Above: Dr Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray, Finalist in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards 2018
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has announced the 17 finalists for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards 2018, supported by DCC plc.
Of the seventeen, up to eight will go on to receive an initial €200,000 in funding and support for their projects for social change with potential for further investment and development opportunities.
Dr Tara Shine and Madeleine Murray, from Kinsale have been announced as a finalist for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards programme for their project, Change by Degrees.
Change by Degrees is a social enterprise that provides information, solutions and advice tailored to the needs of different stakeholder in the community with the aim of making sustainability convenient. Start with plastics as a gateway issue, they are educating and empowering people, communities and businesses to avoid single use plastics, to increase plastic recycling and to adopt sustainable alternatives, in order to improve well-being, reduce costs and protect the Irish environment.
On reaching the finalist stages of the competition they said, “We are thrilled to be selected for the SEI Awards programme, which offers the mentoring, advice and funding we need to grow a movement on sustainability that creates positive, empowering and disruptive change in the way we live our lives and do business.”
Change By Degrees and the sixteen other applicants now enter the final stages of the selection process, having pitched their projects to panels of judges in the hope of winning a place on the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards programme. The highly competitive programme offers critical funding and mentorship opportunities to high-potential social entrepreneurs to enable them to scale the impact of their projects.
The seventeen finalists have come through a rigorous process with 102 applicants competing for eight places on the programme.
Announcing the Finalists Social Entrepreneurs Ireland CEO Darren Ryan said: “We have been very impressed by the calibre of applications we have received this year and we would like to congratulate the finalists for reaching this point in the process. We look forward to working closely with the 2018 Awardees to scale the impact of their projects in Ireland.”
DCC plc, the international sales, marketing and support services group, is the flagship supporter of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards. Speaking of DCC’s partnership with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Donal Murphy, CEO of DCC plc, said:
“We take great pride in our role as flagship sponsor of the annual Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards. DCC has backed commercially focused entrepreneurship for more than 40 years and we equally believe in the creativity and passion of Irish social entrepreneurs to make a significant contribution to solving our greatest challenges as a society.”
The Award winners will be announced at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards Ceremony in the Mansion House on October 9, 2018.