Closing Date Extended to 22nd May 2020

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Due to the issues surrounding Covid 19 we have extended the Closing Date one final time to 5 pm Friday May 22nd

 

Call for Applications for the 2019 Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards

 

The Awards

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards was established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE) and Dublin City Council with the support of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City in 2015. These partner organisations recognised that there was a gap in the market for small flexible grants to kick-start the creation or development of social enterprises in Dublin City. Each year since 2015, a fund of between €45,000-50,000 has been distributed among innovative social enterprises.

The programme and competition aims to increase awareness of the important contribution that social enterprise makes to building communities and in creating employment and developing the skills of the participants who get involved. The awards granted to the successful applicants will also allow them to further develop their plans and activities and bring the benefits of their social enterprise to more individuals and communities.

 This year a fund of €50,000 is available to provide a small number of financial awards for Social Enterprises who are at start-up or in development phase. To find out more information about the awards, application process and criteria please see below:

 The Application & Awards Process

  • Open call for submission of application forms (along with supporting documentation i.e. business plan / financial accounts etc)
  • Review, scoring and short-listing of application forms
  • Short-listed applicants invited to present to evaluations committee
  • Scoring of presentations & notification of award winners
  • Award Ceremony and presentation of funding to award winners

Details 

Eligible organisation types

  • Company Limited by Guarantee not having share capital (CLG) and registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
  • Co-operatives which can demonstrate a clear social benefit / impact.
  • Applications will be considered from Private Companies limited by shares (LTD) if the shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity.

Excluded organisation types

  • Public Limited Company (PLC)
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Shares
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Guarantee
  • Single Member Company
  • Unlimited Company
  • Limited Partnership
  • Private Limited Company LTD (unless shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity)
  • Unincorporated Association/Body
  • Sole-Traders or Individuals

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be a Social Enterprise i.e. as defined by the National Social Enterprise Policy[1]:
  • Be located in the Dublin City administrative area or capable of delivering social enterprise projects in this administrative area.
  • Provide a Tax Clearance Certificate before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Provide a concise business plan
  • Provide 1 years financial accounts ( if applicable) and 3 years projected accounts

[1] National Social Enterprise Policy – Ireland (pg. 8) https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/e779c3-social-enterprise-policy/

Ineligible Enterprises

  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/ Shareholders
  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are in substantial debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue
  • Enterprises which have been awarded the award previously are deemed ineligible to apply again for a period of 3 years from date of their previous award

Evaluation Process

An evaluation panel will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process is in place to assist with the selection process. Selection of successful candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  • Number of direct/ indirect jobs to be created
  • Quality of Proposal
  • Viability/sustainability of enterprise
  • Quality of Promoter
  • Social return/impact on investment

Decisions will be recorded and a report will be made to the overseeing Social Enterprise Committee. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their social enterprise to the committee. This will involve a 5 minute presentation and a 10 minute question and answer session. The committee will then decide on the successful grant awardees.

To Apply

Download the application form Here

Applicants must email a completed application form plus supporting documentation to:

shanemeehan@innercityenterprise.com  by 5 pm on Friday 22nd MAY 2020

Conditions of Drawdown

  • A letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of drawdown of the Award funds
  • The Letter of offer must be signed and returned within one month of receipt
  • Applicants will be required to submit a copy of the registration documentation for the companies’ registration office (CRO) and a current tax clearance cert
  • Evidence of public liability insurance will need to be provided
  • All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor, assigned by the Social Enterprise Committee
  • Successful applicants must be willing to allow reference be made to them, for the purpose of case study materials or media reports, which may be used with regard to the Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards for the purposes of further promotion of the scheme.
  • All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin City – Local Enterprise Office, in the areas of marketing and finance.

Once all of the conditions of drawdown have been met, award funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

Submission Deadline for Applications: 5 pm on  Friday 22nd MAY 2020

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Committee reserves the right to extend this deadline. All applicants will be notified by post regarding the status success/failure of their application.

