Google – €500,000 Social Entrepreneurs Fund

Support for Social Entrepreneurs is providing €500,000 to support social entrepreneurs grow their organisations. The funding for Ireland is being shared with two organisations with the goal of helping social entrepreneurs scale their ideas and deliver impact. These groups are Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and INCO.

Adaire Fox-Martin, head of Google Ireland, said “By providing the sector better access to capital, talent, markets and technology, businesses such as Google have the opportunity to meaningfully serve the communities Social Enterprise operate in and advance impactful humanitarian and environmental causes.”

From left: Thibaud Le Moing, Adaire Fox-Martin and Tim Griffiths. Image: Naoise Culhane

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland will use the funding to run the Changing Ireland Accelerator Programme, a 12-month initiative for underserved social entrepreneurs needing support to accelerate their impact.

Running parallel to the accelerator, which is now open for submissions, INCO will disperse the funding as cash sub-grants administered to participants.

Adaire Fox-Martin added “These grants reflect Google’s continued commitment to supporting social entrepreneurs around the world and to the principle that entrepreneurship can be the best way to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges,”

The selection process will launch in February 2023, with successful applicants appointed to the accelerator programme from June 2023.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

The mission of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is to find people with solutions to social problems and support them on every step of their journey.  This is achieved through a range of programmes, direct funding and our incredible community of alumni, funders, and sector leaders.  Since our foundation in 2004, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has supported more than 500 social entrepreneurs across the country.


INCO is a global non-profit that has a presence across more than 40 countries. Since 2021, it has been leading StartSocial, an initiative supported by to provide funding and capacity-building to more than 400 social enterprises across Europe.

At the launch event Mathieu Planchard, global head of development at INCO stated, “This initiative represents a concrete step towards building a more diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem,”

Mathieu added, “The combination of capacity-building support and strategic grant funding is the right recipe to break down the barriers faced by underserved founders in Ireland today.”

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing collection and drop-off services for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Yearly Recycle IT offered drop-off and collection services to thousands of homes and organisations across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, televisions, toasters, cables, lawnmowers, monitors, microwaves and kettles.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

Visit our website for further details.

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