recent Events & Information

Action Lab 2023

Meet the eight social entrepreneurs on this year’s Action Lab!

Meet the 2023 Action Lab participants
Seven social entrepreneur led projects and organisations
€21,000 in funding made available through bursary and seed funding

Who is eligible?

Only social entrepreneurs who have completed the Ideas Academy are eligible for the Action Lab. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland carried out an internal selection process for the 2023 programme which is now complete. Details regarding the 2024 programme will be finalised in Autumn 2023.

TomarTrust (1)

The Action Lab is kindly supported by Tomar Trust

The Action Lab is kindly supported by the eBay Foundation

The Action Lab Seed Fund is kindly supported by RBC Brewin Dolphin

Our other STEP programmes

Spark Programme

Providing the spark to set early-stage ideas alight

Ideas Academy

Supporting budding social entrepreneurs to move from idea to action