 Post-Awards reporting

By accepting an Award, recipients agree to provide information on the impact of the award on their social enterprise / organisation;

  • Reporting may include: Jobs (new or reallocated) , Exports and/or domestic market expansion, Increase Revenue, Reduced Costs, Expected follow on investment etc;

2020 Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards – Open Call For Applications

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The Awards

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards was established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE) and Dublin City Council with the support of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City in 2015. These partner organisations recognised that there was a gap in the market for small flexible grants to kick-start the creation or development of social enterprises in Dublin City. Each year since 2015, a fund of between €45,000-50,000 has been distributed among innovative social enterprises.

The programme and competition aims to increase awareness of the important contribution that social enterprise makes to building communities and in creating employment and developing the skills of the participants who get involved. The awards granted to the successful applicants will also allow them to further develop their plans and activities and bring the benefits of their social enterprise to more individuals and communities.

 This year a fund of €50,000 is available to provide a small number of financial awards for Social Enterprises who are at start-up or in development phase. To find out more information about the awards, application process and criteria please see below:

 The Application & Awards Process

  • Open call for submission of application forms (along with supporting documentation i.e. business plan / financial accounts etc)
  • Review, scoring and short-listing of application forms
  • Short-listed applicants invited to present to evaluations committee
  • Scoring of presentations & notification of award winners
  • Award Ceremony and presentation of funding to award winners

Details 

Eligible organisation types

  • Company Limited by Guarantee not having share capital (CLG) and registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
  • Co-operatives which can demonstrate a clear social benefit / impact.
  • Applications will be considered from Private Companies limited by shares (LTD) if the shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity.

Excluded organisation types

  • Public Limited Company (PLC)
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Shares
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Guarantee
  • Single Member Company
  • Unlimited Company
  • Limited Partnership
  • Private Limited Company LTD (unless shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity)
  • Unincorporated Association/Body
  • Sole-Traders or Individuals

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be a Social Enterprise i.e. as defined by the National Social Enterprise Policy[1]:
  • Be located in the Dublin City administrative area or capable of delivering social enterprise projects in this administrative area.
  • Provide a Tax Clearance Certificate before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Provide a concise business plan
  • Provide 1 years financial accounts ( if applicable) and 3 years projected accounts

[1] National Social Enterprise Policy – Ireland (pg. 8) https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/e779c3-social-enterprise-policy/

Ineligible Enterprises

  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/ Shareholders
  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are in substantial debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue
  • Enterprises which have been awarded the award previously are deemed ineligible to apply again for a period of 3 years from date of their previous award

Evaluation Process

An evaluation panel will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process is in place to assist with the selection process. Selection of successful candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  • Number of direct/ indirect jobs to be created
  • Quality of Proposal
  • Viability/sustainability of enterprise
  • Quality of Promoter
  • Social return/impact on investment

Decisions will be recorded and a report will be made to the overseeing Social Enterprise Committee. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their social enterprise to the committee. This will involve a 5 minute presentation and a 10 minute question and answer session. The committee will then decide on the successful grant awardees.

To Apply

Download the application form Here

Applicants must email a completed application form plus supporting documentation to:

shanemeehan@innercityenterprise.com  by 5 pm on Friday 17th April 2020.

Conditions of Drawdown

  • A letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of drawdown of the Award funds
  • The Letter of offer must be signed and returned within one month of receipt
  • Applicants will be required to submit a copy of the registration documentation for the companies’ registration office (CRO) and a current tax clearance cert
  • Evidence of public liability insurance will need to be provided
  • All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor, assigned by the Social Enterprise Committee
  • Successful applicants must be willing to allow reference be made to them, for the purpose of case study materials or media reports, which may be used with regard to the Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards for the purposes of further promotion of the scheme.
  • All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin City – Local Enterprise Office, in the areas of marketing and finance.

Once all of the conditions of drawdown have been met, award funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

Submission Deadline for Applications: 5 pm on  Friday 17th of April 2020

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Committee reserves the right to extend this deadline. All applicants will be notified by post regarding the status success/failure of their application.

