The Impact Series #6 - "Building an Inclusive Recovery"
Tuesday 28th April 2015
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 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.
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.

Date: Tuesday 28th April 2015 in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 2
Doors Open 6.30pm, First Speaker 6.45pm 

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Graham Jones
Head Gardener (CEO), Solas Project, SEI Elevator Award Winner 2013
Sr Stanislaus Kennedy
Visionary and Social Innovator, Founder of Focus Ireland
Elizabeth Waters
Founder, Virtual Community College, SEI Impact Award Winner 2014
Lynn Ruane
President-elect of Trinity College Students' Union & Graduate of An Cosán 

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 us the link before 5pm on Wednesday 22nd April.  As this event will focus on "Social Inclusion" 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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More information on our inspiring speakers:

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 HopeDay 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. Liz managed An Cosán’s community education centre, before being appointed CEO in 2001.  Liz’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. Elizabeth won an Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Award in 2014 for the Virtual Community College 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 centre Hostels and was recently elected Trinity College Dublin Students' Union President for the academic year 2015/16. 

Event Sponsor

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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:


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