Upcoming Events

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Wednesday,
9 May 2018
18:00-21:00

Bank of Ireland Workbench
125 O’Connell Street
Limerick

BNest Ask&Advise Evening 

Immediately after our first Ask&Advise event, we knew we had to do it again!

Now, we are delighted to announce Chris M Gordon will be back to host our second Ask&Advise session in May!

Read more about the last event: 
http://bnest.ie/askadvise-what-is-is-about/
http://bnest.ie/guest-post-askadvise-evening/ 

Let us know you’re coming, via whatever medium is most convinient for you:

Friday,
1 June 2018

Applications opening for
2018/19 Incubator Programme
 

Applications for our next incubator programme will open on 1st June.

If you’re interested in applying, please check out the details here: http://bnest.ie/incubator and please get in touch if you have any questions.

 

Saturday,
9 June 2018

10:00-14:00

Nexus Innovation Centre
Limerick

Social Enterpreneurship – A Path for Me?

Half-day Workshop

Half-day interactive workshop to help you explore the social enterprise space, to understand a little more of the possibilities it might offer you.

This half-day workshop requires no pre-work nor even a hard idea you want to act on. Rather it provides a safe environment to learn something of the needs to succeed in that space, to help you clarify your own thinking on options it might offer you and how you might start out on such a journey.

Past Events

Thursday,
13 March 2018
15:30-17:30

Nexus Innovation Centre
Limerick

BNest Showcase 

2017/18 Programme

We ran this open event to showcase our 2017/18 Social Enterprise Incubator Programme participants. 

How it went...

It was certailnly one of the most memorable days of the 2017/2018 incubator programme – it was great to see our participants present their project and the progress they have made since September.

Read more in our Blog Post.

We would like to thank our participants for making this programme so enjoyable, Nexus Innovation Centre for helping us to make it happen, to our guest speakers for sharing their experiences and everyone who joined us on the day to show the support!

Tuesday,
20 February 2018
18:30-20:30

Bank of Ireland Workbench
125 O’Connell Street
Limerick

BNest Connect Workshop 

Believe, Plan, Promote – Marketing for Social Enterprises 

Social enterprises have to tackle different issues and marketing activities are often fall somewhere down the to-do list… Our workshop will provided practical guidelines on how to promote social good, show the impact you have and how to stand out from the crowd. 

Thursday,
11 January 2018

Nexus Innovation Centre
Limerick

BNest Connect Workshop 

Social Enterprise Governance

An event to “unravel the mess” of company structure, compliance and funding.

How it went...

Our four speakers gave their practical insights into the complexity that can haunt social enterprises – there was a lot to take in, but we hope everynone went home with some new information or contact made. 

Once again, big thanks to our speakers for sharing their knowledge and experience.

Our speakers were:

Diarrmiud O’ Corrbui CEO of Carmichael Centre, one of the pre-eminent organisations in the country striving to build a stronger charity and not for profit sector, Diarmaid is known as one of the most authoritative and practical voices in Ireland on good governance and company structures.

Diarrmiud’s Presentation

Pat Sheehan Based in Limerick, Pat is a partner with BDO and a specialist in taxation. Pat has extensive experience in the implications for choices people make in how they structure enterprises and the potential implications that come from those choices.

Pat’s Presentation

Caroline Egan CEO Cramdentech, a company she established in 2013, that draws together over 20 years of experience in corporate governance, business management, eLearning, training, instructional design to provide a range of tools and training to assist with good governance and effective boards.

Sarah Hofmayer from Austria is currently A PhD student (IRC scholar) at NUI Galway. She is working on a comparative study on the impact of the regulations of work integration social enterprises in three countries (Austria, Ireland, Italy). Sarah’s background lies in law, human rights and social work and she brings a unique insight into how Ireland currently deals with the challenges in this area.

Sarah’s Presentation

Tuesday
5 December 2017

Bank of Ireland Workbench
125 O’Connell Street
Limerick

BNest “Ask & Advise” Evening 

We are delighted to introduce a series of “Ask & Advise” events (read: chat, networking and problem solving over pizza and beer).

If you have a question to ask, problem to be solved, want to share your expertise, get involved in worthy initiatives or simply make some interesting connections – Ask&Advise Evening is the place to be! 

How it went...

It was a great buzz!

Brilliant suggestions, outside-the-box ideas and usefull contacts were shared on the night – it was great energy and we hope everyone enjoyed the interaction.

Huge thanks to Chris MM Gordon of SocEnt.ie for runnign the  show! 

Guest post by Chris MM Gordon

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
21 November 2017

Nexus Innovation Centre
Limerick

BNest Connect Seminar 

The Challenges of Social Enterprise Funding 

An evening to give insights into the challenges around funding social aimed at those involved or contemplating setting up a social enterprise.

How it went...

The evening consisted of a brief series of short presentations followed by a panel discussion open to the floor.

We would like to thank our guests for sharing their knowledge and experience:

• Rose Hally, Community Finance
• Claire Jordan, Ballyhoura Development Company
• Elaine Murphy, consultant and active social entrepreneur
• Eamon Ryan, BNest Social Enterprise Incubator

 

Eamon Ryan, BNest Social Enterprise Incubator

Rose Hally, Community Finance

Claire Jordan, Ballyhoura Development Company

Elaine Murphy, consultant and active social entrepreneur

Thursday,
14th September 2017

Nexus Innovation Centre
Limerick

BNest 2017/18 Launch Event

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

Sunday,
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!

Tuesday,
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!

Monday,
21st August 2017

Nexus Innovation Centre
Limerick

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.

Tuesday,
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”.

Read more...

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.

Agenda:

– “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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