 Post-Awards reporting

By accepting an Award, recipients agree to provide information on the impact of the award on their social enterprise / organisation;

  • Reporting may include: Jobs (new or reallocated) , Exports and/or domestic market expansion, Increase Revenue, Reduced Costs, Expected follow on investment etc;

‘Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Europe Award 2020’

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Youth Business International and the Citi Foundation have announced the upcoming ‘Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Europe Award’. The award will be the opportunity to celebrate female entrepreneurship across Europe and showcase the amazing work women do, while recognising the significant barriers they often face when setting up a business.

Each member of the Youth Business Europe programme will have the opportunity to nominate one outstanding female entrepreneur to be one of eleven finalists at the Awards ceremony which will take place on 6th May in Dublin, Ireland. As a member of Youth Business Europe, Inner City Enterprise is looking for a brilliant candidate who will represent Ireland at the Awards ceremony and we want to hear from you.  

  • Are you a female entrepreneur aged 18-35?
  • Have you been supported on the ICE Young Entrepreneurs Training Program to set up your business?
  • Are you proud of what you’ve achieved, and you’d like to promote your business to an audience of established entrepreneurs?

If that sounds like you contact shanemeehan@innercityenterprise.com for an application form to apply for your chance to become one of the finalists of the ‘Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Europe Awards’!

The European winner will be awarded USD 5,000.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 March 2020 Read More

Youth Business International & Citi Foundation launch award to celebrate young female entrepreneurs in Europe

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As part of the Youth Business Europe programme, Youth Business International and the Citi Foundation will host the Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Europe Award to recognise the role of women in the entrepreneurship space and showcase some of the most successful young female entrepreneurs across Europe.

Youth Business International (YBI) and the Citi Foundation today launched their Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Europe Award, which will take place on Wednesday 6th May in Dublin, Ireland, to celebrate the work of outstanding women entrepreneurs who managed to establish successful businesses, despite the significant hurdles they often face.

The Youth Business Europe partnership, part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, was set up in 2015 with the aim to support young entrepreneurs from low income backgrounds across Europe to start, sustain and grow successful businesses. The partnership now includes 11 YBI member organisations in 10 countries: Belgium (microStart), France (Adie, Positive Planet), Germany (KIZ), Italy (MicroLab), Ireland (Inner City Enterprise), Kazakhstan (MOST Business Incubator), the Netherlands (Qredits), Russia (Youth Business Russia), Spain (Youth Business Spain), and Sweden (Swedish Jobs and Society). Since its start the programme supported 24,000 young people that have started or strengthened 5,700 businesses.

The focus of the partnership for this year is women empowerment and equality in the entrepreneurship space, recognizing the barriers women often face in setting up a business. As part of this initiative, the Europe Award will be a powerful opportunity to showcase the successful, young female entrepreneurs supported by the partnership.

Each member of the programme will nominate one remarkable female entrepreneur aged between 18-35 who has received support from a Youth Business Europe member as part of the YBI and Citi Foundation grant to start or grow their business. A judging panel, composed of YBI and the Citi’s senior representatives and other business experts, will assess all candidates. In assessing the applications, the judges will consider the applicants’ business journey, business impact and their evolution & sustainability. The winner, who will be announced at the Awards ceremony in Dublin, will be awarded a $5,000 USD prize to support the further development of her business.

Women face many challenges when establishing and running a business, such as access to finance, training, and support networks, as well as balancing business with other responsibilities. Members of the Youth Business Europe programme are committed to breaking down these barriers and supporting young female entrepreneurs by providing them with an integrated package of financial and non-financial support.

Anita Tiessen, CEO of YBI, said: “Talent, passion and resilience: these are some of the qualities I often find in the young female entrepreneurs the YBI network supports. Female creativity and entrepreneurial
potential are an untapped source of economic growth and at YBI we’re proud to promote women’s empowerment and equality for all in the entrepreneurial space. We’re delighted to collaborate with the Citi Foundation, our long-standing partner, to launch a dedicated Award to celebrate the work of outstanding young women entrepreneurs across Europe.”

