‘Business for Social Impact’ Incubator Programme 2018/19
Are you passionate about solving a social issue?
Who should apply?
Whatever the back story you come with, our focus is on what you are now doing and where you want to go.
Are you passionate about creating real social change?
Is your business start-up driven by a strong social goal?
Is your socially focused group evolving into significant business-like activity?
Do you see an opportunity to do something meaningful but not certain how to proceed?
Are you struggling to balance the social impact that drives you with “hard business needs”?
In doing simply what matters to you, have you found yourself becoming “the leader” for others around you?
What will you get?
What we cover?
There is no right way – only your way. Setting up and developing a social enterprise is always a unique journey and BNest helps those on their journey in a way that works for them – on both personal and enterprise level.
We ask you to fully commit to participation.
It’s not an easy ask – if you are going to give proper time to this challenge, you have to stop doing something else. There are still seven days in a week after you embark on the programme, just like before. Your presence at the 8 workshops held on Friday afternoons/evenings is crucial.
We also ask you to:
• Willingly share with your fellow participants
• Commit to upholding the integrity of the programme to your fellow participants
• Respect all involved, as you expect others to respect you
• Enjoy and contribute as best you can
Our application process reflects that – we ask you to fill out a short aplication form and then we will meet the applicants for an informal chat over a coffee to see if we would be a good fit for each other.
Applications closing date is Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.
Informal interviews will be held in July & August, 2018.
Decision will be announced on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018.
The programme will start on Friday, September 7th, 2018.
8 modules will be covered on 8 Friday afternoons at Nexus Innovation Centre, University of Limerick.
Second part of the programme will consist of individual work and one-to-one support.
Showcase Day will take place in March 2019 to promote the projects and celebrate the progress made.
What our past participants say?
The programme is delivered in a practical manner and allowed clarity to unfold over the course of our voyage whilst providing objectivity on each step. Michaela Donegan
Hugely beneficial program. Elaine Murphy
BNest helped me see what it was I really wanted to do and gave me a helping hand that I needed. Noel McCarthy
with humanity, supportive of change and redirection, and defined by shared good will, support and the friendship of many. Phyl Guerin
has been an amazing experience. It has enabled me to think about what I am capable of and how I can develop my project to make a difference in the community. Vivienne O'Conor
It has helped to clarify a lot of issues I had at the time.
I’m much clearer on where to go next – our vision is much brighter – you couldn’t buy that!
You couldn’t put a price on thee value we’ve got from BNest Programme.
I also love the fact that the BNest doors are still open for me, even after the programme has finished I can still turn to them for any advice I might need. Suzanne Roche
It’s Not The Idea, It’s What You Do With It
Do have an idea? Is it more than just idea already?
If you do have a passion for changing things for better – please get in touch, by filling out our short application form. Don’t worry about it too much – it’s just the way to start the conversation and help us understand a little what are you trying to do. Once you fill out the applilcation – we will then meet over a cup of coffee to see if we’re good fit for each other.
Let’s make the real change happen.