Start a Social Enterprise Business Course

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Startasocialenterprisebusinesscourse

The Start a Social Enterprise Business Course is a free six-week course that covers the key areas to support you as you start your own successful social enterprise. The course uses specialist training in business skills and social impact, to support your idea to the next step. Apply before the 4th of April.

Hear from our previous participants

“I would absolutely recommend taking part in the Start a Social Enterprise Business Course if you have a great idea for social or environmental change but you’re just not sure what steps to take.”

Mary Fleming, Change Clothes Crumlin

What is a Social Enterprise?

Social enterprises are organisations whose mission is to have a positive effect on society. They generate revenue through their products or services and reinvest their profits back into their social mission. 

Social enterprises are innovating every day by inventing and developing solutions to Ireland’s most pressing social issues. They are creating jobs, supporting members of marginalised communities, and fostering community development. We believe there is a need to champion and invest in these social enterprises to allow them to expand their impact and spread their solutions throughout the country.

What does the course offer?

The Start a Social Enterprise Business Course is a six-week course that covers the key areas to support you as you start your own successful social enterprise. This includes:

  • Six online workshops and one in-person event
  • Access to a network of aspiring social enterprise founders
  • A workbook that supports you to build strong foundations for your social enterprise
  • The chance to apply for follow-on business supports to the value of €10,000 and access to a bespoke Accelerator programme

The course uses specialist training in business skills and social impact to achieve the following:

  • Increase the knowledge of the steps to starting a social enterprise
  • Provide a clear pathway to the development of a social enterprise
  • Build the skills of participants to support them in taking their idea to the next level
  • Support the growth of the social economy in Ireland
  • Increase the sustainability of start-up social enterprises
  • Provide a potential route for participants onto other funds
  • Raise awareness among innovators of the benefits of the social economy
  • Increase the skills and knowledge within the sector
  • Become part of a network of start-up social enterprises

Where and when will the course take place?

The course will be held online over six mornings as well as one in-person day for up to fifty participants. The first day of the course will be Wednesday 24th of April 2024 and will subsequently take place on the following five Wednesday mornings. The sessions will run from 10 am until 12.30 pm with different industry experts each week. The in-person day will take place at the end of the course, on a date to be confirmed in June, and will involve networking, workshops, and guest speakers.

WHO CAN APPLY

This course will support an emerging social enterprise idea and give the participants the tools to take it to the next stage of development. The course will be aimed at:

  • Idea stage social enterprises (All you need is an idea, testing and building on your idea will be part of the course work)
  • Unincorporated individuals or groups undertaking work at a local level
  • Staff within organisations who want to explore the establishment of a social enterprise within their organisation

Please note, that all ideas must have their main impact in the Republic of Ireland.

Where do we apply?

Read more and apply here.

Applications open from 29th February until 28th March 2024.

Rethink Ireland will identify a shortlist of applicants on the basis of an innovative idea for the social enterprise.

The Start a Social Enterprise Business Course transformed us and our work – within the past month we have been incorporated as a CLG, received additional funding to support us in our most ambitious project to date, and gained a network of social entrepreneurs who have already been a source of support and encouragement as we navigate our next steps. From knowledge and skills to a community and network, we are most grateful to Rethink Ireland for helping us to reimagine the future of the Wild Postcard Project.

Apply to the Start a Social Enterprise Business Course before the 4th of April.

If you have any questions, reach out to businesscourse@rethinkireland.ie

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