Rachael Barber, EMEA Head of Community Development at Citi, said: “At Citi, we believe that entrepreneurship can help young Europeans to build a livelihood. We are delighted that our continued partnership with YBI will also reflect our shared commitment to women’s economic empowerment, will support more young women into entrepreneurship and recognize them through a special award.”

YBI and the Citi Foundation renew their commitment to support Young Entrepreneurs across Europe

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A new USD $700,000 grant part of Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress global initiative will enable Youth Business International ( to provide 4,500 young people with entrepreneurship skills training across Europe, Kazakhstan and Russia generating 1,150 new jobs.

LONDON, 18 November 2019 – Youth Business International (YBI) and Citi Foundation announced today their renewed commitment to supporting young entrepreneurs from a low income background across Europe to start, sustain and grow successful businesses.

Started in 2015, this partnership – called Youth Business Europe – has delivered impressive results by providing aspiring young entrepreneurs with an integrated package of financial and non-financial support. This includes entrepreneurship skills training, mentoring and access to low-interest loans. To date, 24,000 young people have been supported. These young people have started or strengthened 5,700 businesses.

The programme has supported talented young people across Europe to realise their potential through entrepreneurship. This includes Mohamed, a Syrian refugee who brought a touch of his culture to Belgium by opening a Syrian restaurant, and Roisin, originally from rural Ireland, who set up her photography business in Dublin.

According to Eurostat, youth unemployment rates across Europe remain high reaching 15% in January 2019. Spain and Italy struggle with the highest rates of youth unemployment in Europe at 33%. The new partnership will build on the achievements of the Youth Business Europe partnership to date, ensuring a continued focus on tackling this pressing issue.

Key partnership features and future goals:

– This latest partnership has been expanded to include Russia and Kazakhstan;
– Youth Business Europe now includes YBI member organizations in 10 countries: Ireland (Inner City Enterprise), Belgium (microStart), France (Adie, Positive Planet), Germany (KIZ), Italy (MicroLab), Kazakhstan (MOST Business Incubator), the Netherlands (Qredits), Russia (Youth Business Russia and ImpactHub Moscow), Spain (Youth Business Spain), and Sweden (Swedish Jobs and Society);
– over the next year it will provide a further 4,500 low income youth with entrepreneurship training;
– it will help 1,000 youth to start or grow a business;
– it will help to create 1,150 new jobs;
– it will have a strong focus in supporting more young women into entrepreneurship
– a new “Young Entrepreneurs in Europe Awards”, showcasing the most successful young entrepreneurship stories generated by the program from its starting.

Anita Tiessen, CEO of YBI said: “As youth unemployment remains high across Europe, we are determined to support more aspiring young entrepreneurs to create and strengthen their own businesses. Recognizing the additional barriers that women often face in starting a business, we share Citi Foundation’s commitment to women’s economic empowerment and will support more young women into entrepreneurship by making gender a cross cutting issue.”

Rachael Barber, EMEA Head of Community Development at Citi, said: “At Citi, we believe that entrepreneurship can help young Europeans to build a livelihood. We are delighted that our continued partnership with YBI will also reflect our shared commitment to women’s economic empowerment, as well as bridging the gap between the entrepreneurial aspirations of young people and the challenges they face today.”

Youth Business Europe is Citi Foundation’s flagship European programme, and is part of its Pathways to Progress initiative, which works to prepare and equip urban youth with the tools to thrive in today’s economy. 2017 saw the expansion of Pathways to Progress globally, with a $100 million commitment from the Citi Foundation to reach 500,000 young people with entrepreneurship and employability training before 2020.

ICE Networking Event – July 2018

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We had a fantastic ICE #Networking event in an amazing premises. Many thanks to Rothco for hosting us and providing lovely drinks and nibbles.

Our guest speakers on the night were Shane from StylishGuy Menswear and Conor from Accenture Ireland. We thank them for their insightful presentations.

