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€420,000 Offered To Social Entrepreneurs

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) has launched its tenth annual competition for the best ideas to tackle social and environmental problems.

Some €420,000 in funding will be provided to nine social entrepreneurs via the competition, while a further €180,000 worth of support will also be made available to successful applicants.

Sean Coughlan, chief executive of SEI, says that a new departure for the awards will take place this year. “We are keen to attract entries and ideas from across Ireland, so for the first time, we are taking a roadshow around the country to tell people more about the work that we do and how SEI can support their idea or project. Over the next month, the roadshow will visit Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Longford and Belfast.”

In each of the locations, an SEI team will be meeting with local projects to get a snapshot of the type of social entrepreneur-led organisations in operation around the country. They will also be holding information evenings in each location to introduce the awards programme to local social entrepreneurs, and to answer any questions people might have about the 2014 application process.”

Irish headquartered international company DCC plc, who has sponsored the awards ceremony for the last four years, are continuing with this sponsorship again this year. Says DCC CEO, Tommy Breen: “It is a great privilege to play a role in supporting Ireland's brightest and most ambitious entrepreneurs working to have a positive impact on our society.”

The closing date for entries to the 2014 competition is 5pm on Monday, April 28. Following a multi-stage review process, the winning nominees will be announced at a ceremony in November 2014. For an application form and more information about the roadshow, visit (31/03/14)

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