Kinvara-native social entrepreneur finalist in SEI awards

Social entrepreneur, Tracy Keogh from Kinvara is among the 12 finalists announced today for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI ) Awards programme. The prestigious nine-month programme, worth €40,000 to each project, provides vital funding and mentorship opportunities to high-potential social entrepreneurs to enable them to develop highly effective, sustainable, and scalable organisations.

Ms Keogh has been announced as a finalist for her organisation, Grow Remote which focusses on building communities of remote workers, to help support community development and change the way of working.

Commenting on the announcement, Ms Keogh said Grow Remote is honoured to be named as a finalist for SEI Awards programme.

“This is in recognition of the work of the 100+ people who stuck with the challenge of employment in rural areas and took action. This will allow us to ensure our work has maximum impact.”

The 2019 Awards programme attracted 120 applications from all corners of Ireland with 12 making it through to the finalist stage. The finalists pitched their projects today at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland to a panel of judges drawn from the SEI community. Of the 12, six will go on to win a place on the programme. The Awardees will be announced at SEI’s Awards celebration in October 2019.

The full list of finalists is:

AgriKids (Alma Jordan )

Carers of Traveller Children (Catherine Joyce Collins )

Evocco (Ahmad Mu’azzam and Hugh Weldon )

Grow Remote (Tracy Keogh )

HUGH’S HOUSE (Ade Stavk and Maria Brennan )

jumpAgrade Equality of Education Initiative (David Neville and Padraic Hogan )

Property Marking Ireland (James O’Neill )

Reach Out Turn2me Youth eMental Health Service (Jennifer Griffin )

Helping Hands Project (Maria Garvey )

The Ease Project (Boris Hunka and Caithriona McCarthy )

THE HomeShare (Lucie Cunningham )

waytoB (Robbie Fryers and Talita Holzer )

Commenting, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Darren Ryan, said: “This year’s Awards programme finalists have displayed great courage, insight and innovation throughout the selection process, and we want to congratulate them on making it this far. Their projects have the potential to change Ireland by providing solutions to pressing social problems. The decision to choose the top six will be one of the most difficult we have to make this year, but we look forward to helping the 2019 Awardees fulfil their potential through the Awards programme.”

The successful Awardees will each receive €20,000 in direct funding, in addition to training and supports worth €20,000. They will be provided with 1:1 support from a mentor and strategic advisor and will have access to more than 150 pro-bono supporters and coaches. Awardees will also join SEI’s community of social entrepreneurs, the largest community of social entrepreneurs in Ireland.

DCC plc, the international sales, marketing and support services group, is the flagship supporter of SEI’s Awards programme. Previous Awardees include A Lust for Life, Change by Degrees, and The Shona Project.

Commenting, CEO of DCC plc Donal Murphy said: “DCC plc is proud to be the flagship sponsor of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards programme, providing financial and advisory support every step of the way. The calibre of social entrepreneurs who apply to SEI never fails to impress us. We wish all the finalists the very best of luck.”

For more information on Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, visit: www.socialentrepreneurs.ie

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