As we face unprecedented and continuous change in our society due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we know many more people want to solve social problems in their communities, but the first step is often the hardest one to take. The SEI Spark Programme is designed to make social entrepreneurship accessible to people from all backgrounds, with a particular focus on people from under-represented and marginalised communities.


Through learning, engagement and funding opportunities, we hope to provide the initial spark that will set some amazing ideas alight. The Spark programme for 2021 is now complete. Sign up to our newsletter to hear more about our 2022 events!

Who is it for?

For very early stage social entrepreneurs

What we offer

Spark Sessions
Spark Toolkit
Spark Bursaries

Download our Spark Toolkit: a how-to guide for early-stage social entrepreneurs

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Spark Toolkit

The SEI Spark toolkit has been created by the SEI team to offer practical advice and support to anyone, from any background, with an idea or passion to solve a social problem to enable them to spark positive change.

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.


Fill out your details below to gain instant, free access to the toolkit.



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2021 Spark Session

We’re delighted to be able to share a recording of our 2021 Spark Session. The aim of the event was to demystify what it is to be a social entrepreneur, inspire attendees to take action and show how SEI can support you on your journey.

The Spark Programme 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)

Lead Sponsor
The Spark programme 2020/2021 was kindly supported by the eBay Foundation