We love to hold events like these so that our clients have the opportunity to learn from and create links with like minded Entrepreneurs who continue to work with Inner City Enterprise.

We are looking forward to the next one!

 

2019 Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards – Open Call For Applications Closing Date Extended to 31st May 2019

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Due to a high level of interest we have extended the Closing Date one final time to 5 pm Friday May 31st

Call for Applications for the 2019 Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards

 

The Awards

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards was established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE) and Dublin City Council with the support of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City in 2015. These partner organisations recognised that there was a gap in the market for small flexible grants to kick-start the creation or development of social enterprises in Dublin City. Each year since 2015, a fund of between €45,000-50,000 has been distributed among innovative social enterprises.

The programme and competition aims to increase awareness of the important contribution that social enterprise makes to building communities and in creating employment and developing the skills of the participants who get involved. The awards granted to the successful applicants will also allow them to further develop their plans and activities and bring the benefits of their social enterprise to more individuals and communities.

 This year a fund of €50,000 is available to provide a small number of financial awards for Social Enterprises who are at start-up or in development phase. To find out more information about the awards, application process and criteria please see below:

 The Application & Awards Process

  • Open call for submission of application forms (along with supporting documentation i.e. business plan / financial accounts etc)
  • Review, scoring and short-listing of application forms
  • Short-listed applicants invited to present to evaluations committee
  • Scoring of presentations & notification of award winners
  • Award Ceremony and presentation of funding to award winners

Details 

Eligible organisation types

  • Company Limited by Guarantee not having share capital (CLG) and registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
  • Co-operatives which can demonstrate a clear social benefit / impact.
  • Applications will be considered from Private Companies limited by shares (LTD) if the shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity.

Excluded organisation types

  • Public Limited Company (PLC)
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Shares
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Guarantee
  • Single Member Company
  • Unlimited Company
  • Limited Partnership
  • Private Limited Company LTD (unless shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity)
  • Unincorporated Association/Body
  • Sole-Traders or Individuals

Additional Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be a Social Enterprise i.e. A business that generates a traded income with defined social outputs, in which all profit created is reinvested in the business
  • Applicants must be located in the Dublin City administrative area or capable of delivering social enterprise work in this administrative area.
  • Applicants must provide a current Tax Clearance Certificate before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Applicants must provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Applicants must provide a concise business plan
  • Applicants must provide 1 years financial accounts ( if applicable) and 3 years projected accounts

Ineligible Enterprises

  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/ Shareholders
  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are in substantial debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue
  • Enterprises which have been awarded the award previously are deemed ineligible to apply again for a period of 3 years from date of their previous award

Evaluation Process

An evaluation panel will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process is in place to assist with the selection process. Selection of successful candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  • Number of direct/ indirect jobs to be created
  • Quality of Proposal
  • Viability/sustainability of enterprise
  • Quality of Promoter
  • Social return/impact on investment

Decisions will be recorded and a report will be made to the overseeing Social Enterprise Committee. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their social enterprise to the committee. This will involve a 5 minute presentation and a 10 minute question and answer session. The committee will then decide on the successful grant awardees.

To Apply

Download the application form Here

Applicants must email a completed application form plus supporting documentation to shanemeehan@innercityenterprise.com.

Conditions of Drawdown

  • A letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of drawdown of the Award funds
  • The Letter of offer must be signed and returned within one month of receipt
  • Applicants will be required to submit a copy of the registration documentation for the companies’ registration office (CRO) and a current tax clearance cert
  • Evidence of public liability insurance will need to be provided
  • All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor, assigned by the Social Enterprise Committee
  • Successful applicants must be willing to allow reference be made to them, for the purpose of case study materials or media reports, which may be used with regard to the Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards for the purposes of further promotion of the scheme.
  • All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin City – Local Enterprise Office, in the areas of marketing and finance.

Once all of the conditions of drawdown have been met, award funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

The closing time and date for applications is: 17:00 – Friday 17th May 2019

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Committee reserves the right to extend this deadline. All applicants will be notified by post regarding the status success/failure of their application.

