Archive for October, 2009

€2.5m giveaway to Irish Social Entrepreneurs

October 12, 2009

From the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland website –

As I’m sure most of you have heard, the Arthur Guinness Fund is
currently taking applications from Social Entrepreneurs around Ireland
as part of the Guinness 250 Celebration.

Guinness & Co. has partnered with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
to implement the initiative, which will support projects that deliver
lasting social, community and environmental benefits. It will seek to
identify, support and empower social entrepreneurs who have projects
and initiatives that are innovative, impactful and sustainable, and
make a real difference to Irish society.

This Fund is seeking to find up to 25 social entrepreneurs over a
two-year period within Ireland. Successful applicants will benefit from
financial support (in the region of €100,000 per project) as well as
practical support and advice. In addition, successful applicants will
benefit from access to our wonderful Alumni Network. Be sure to spread
the word to anyone you know who has a great idea and is eligible to

For more information and to apply to the fund, please visit, click on the Arthur Guinness Fund button and follow
the instructions. Alternatively, you can access information on the fund
directly here. The closing date for applications is the 31st of October so be sure to get your application in before then.

Don’t forget to read over the criteria carefully before applying, as
the fund is not open to projects that are based overseas (or that have
a primary overseas benefit) or projects where a significant focus is on
activity involving people under 18 years of age.

Over 100 pledges to Outvesting – now collecting

October 12, 2009

Two weeks ago, when we made the initial pledges to donate €50 to an Irish startup, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Would the fund drive get the necessary momentum to reach the target of 100 pledgers? Or would it fizzle?

Happily it didn't fizzle and within a few days we'd actually exceeded the target. So now we're collecting and would like to invite all pledgers to submit their donation to Thanks again.