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 designed for high potential social entrepreneurs who have completed the Ideas Academy and aims to support them through the pilot stage as they build solid foundations, and to bridge the gap between our Ideas Academy and Impact Programme.

This 5 month programme is designed to support social entrepreneurs to increase their knowledge of social business models, funding, governance, marketing, and communications. 10 social entrepreneur-led projects were selected for the 2021/2022 programme and will receive:

Training & Support

Participants on the programme attend group training sessions in areas such as solution design, fundraising, governance, and communications. One-to-one consultancy and support from the SEI team is also available. 

Peer Support

All participants on the programme will be assigned to a peer learning group. The purpose of these groups is to encourage collaboration, share insights, and offer peer support. 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 €15,000.

Important Information & Announcements

  • The selection process for the 2021/22 programme has been completed.
  • SEI will confirm details for the selection process of the 2022/23 in Autum 2022.

Who is it for?

Ideas Academy Alumni

What we offer

Group Training in Solution Design, Fundraising, Governance, and Communications
SEI Consultancy & Advice
Peer Support
Community Programme Membership for one year post-programme
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

In 2020, SEI piloted the Action Lab, a 4-month programme to support 13 early-stage social entrepreneurs and organisations testing and piloting their solution to a social problem. Watch the video to learn more about the programme and to hear from our participants!

10 social entrepreneur led projects and organisations
€45,000 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 2021/22 programme which is now complete. Details regarding the 2022/23 programme will be finalised in Autumn 2022.

Lead Sponsor
The Action Lab is kindly supported by the Lifes2good Foundation

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