 Post-Awards reporting

By accepting an Award, recipients agree to provide information on the impact of the award on their social enterprise / organisation;

  • Reporting may include: Jobs (new or reallocated) , Exports and/or domestic market expansion, Increase Revenue, Reduced Costs, Expected follow on investment etc;

Dublin Regional Enterprise Awards 2018

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Inner City Enterprise (ICE) are delighted to announce the Dublin Regional Enterprise Awards 2018 are now open for applications. ICE and our Enterprise partners want to recognise and celebrate Dublin Startups for their success in business.

Dublin Regional Enterprise Awards 2018 are open to all persons that have set up their own business via the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or Short Term Enterprise Allowance. The Awards are open to all ICE clients who currently own, control and manage their own business and who meet the following eligibility criteria.

The closing date for applications is 22nd June 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must have availed of the BTWEA or STEA scheme and commenced trading between Jan 2013 and Dec 2017
  • All applicants must be currently trading and can confirm that they are tax compliant
  • All applicants must complete the application form

A competitive process will be put in place to assist with the selection process and an independent assessment panel of experts will make the decision on the finalists. 

Semi-Finalists will be invited to present to the Dublin Regional Enterprise assessment panel. This will involve a  presentation and a question and answer session with the judges. The assessment panel will then decide on three winners and the winners will be announced at the Dublin Regional Enterprise Awards  morning on 19th Sept 2018.

Applicants can download the application form here

Completed applications should be emailed to Mary Colhoun at innercityenter@gmail.com and a hard copy of the application, signed by the proposer/s, posted for the attention of Mary Colhoun, Inner City Enterprise, Unit F4 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7.

2018 Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards – Open call for Applications -Closing date extended to May 4th 2018

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Dublin City Social Enterprise Award Design (1)

Closing date for applications has been extended to 5pm on Friday May 4th 2018

 

The Awards

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards was established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE) and Dublin City Council with the support of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City in 2015. These partner organisations recognised that there was a gap in the market for small flexible grants to kick-start the creation or development of social enterprises in Dublin City. Each year since 2015, a fund of between €45,000-50,000 has been distributed among innovative social enterprises.

The programme and competition aims to increase awareness of the important contribution that social enterprise makes to building communities and in creating employment and developing the skills of the participants who get involved. The awards granted to the successful applicants will also allow them to further develop their plans and activities and bring the benefits of their social enterprise to more individuals and communities.

 This year a fund of €50,000 is available to provide a small number of financial awards for Social Enterprises who are at start-up or in development phase. To find out more information about the awards, application process and criteria please see below:

 The Application & Awards Process

  • Open call for submission of application forms (along with supporting documentation i.e. business plan / financial accounts etc)
  • Review, scoring and short-listing of application forms
  • Short-listed applicants invited to present to evaluations committee
  • Scoring of presentations & notification of award winners
  • Award Ceremony and presentation of funding to award winners

Details 

Eligible organisation types

  • Company Limited by Guarantee not having share capital (CLG) and registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
  • Co-operatives which can demonstrate a clear social benefit / impact.
  • Applications will be considered from Private Companies limited by shares (LTD) if the shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity.

Excluded organisation types

  • Public Limited Company (PLC)
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Shares
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Guarantee
  • Single Member Company
  • Unlimited Company
  • Limited Partnership
  • Private Limited Company LTD (unless shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity)
  • Unincorporated Association/Body
  • Sole-Traders or Individuals

Additional Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be a Social Enterprise i.e. A business that generates a traded income with defined social outputs, in which all profit created is reinvested in the business
  • Applicants must be located in the Dublin City administrative area or capable of delivering social enterprise work in this administrative area.
  • Applicants must provide a current Tax Clearance Certificate before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Applicants must provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Applicants must provide a concise business plan
  • Applicants must provide 1 years financial accounts ( if applicable) and 3 years projected accounts

Ineligible Enterprises

  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/ Shareholders
  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are in substantial debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue
  • Applicants cannot be in receipt of other statutory grants
  • Enterprises which have been awarded the award previously are deemed ineligible to apply again for a period of 3 years from date of their previous award

Evaluation Process

An evaluation panel will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process is in place to assist with the selection process. Selection of successful candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  • Number of direct/ indirect jobs to be created
  • Quality of Proposal
  • Viability/sustainability of enterprise
  • Quality of Promoter
  • Social return/impact on investment

Decisions will be recorded and a report will be made to the overseeing Social Enterprise Committee. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their social enterprise to the committee. This will involve a 5 minute presentation and a 10 minute question and answer session. The committee will then decide on the successful grant awardees.

