Application Deadline is fast approaching – 5p.m. 20th April!

The Awards Programme seeks to support social entrepreneur-led projects that address a societal challenge in a new or better way. Projects that apply to the Awards must be mission driven, effective and have the potential to scale their impact.

What that means in more detail:

SEI are looking to support social entrepreneur-led projects… The person applying must be the main driver and lead decision maker with a project already up and running. They should act in an entrepreneurial manner and be open to learning and developing themselves through the Awards Programme.

A societal challenge… There are a lot of problems and issues to be addressed in Ireland so SEI are looking for social entrepreneurs who can clearly demonstrate why the issue they are addressing is of particular importance. The challenge that their project is addressing can be either social or environmental.

A new or better way… The people SEI support don’t simply replicate what is already being provided but instead seek to approach issues from a different angle, improving on what is already being done or introducing a completely new solution altogether. They should be able to clearly articulate what makes their solution unique.

Mission driven, effective… All applicants should be leading projects that are primarily focused on the mission of solving a social or environmental problem. They should be able to provide evidence that what they do actually works in addressing the problem they have identified, proving that it has a positive impact.

Potential to scale their impact… Social entrepreneurs always think big, ultimately looking to change the way the issue they are addressing is dealt with in Ireland. Having the desire and potential to scale is a vital aspect of the review process. Scaling impact can be achieved in various ways, for example scaling the reach of the organisation (geographic, demographic etc.), scaling breadth or depth, or providing a model that can be replicated.

Call for applications is still open. For full criteria on eligibility and the application process see