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Past Events

14th September 2017

BNest 2017/18 Launch Event

Here we go again!

The second cohort is starting our Social Enterprise Incubator Programme – please join us at Nexus Innvation Centre in UL to learn more about their ventures, meet people driven by a social change and show your support!

How it went...

Wow, what a great buzz!

It was so nice to meet our new participants and catch up with previous ones. We never cease to be amazed by the energy in the room full of social entrepreneurs!

Thanks to Gert O’Rourke from Nexus Innovation Centre and Dr. Briga Hynes from Kemmy Business School, UL for being with us again today and for your continued support.

We hope everyone have enjoyed the afternoon and we just can’t wait to start working with you – we have amazing people and projects on board again this year – check out our launch brochure to find out more.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

27th August 2017

BNest Social Incubator 2017/18 Applications 

Closing date for the second edition of BNest Social Incubator Programme was Sunday, 27th August 2017. Thanks to all who have applied!

22nd August 2017

The Sallows
Clogheen, Co. Tipperary

Clogheen Information Evening

An information evening to learn about our incubator programme, talk to previous participants and find out more about the application process.

How it went...

We met in Clogheen – home of Siul Eile – one of our 2016/17 programme participants.

It was another very enjoyable evening, talking about social enterprise, personal journeys, goals and challenges… Thanks everyone who have joined us, Noel (Right Steps) and Liam (Siul Eile) for sharing their stories and also The Sallows for having us – amazing venue, so beautiful and friendly! 

21st August 2017

Nexus Innovation Centre

Nexus Information Evening

An information evening to learn about our incubator programme, talk to previous participants and find out more about the application process.

How it went...

Thanks for joining us “at home” in Nexus Inovation Centre for the second of our three information evenings. 

It really felt at home for the last year’s participants – Evelyn from ADD/ADHD Mid-West Support, Noel form Right Steps and Dermot from Doonmoon Care Farm. “Nice to be back here” they all said, sharing their experiences with social enterprise. 


15th August 2017

Ballyhoura Development Company
Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Ballyhoura Information Evening

An information evening to learn about our incubator programme, talk to previous participants and find out more about the application process.

How it went...

Thanks everyone who have joined us at the beautifully renovated Coote Hall Resource Centre in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick.
And of course thanks to Ballyhoura Development CLG for hosting the event and to our previous participants – Elaine Ní Mhurchú and Noel McCarthy for sharing their experiences with BNest and their social enterprise journey.

We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and if you missed it – check out our other information evenings.


24th March 2017

Nexus Innovation Centre,
Tierney Building, UL

BNest 2016/2017 Showcase

BNest, in partnership with Nexus Centre UL have been running a dedicated social enterprise Incubator programme since Sept 2016. In this programme nine emergent social enterprises have been working on both developing and augmenting their social enterprise endeavours.
To showcase these enterprises and the substantial progress they have made, an event is being run to help them display to the Mid West region their endeavours and allow others to view the real social impact they are having on the broader community they serve. In addition to the display booths a short informal presentation will be made by each enterprise.

How it went...

We would like to thank everyone who attended our 2016/2017 Programme showcase day.

It was great to see how far all our participants have progressed in their endeavours.

If you have missed this event, but would like to find out more – please have a look at:

Our blog post

Showcase Brochure

12th December 2016

Nexus Innovation Centre,
Tierney Building, UL

Legal Set-up and Proper Governance for Social Enterprises

An open event for social enterprises entitled “Legal Set-up and proper governance for social enterprises”.


The BNest incubator however doesn’t only help social enterprises within its core group but also seeks to promote social enterprise in the mid west in general. This event is therefore open to any interested individuals or groups who may be thinking about setting up a hybrid or social enterprise in the mid west region.

Eamon Ryan, founder of BNest:

“We have some of the leading minds and experts on social enterprise governance and oversight speaking to our social enterprises and we are delighted to invite any one else who is interested to come along and learn too.”

Among those discussing funding will be:

– Diarrmiud O’Corrbui of Carmichael Centre,

– Pat Sheehan, BDO and

– Caroline Egan, Cramdentech.

The aim of the event is to hopefully encourage would be social entrepreneurs in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary to understand the choices and options on set-up and effective governance of such enterprises.

It is important for both those running social enterprises and providing oversight to understand their functions and responsibilities both for their own personal protection and of their enterprise.


– “Legal Structures for companies and fiduciary duties of company directors”, Diarmuid O’Corrbui, Carmichael Centre Dublin

– “Financial Implications of Social Enterprise Structures”, Pat Sheehan, BDO, Limerick

– “Simplifying Board management for non-technical Directors”, Caroline Egan, Cramdentech

– followed by an open discussion on the challenges and implications of setting up a social enterprise.

8th September 2016

Nexus Innovation Centre,
Tierney Building, UL

BNest 2016/2017 Programme Launch

Launch of the very first intake of companies for the BNest Social Enterprise Incubator in the Mid West.


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Nexus Innovation Centre
Tierney Building
University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland