The Leader, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BNest, the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator Programme in Ireland is an initiative created specifically to support those who make a social impact.

BNest run a number of interactive workshops to help you explore the social enterprise space and to understand a little more of the possibilities it might offer you.

Last weekend, BNest ran a half-day workshop called Social Entrepreneurship – A Path for Me? at the Nexus Centre, University of Limerick. The workshop offered anyone who has an idea or is already running a project that makes a positive social difference to come and learn what they need to fulfil their dream.

BNest was born in 2016 after businessman Eamon Ryan saw a lack of support for businesses caring about social impact as much, or even more, than the financial results. As a result, he created the social enterprise incubator programme based at the Nexus Innovation Centre. Eamon runs the incubator with colleague and marketing consultant Kasia Zabinska.

Eamon tells me, “The journey of starting any business, and particularly socially motivated businesses is actually quite a tough one, so having the opportunity to talk to people who have been on that journey here today is actually a great help in getting people to realise whether or not this journey is for them.” Participant Catherine O’Brien adds, “I work for Ododo which is a social business that helps the parents of children with special needs. I am so glad that I took part in BNest because it has given me the opportunity to really grow my business into a real thing. The support and opportunities are endless with BNest.”

The event was free but BNest asked each participant to contribute €25 towards local charity Milford Hospice.

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