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Impact Series - Building an Inclusive Recovery

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 from 18:30 to 21:30 (IST)

Impact Series - Building an Inclusive Recovery

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Register for The Impact Series #6
Tickets will be available on the door. Ticket price is a donation of your choice when you book online (or €15 on the door). All ticket proceeds will go towards The Minnovation Fund which will be given to one high potential startup social entrepreneur on the night.

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The Impact Series Building an inclusive Recovery

Join us for the next event in our exciting speaker series which will focus on the theme “Building an Inclusive Recovery”.  

We are delighted to be joined by Minister of State, Kevin Humphreys, T.D., who will give a welcome address from the perspective of his role in the Department of Social Protection. Each of the speakers on the panel will use their unique experience to inspire and challenge us all to think differently about how we might build an inclusive recovery.  By sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience, and most importantly their vision, they will demonstrate how their individual projects are having a lasting impact on the lives of those they support.

Speakers include:

  • Welcome address: Kevin Humphreys, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection
  • Graham Jones, Head Gardener (CEO), Solas Project and SEI Elevator Awardee 2013 
  • Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Visionary and Social Innovator, Founder of Focus Ireland
  • Elizabeth Waters, Founder, Virtual Community College and SEI Impact Awardee 2014
  • Lynn Ruane, President-elect of Trinity College Students' Union & Graduate An Cosán

Date: Tuesday 28th April in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 8
Doors Open: 6:30pm, First Speaker: 6:45pm

Ticket price is a donation of your choice when you book online (or €15 on the door). All ticket proceeds will go towards The Minnovation Fund which will be given to one high potential start-up social entrepreneur on the night. Further details on how to apply to pitch are provided below.

The Minnovation Fund

If you are an early stage social entrepreneur with a great idea to change Ireland, The Minnovation Fund could be the seed fund that will get your idea off the ground! Each night at The Impact Series events, The Minnovation Fund (which will comprise all ticket proceeds) will be up for grabs.  In addition to the prize money on the night, we are very grateful to Blueface who are sponsoring 1 year’s worth of phone services to the winner to the value of €500.

To enter: 

Make a simple 2 minute video on your smartphone describing your idea, post it to Youtube, and send the link to before 5pm on Wednesday 22nd April.  

As this event will focus on "Building an Inclusive Recovery"
 we will shortlist the top three ideas, preferably relating to this theme who will get a chance to pitch their innovation to the audience on the night. The winner will be chosen by the audience and presented with their prize at the end of the night.  


We would really appreciate if you could share this event with your networks and anyone you know who may be interested.


All the best,

The Impact Series Team at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland


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Check out the next @SEIreland Impact Series event "Building an Inclusive Recovery" on #impactseries #innovate #socent

More information on our panel of speakers:

Kevin Humphreys, T.D., Minister of State at Department of Social Protection 
Kevin Humphrey’s was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection with special responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support in 2014, and is a Labour TD for the constituency of Dublin South East. He became active in politics through his community, campaigning on issues related to health, community facilities, planning and the environment. He has been a member of the Labour Party for over 25 years working on local, general and president elections and referendum campaigns.  He first ran for election in 1999, becoming a Councillor for the South East Inner City ward of Dublin City Council.  He served as deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin City in 2009.

Graham Jones, Head Gardener (CEO) Solas Project
Graham Jones is the Head Gardener (CEO) of Solas Project ( which is a community development organisation based in Dublin's inner city with a vision of an Ireland where every young person truly knows their self-worth and can take full advantage of their potential. Graham is a qualified solicitor and was in practice for seven years before dedicating himself to supporting and advocating on behalf of vulnerable children and young people. Graham is the co-founder of Solas Project which was established in 2011 and runs five programmes. Graham won an Elevator Award from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in 2013 for Compass, a programme run by Solas Project that supports young offenders in their move away from crime and towards a new life. 

Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Visionary and Social Innovator, Founder of Focus Ireland

Sr. Stan is a well know social campaigner and founder of a number of voluntary organisations, including Focus Ireland, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Young Social Innovators and the Sanctuary.  She has received numerous awards and tributes for her outstanding work for the marginalized in society both in Ireland and internationally.  She is an author of several bestselling books including Seasons of Hope, Day by Day, The Road Home and Moments of Stillness.  

Elizabeth Waters, Founder of Virtual Community College

Elizabeth has been actively involved in community education for over 25 years, 19 of these with An Cosán, providing community-based adult education, educational childcare and enterprise to the community of Tallaght West. Elizabeth managed An Cosán’s community education centre, before being appointed CEO in 2001. Elizabeth’s passion for education sparked an interest in exploring how new digital technology can bring An Cosán’s social innovation in education to everyone who needs it in Ireland.  Under her leadership, An Cosán has embarked on a path to virtualise its curricula – from basic education to degree level – to share the knowledge created in Tallaght West with everyone.  She featured as one of the 100 Top Women in STEM and received a special award for her work in “bridging the digital divide”, in recognition of An Cosán’s Virtual Community College. She stepped down as CEO of An Cosán to concentrate on the development of The Virtual Community College as its Director and won the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Award in 2014 for this initiative.

Lynn Ruane President-elect of TCD Students' Union & Graduate of An Cosán

Lynn left school at an early age and spent two years studying in An Cosan. Since the age of 17, she has worked as a Community Development Drug Worker in a variety of different locations around Dublin. She is currently finishing the 3rd year of a degree in Political Science and Philosophy after entering Trinity College through the Access Programme. She currently works for De Paul Ireland in a number of city center hostels and was recently elected as Trinity College Dublin Students' Union President for the academic year 2015/16. 

Event Sponsor

Social Finance Foundation

We are very grateful for the support of the Social Finance Foundation who are sponsoring The Impact Series. The Social Finance Foundation is a wholesale lender of social finance, providing finance to Social Lending Organisations so that they in turn can lend to borrowers seeking funding primarily for the purpose of community development and social enterprise.  

For more information see the Social Finance Foundation website:


Do you have questions about Impact Series - Building an Inclusive Recovery? Contact Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

When & Where

Smock Alley Theatre,
6/7 Exchange Street Lower
Dublin 8

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 from 18:30 to 21:30 (IST)

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Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation that supports people with new solutions to Ireland’s biggest social problems.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland helps these individuals to increase their impact by providing significant funding alongside in-depth technical and practical supports. Over the last 12 years, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has supported 204 social entrepreneurs, and this year’s funding will bring the total support to over €6.7 million invested in their projects, in addition to providing significant additional supports.

These projects have in turn directly impacted 520,000 people all over Ireland, creating over 1,230 employment opportunities in the process. For more information please see

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