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Finalists Announced in 2013 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards

The eight finalists in the 2013 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) Awards, have just been announced. The Awards celebrate and support Ireland’s brightest and most ambitious entrepreneurs with game changing ideas to solve the social problems facing Ireland.
The finalists are; John Evoy of Irish Men’s Sheds Association, Krystian Fikert of MyMind, Natasha & Toby Haslam Hopwood of The Galtee Clinic, Peter Johnson of Jobnet, Graham Jones of Solas Project, John Kearney of Irish Community Rapid Response, Brian McCormick of Adtruism and Mags Mullarney of Move4Parkinson’s.
Each of the eight social entrepreneurs head young organisations that are employing innovative approaches to help effectuate major social change in Ireland in areas as diverse as healthcare, local emergency services, unemployment, charity fundraising, the children’s care system and the prison and probation system.
The finalists will now embark upon a three month programme of support and evaluation, designed to help them to clearly define the problem they are trying to address and refine their solution. They will receive in depth support and professional consultation before the announcement of the 2013 Award winners in October. Three Social Entrepreneurs will be awarded the top level “Impact Award” and €130,000 in direct funding with over €70,000 worth of support over two years. A further five will receive the “Elevator Award” and €22,000 in direct funding with over €10,000 worth of support over one year.
Over the last seven years SEI has supported 161 social entrepreneurs, investing €4.9 million in their projects, and provided significant additional supports. These in turn have directly impacted over 200,000 people across Ireland and created over 800 employment opportunities in the process.

The shortlisted social entrepreneurs epitomise the spirit of the Irish people, who are stepping up and taking action to make Ireland a better place. The 2013 finalists have been chosen from over 200 applicants.
At the announcement of the finalists, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s CEO Seán Coughlan said:
“There is no denying that Ireland is in need of profound change, but the huge number of quality applications we received for the SEI Awards gives us firm hope that there is a vibrant and growing community of social entrepreneurs in our country coming up with brilliant ideas for social change and working tirelessly to put those ideas into action.
For 2013 we have eight finalists that have huge potential to make a positive impact to Irish society and we aim to help them quickly scale and grow their organisations so their important work impacts as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. We look forward to playing a role in helping them reach their full potential and make a profound impact on Irish society.”
PEI became involved with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in 2013 as part of its “Project for Good” campaign – in its efforts to support a really worthwhile cause, but which potentially all employees could support or participate in. PEI has committed to working with SEI for a three year period.