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!

 

Inner City Enterprise ICE Awards 2017 Call for applications

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Inner City Enterprise (ICE) are looking for applications from their existing customer base for the second edition of the ICE Awards. The ICE Awards have been established to recognise the successes and achievements of ICE clients and to offer a substantial cash prize to one successful applicant in each of the three different categories.

The three categories are:

1.      ICE Best Female Entrepreneur

2.      ICE Best Male Entrepreneur

3.      ICE Best Newcomer 

Prize money of €2,000 will be awarded to the winner in both of the best male and best female entrepreneur categories. Prize money of €1,000 will be awarded to the winner in the best newcomer category. Winners in all three categories can avail of further complimentary professional support under one of three headings: Sales & Marketing, Legal or Financial advice.

The Awards are open to all Inner City Enterprise (ICE) clients who currently own, control and manage their own business and who meet the following eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

·  Applicants must submit a fully completed application form.

·  Applicants or their businesses must be located within the Dublin City postal districts of 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 6W, 7, 8 and 9.

·  Applicants need to show evidence of a track record of trading.

·  Applicants must provide a current tax clearance certificate

·  For the ICE Best Newcomer Award applicants need to be trading less than a year.

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 in each of the three categories.

Finalists in each category will be invited to present to the ICE assessment panel. This will involve a 3 minute presentation and a 5 minute question and answer session in April. The assessment panel will then decide on a winner in each category and the winners will be announced at the ICE Awards Gala Night on 11th May 2017.

Applicants can download the application form here

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

The closing date for applications is 10th March 2017. Inner City Enterprise reserves the right to extend this deadline.

2016 Inner City Enterprise Social Enterprise Grant Awards!

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The beautiful surroundings of the Hugh Lane Gallery welcomed the successful applicants of 2016 ICE Social Enterprise Scheme. ICE along with the Local Enterprise Office and Dublin City Council were happy to be able to present the grants to the five winning organisations.

Greg Swift, CEO of Dublin Local Enterprise Office, hosted the breakfast presentation, Minister Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Meath West kindly agreed to speak and our own CEO Evanne Kilmurray was in attendance.

The very deserving winners of the five awards included: Recreate, Third Space, Aspire Productions, House of Akina and The Yard@ Solas Project

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Aspire Productions by Conor McCabe Photography

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ReCreate by Conor McCabe Photography

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The Yard @ Solas Project

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2016 Social Enterprise Awardees by Conor McCabe Photography

 

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Third Space by Conor McCabe Photography

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Final Extension To call for application for Social Enterprise Grant!

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FINAL EXTENSION  FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GRANT SCHEME CALL FOR APPLICATIONS UNTIL 27th MAY 2016

The Social Enterprise Grant Scheme is a scheme established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE), and drawn down under the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Dublin. The scheme currently has €50,000 at its disposal and is being set up to provide a small number of flexible grants for Social Enterprises, either at start-up or development phase.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be a Social Enterprise i.e. A business that generates traded income with social outputs, in which all profit created is reinvested into the business
Applicants must be located within the Dublin City Council administrative area.
Applicants must be either a company limited by guarantee or a co-operative.
Applicants need a current Tax Clearance Cert in place.
Applicants need to provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place and/or will be in place before drawdown of funds
Applicants need to provide a Business Plan
Applicants need to provide 1 years Financial Accounts ( if Applicable) and 3 years projected accounts
Ineligible Projects

Projects will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/Shareholders.
Projects will be deemed ineligible if in debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue.
Projects cannot be in receipt of other statutory grants.
Evaluation Process

An ICE Evaluation Committee will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant Committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process will be put 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 project
Quality of promoter
Social return/impact on investment
Decisions will be recorded and a report made to the overseeing Social Enterprise Grant Scheme Committee. A number of shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their project/ social enterprise to the Social Enterprise Grant Committee. This will involve a 5 minute presentation and a 10 minute question and answer session. The Social Enterprise Grant Committee will then decide on the successful grant awardees.

To Apply  http://innercityenterprise.com/socentlink.docx

 

Applicants must email a completed application to Innercityenter@gmail.com or forward by post, a hard copy of the application to Inner City Enterprise, Unit G10 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7.

Conditions of Draw down

A Letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of draw down of the grant funds.
The Letter of offer will need to be signed and returned within a month of receipt.
Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their registration documentation from the Company’s Registration Office (CRO) and a current Tax Clearance Cert.
Public liability insurance will need to be in place and evidence provided.
All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor assigned by Inner City Enterprise or the Local Enterprise Office.
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 by Inner City Enterprise or the Local Enterprise Office to further promote the Social Enterprise Grant scheme .
All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin Local Enterprise Office, on marketing and finance. These workshops will be run between May and June 2016.
Once all of the conditions of draw down have been met grant funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

Due to  demand the closing date for applications has been extended to 27th May 2016.

All applicants will be notified by post of the success or failure of their application.

ILDN National Enterprise Awards – Call for applications

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In 2016, the inaugural ILDN National Enterprise Awards will take place to showcase the achievements of persons who have successfully set-up their own business under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance & Short Term Enterprise Allowance schemes.

We are currently looking for nominees to represent the Inner City area ( Dublin City Community Co-op area)  at the Dublin Regional Awards.

To be eligible to apply you must have started your business between January 2011 – December 2015 AND have been approved onto either Back to Work Enterprise Allowance & Short Term Enterprise Allowance scheme.

