From CEAI: https://communityenterprise.ie/champion-changemakers/
CEAI is supporting a number of its member locations to host ‘hackathon’ type events later this year, bringing local communities together to solve real world, everyday societal or economic challenges in ways that will positively impact our ever-changing world.
Hosted as Champion ChangemakersTM, individuals of all ages as well as local groups, special interest organisations, societies and networks are invited to take part in these weekends across a number of locations from September 23rd – 25th next.
During the weekend, ideas generated and agreed on as offering opportunities to be transformed into viable products or services will be concept-tested, validated and developed out for commercial suitability, possibly even leading to the setting up of sustainable non-profit business.
Individuals, community organisations, networks or special interest groups are all encouraged to take part. There is no charge for participating and you simply register your interest for your preferred location here.
Ideas will be classified under one of three key themes which are all encompassing:
- Environment and Climate Action
- Economic Inequality
- Human Wellbeing.
Teams will be shortlisted to participate in a national event with ideas considered to be viable and offering a real social enterprise opportunity judged at a national pitching session on October 20th, hosted at the Innovate Communities Social Innovation Hub, Dublin 11.
The chosen overall winning team will benefit from a bursary of supports to set them on their founder journey towards the establishment of a sustainable, successful and impact-driven social enterprise.
Social Enterprises take an idea for a new product or service which will solve a need or a challenge in a community or wider society and transform that idea into a business model that offers commercial sustainability. In other words ‘Profit with a Purpose’!
The purpose of the Champion ChangemakersTM weekends is to promote the role of social enterprise in local communities. Individuals will not need to have any experience of business or social enterprise, but will be driven by a passion to make a real difference in their own communities and beyond.
At CEAI, we are committed to supporting our members engage with their local communities. The Champion ChangemakersTM events across the country will offer a real opportunity for our members – themselves social enterprises – to support the creation of new social enterprises in their own localities.
The growth in numbers of social enterprises across Ireland has become particularly noticeable in the last decade with some of the more well-known business names including:
- Thriftify a web platform that allows charities to offer second-hand items for sale online
- Food Cloud connecting businesses that have surplus food with charities and community groups that need it thereby combatting food waste in Ireland
- Seed Scholars providing curriculum-based outdoor environmental education to students so as to offer young people the opportunity to connect with nature
- GIY Ireland helping and educating people to become more sustainable by growing some of their own food with the goal to rebuild a sustainable food system
- The Shona Project celebrating women from all over the world by providing a platform for young women to celebrate achievements, ask for advice and share their own stories.