Four make the short­list for So­cial En­tre­pre­neur Awards

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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