 

To apply, please complete and return the application form by email or by post for the attention of Shane Meehan, Inner City Enterprise, Unit G10 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7.

Email: innercityenteprise@gmail.com

 

Completed application forms must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday, 20th May 2016.

LDC Enterprise Awards Application Form 2016

Please note the following process;

The ILDN is a network of all Local Development Companies in Ireland comprising of six regions.

  • Dublin City Community Co-op is part of the Dublin Region. Each company will put forward two nominees for the Regional Awards.
  • The Dublin Region Awards will host an event taking place in late June to announce three winners for the Dublin Region. These three nominees will represent the Dublin Region at the National Awards.
  • The National Awards will take place in Dublin on Thursday, 15 September.
  • Each Regional Awards winner will be given national exposure through a media campaign, comprising of dedicated website and national broadcasters.

 

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Call deadline extended for the Inner City Enterprise Social Enterprise grant scheme!

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GRANT SCHEME CALL FOR APPLICATIONS UNTIL 13th MAY 2016

The Social Enterprise Grant Scheme is a scheme established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE), and drawn down under the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Dublin. The scheme currently has €50,000 at its disposal and is being set up to provide a small number of flexible grants for Social Enterprises, either at start-up or development phase.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be a Social Enterprise i.e. A business that generates traded income with social outputs, in which all profit created is reinvested into the business
Applicants must be located within the Dublin City Council administrative area.
Applicants must be either a company limited by guarantee or a co-operative.
Applicants need a current Tax Clearance Cert in place.
Applicants need to provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place and/or will be in place before drawdown of funds
Applicants need to provide a Business Plan
Applicants need to provide 1 years Financial Accounts ( if Applicable) and 3 years projected accounts
Ineligible Projects

Projects will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/Shareholders.
Projects will be deemed ineligible if in debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue.
Projects cannot be in receipt of other statutory grants.
Evaluation Process

An ICE Evaluation Committee will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant Committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process will be put 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 project
Quality of promoter
Social return/impact on investment
Decisions will be recorded and a report made to the overseeing Social Enterprise Grant Scheme Committee. A number of shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their project/ social enterprise to the Social Enterprise Grant Committee. This will involve a 5 minute presentation and a 10 minute question and answer session. The Social Enterprise Grant Committee will then decide on the successful grant awardees.

To Apply

Applicants can download the application form here

Applicants must email a completed application to Innercityenter@gmail.com or forward by post, a hard copy of the application to Inner City Enterprise, Unit G10 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7.

Conditions of Draw down

A Letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of draw down of the grant funds.
The Letter of offer will need to be signed and returned within a month of receipt.
Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their registration documentation from the Company’s Registration Office (CRO) and a current Tax Clearance Cert.
Public liability insurance will need to be in place and evidence provided.
All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor assigned by Inner City Enterprise or the Local Enterprise Office.
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 by Inner City Enterprise or the Local Enterprise Office to further promote the Social Enterprise Grant scheme .
All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin Local Enterprise Office, on marketing and finance. These workshops will be run between May and June 2016.
Once all of the conditions of draw down have been met grant funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

The closing date for applications has been extended to 13th May 2016.

All applicants will be notified by post of the success or failure of their application.

Call for applications for the 2nd edition of the Inner City Enterprise Social Enterprise Grant Scheme.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GRANT SCHEME CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Social Enterprise Grant Scheme is a  scheme established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE), and drawn down under the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Dublin. The scheme currently has €50,000 at its disposal and is being set up to provide a small number of flexible grants for Social Enterprises, either at start-up or development phase.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be a Social Enterprise i.e. A business that generates traded income with social outputs, in which all profit created is reinvested into the business
  • Applicants must be located within the Dublin City Council administrative area.
  • Applicants must be either a company limited by guarantee or a co-operative.
  • Applicants need a current Tax Clearance Cert in place.
  • Applicants need to provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place and/or will be in place before drawdown of funds
  • Applicants need to provide a Business Plan
  • Applicants need to provide 1 years Financial Accounts ( if Applicable) and 3 years projected accounts

Ineligible Projects

  • Projects will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/Shareholders.
  • Projects will be deemed ineligible if in debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue.
  • Projects cannot be in receipt of other statutory grants.

Evaluation Process

An ICE Evaluation Committee will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant Committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process will be put 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 project
  • Quality of promoter
  • Social return/impact on investment

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

To Apply

Applicants can download the application form here

Applicants must email a completed application to Innercityenter@gmail.com or forward by post, a hard copy of the application to Inner City Enterprise, Unit G10 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7.

Conditions of Draw down

  • A Letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of draw down of the grant funds.
  • The Letter of offer will need to be signed and returned within a month of receipt.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their registration documentation from the Company’s Registration Office (CRO) and a current Tax Clearance Cert.
  • Public liability insurance will need to be in place and evidence provided.
  • All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor assigned by Inner City Enterprise or the Local Enterprise Office.
  • 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 by Inner City Enterprise or the Local Enterprise Office to further promote the Social Enterprise Grant scheme .
  • All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin Local Enterprise Office, on marketing and finance. These workshops will be run between May and June 2016.

Once all of the conditions of draw down have been met grant funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

The closing date for applications is 22th April 2016. Inner City Enterprise reserves the right to extend this deadline.

All applicants will be notified by post of the success or failure of their application.

 

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