To Apply

Download the application form Here

Applicants must email a completed application form plus supporting documentation to Innercityenter@gmail.com. In addition an original signed copy of the application form (only) is required to be forwarded by post/hand to Inner City Enterprise, Unit F4 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7.

Conditions of Drawdown

  • A letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of drawdown of the Award funds
  • The Letter of offer must be signed and returned within one month of receipt
  • Applicants will be required to submit a copy of the registration documentation for the companies’ registration office (CRO) and a current tax clearance cert
  • Evidence of public liability insurance will need to be provided
  • All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor, assigned by the Social Enterprise Committee
  • Successful applicants must be willing to allow reference be made to them, for the purpose of case study materials or media reports, which may be used with regard to the Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards for the purposes of further promotion of the scheme.
  • All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin City – Local Enterprise Office, in the areas of marketing and finance.

Once all of the conditions of drawdown have been met, award funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

The closing time and date for applications is: 17:00 – Friday 4th May 2018

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Committee reserves the right to extend this deadline. All applicants will be notified by post regarding the status success/failure of their application.

 Post-Awards reporting

By accepting an Award, recipients agree to provide information on the impact of the award on their social enterprise / organisation;

  • Reporting may include: Jobs (new or reallocated) , Exports and/or domestic market expansion, Increase Revenue, Reduced Costs, Expected follow on investment etc;

Inner City Enterprise ICE Awards Night 2017

By | Awards

The second Inner City Enterprise ICE Awards were held on Thursday 11th May and were kindly sponsored and hosted by Irish Distillers, in their recently revamped Jameson Distillery, Bowe St, Smithfield. The ICE Awards are held every 18 months to acknowledge and reward ICE clients who in the words of our CEO Evanne Kilmurray, are ‘the unsung heroes of the enterprise world’.

Leo Varadkar, T.D, the Minister for Social Protection, was in attendance at the awards and spoke very positively about the work ICE does as well as the supports available through Government. This celebration of inner city entrepreneurs was also supported by A & L Goodbody Solicitors & KPMG.

Three shortlisted entrants from Dublin’s inner city were selected for each of the three categories; Best Female Entrepreneur, Best Male Entrepreneur & the Best Newcomer Award.

The ICE Award for Best Female Entrepreneur was awarded to Helen Walsh who set up Helen Walsh Fitness, Wellness & Coaching with the help of ICE in 2014. Helen is an international health coach, personal trainer and one of Ireland’s leading health and wellness experts.

Daniel Cantwell won the award for the Best Male Entrepreneur for his business Ben & Anvil, a Dublin based creative, post production studio offering visual effects, motion graphics and animation services. Daniel set up the studio with his wife Ailbhe in 2015.

The Award for the Best Newcomer was presented to Russell Simmons of the Greedy Pig which began life as a blog in 2010. The website showcases the best of music, art and culture in Ireland and beyond. Since then it has grown into a collective that spans events, a record label and an online publication.

The night was compered by Former Group Business editor for the Irish Independent Tom McEnaney and an enjoyable and inspirational night was had by all in attendance.

The other finalists on the night were:

Best Male Entrepreneur

Shane Burke – The Stylish Guy

Shane Sutton- Teddybots

 

Best Female Entrepreneur

Melissa Curley – SocialBee

Holly Pereira – Hyper Pictures

 

Best Newcomer

Karen Tynan – K Star Academy

Siobhan Hargis – Stroll Dublin

 

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