Archive for March, 2011

Shortlisted for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Bootcamp

March 21, 2011

MissionV is the collaboration between GiftedKids.ie and Daynuv. We recently received the support of the NCTE to roll the project out to 20 schools in Ireland this year. We also applied to the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Social Impact Programme and have made it down to the last 42 (out of more than 200 applications received) for this years Bootcamp - 

42 people from all over Ireland will take part in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland 2011 Bootcamp to pitch for a place on this year’s Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Social Impact Programme, with a total fund of €500,000 up for grabs. The 42 selected, from over 200 entries nationwide, will be joined on the day by a number of Dragons from RTE’s Dragons Den, sponsors DCC plc and supporters of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. 

At bootcamp applicants will pitch their ideas and answer a series of questions from a panel of judges from which six finalists will be chosen. The bootcamp, hosted at the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, Citywest, Co Dublin, will also include workshops to be held throughout the day providing information and training to assist the participants in bringing their project forward and will include topics such as how to pitch, strategic planning, and marketing & PR. 

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland launched their 2011 Social Impact Programme, which is supported and sponsored by DCC plc, in January and sought applications from individuals developing new, big ideas to address the social and environmental challenges we face in Ireland. The bootcamp is part of the extensive eight month selection process for applicants which will result in six social entrepreneurs embarking on a three month ‘finalists programme’ prior to the announcement of three winners in October. These winners will then receive extensive funding and support as part of the Social Impact Programme to help them grow and increase the impact that they are having in Ireland.Since 2005, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has provided support to 142 social entrepreneurs, directly investing over €3.7m into supporting these exceptional individuals. These in turn have directly supported over 170,000 people and indirectly helped another 300,000 people. 

Further information is available online at www.socialentrepreneurs.ie.

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MissionV to extend to 20 schools nationwide with support from NCTE

March 1, 2011

MissionV is very pleased to announce the support of the National Centrefor Technology in Education (NCTE) in it’s Phase 1 rollout to 20 primary schools in the school year 2011/2012. MissionV is a tool for building immersive learning experiences for high potential students.

We would like to thank Anne White, National Coordinator – ICT in the Curriculum, and Jerome Morrissey, NCTE Director, for their support for this innovative ICT schools project. “The project is innovative and is making excellent use of a number ofcutting edge technologies. It is very timely given the Department ofEducation and Skills’ prioritisation of numeracy at both primary and postprimary level. The use of a 3D learning environment and geometric buildingtools by children to collaboratively build 3D replicas generating a fullyinteractive world powered by their own software is very much in line withthe thinking and implementation of the project maths curriculum at postprimary which is being rolled out at present to all schools",  said Jerome Morrisey, NCTE Director