Four make the shortlist for Social Entrepreneur Awards
A NUMBER of Co Wicklow social entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the annual Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards Programme.
Over 170 entries have been whittled down to a shortlist of 50, with four of those coming from the Garden County. These were 121digital from Ashford, DabbledooMusic from Roundwood and both Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance and Lakers from Bray.
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is an Irish not-for-profit organisation that supports people with new solutions to Ireland’s biggest social and environmental problems. It believes that the solutions to societal problems will be driven by passionate individuals who adopt an entrepreneurial approach to bringing about change.
Fintan Mulligan at 121digital helps young volunteers to share their digital skills with adults living or working in their community through a one-to-one tutoring approach. Each learner starts from their current level of knowledge to their desired level at their own individual pace.
Shane McKenna and Killian Redmond at DabbledooMusic aim to make music education more accessible, engaging, and fun for teachers and students alike. Through the provision of accessible online resources and workshops for teachers and parents, they encourage creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in the classroom.
Lakers, which was founded to provide those with intellectual disabilities with the opportunity to develop their skills and self-esteem, provides a range of sporting, social, recreational and developmental activities for its members. It also provides a strong, supportive network for the parents and families of its members as they face a number of challenges.
The Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance is a voluntary housing co-operative based on the principle of ‘Building Communities, not just Houses’. Their vision is to create integrated communities by developing mixed income housing communities, where owner members live side by side with tenant members in social or private rented homes, sharing common amenities.
The 50 shortlisted entrepreneurs recently attended a Social Entrepreneurs Bootcamp held in the RDS, where they received expert coaching during workshops and talks designed to further their understanding of fundraising, branding, media and networking. Participants were given 15 minutes to pitch their project to a panel of judges. Following bootcamp, six Impact applicants and twelve Elevator applicants were chosen to proceed to the next stage of the process.
The competition, now in its twelfth year, will be providing €420,000 in direct funding to nine social entrepreneurs while direct support, valued at €180,000, will be made available to successful applicants.
The successful applicants will be announced at a gala ceremony in October.
Fintan Mulligan from 121digital.
Claire Brady from Lakers.