Do you have an innovative idea to solve a social problem? Are you ambitious, entrepreneurial, and passionate about social change?
Supporting budding social entrepreneurs to move from idea to action
This three-month programme will provide you with the support and direction you need to help you to kick-start your idea and take the next steps to start tackling the problem.
Participants on the Ideas Academy are supported to clearly articulate,
refine and progress their solution, to build skills and accelerate learning in core areas of importance to social entrepreneurs, and to move from idea to action.
We have 45 places available on our 2022 programme which will be made up of 15 social entrepreneur-led projects across three groups.
The programme will be delivered remotely. If Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland allow for it, we will consider holding an in-person session towards the end of the programme if it is safe and appropriate to do so, but this will be communicated with participants on the programme.
Together will a small community of fellow innovators, participants on the Ideas Academy will receive:
Training & Support
Over several core learning days, you will be supported to deepen your understanding of the problem you’ve identified, refine your solution, and develop an action plan to pilot your idea post-programme.
Peer Support & Networking Opportunities
We know that that it can be lonely being a social entrepreneur. On the Ideas Academy you will receive peer support and access to networking opportunities to help build your confidence and network, and gain insight into the social entrepreneur journey.
Each project selected for the Ideas Academy programme will also receive a bursary of €400.
At the end of the programme all participants will have the opportunity to apply to pitch for a portion of funding to further pilot your idea.
We have a total pot of €40,000 in seed funding available.
Important Information & Announcements
- Applications to the Ideas Academy open once per year
- Applications for the 2022 programme are now closed. We will open for applications for our 2023 programme in Spring 2023
More information about the Ideas Academy can be found in the Application Guide, including eligibility criteria, key dates, and FAQs.
Who is eligible?
The Ideas Academy is for everybody
We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and we are committed to providing equal opportunities regardless of gender identity, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or religion. (The Equal Status Acts 2000-2018)