In business, you’ll be familiar with the importance of innovation, targets and action. You will no doubt have heard about the importance of asking for the sale. These concepts won’t be unfamiliar to any entrepreneur. So do Social Entrepreneurs follow a similar mode? If you’re the Soar Foundation, you most certainly do. It’s so invigorating to hear great ideas put into action. Their own update is better than I could do, so with their permission, I share it here.
If you are inspired by what has been achieved in just two years and would like to be part of the journey then take ACTION by:
1. Recommending us to the school of a young person you love (bear in mind the Soar program is booked out for the rest of this school term but we are taking bookings for September)
2. Create a direct debit to help fund the work. You will receive a monthly update so that you are part of changing our island and know exactly where your MONEY is going.
3. Make a one off donation online or by contacting us at email@example.com to explore a legacy contribution.
4. Create or take part in an event that challenges your comfort zones and do it for Soar and your 15 year old self!
5. Believe in a young person and look out for them. It is not easy to be a young person in a world that has failed them. So tell them you BELIEVE IN THEIR GREATNESS.
For more see: www.Soar.ie
Blueface is a sponsor of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) and the Soar Foundation are SEI Impact Winners.
by Fiona Kearns
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Pictured from (L:R); Brian Martin, Blueface; Janelle Eagleton, Blueface; Jo-Ann Enright, Heneghan PR and Nigel Heneghan, PRCA Chairman and MD, Heneghan PR
Many congratulations from all at Blueface to Heneghan PR, winners of the Best Corporate Communication for Business to Business at the recent Awards for Excellence in Public Relations for their work with Blueface on the Blueface Business Elevator competition last year. Heneghan PR, already known as Ireland’s leading independent public relations and communications consultancy, proved a fantastic asset to us in organising and staging the competition, and we are happy to see this work recognised at an industry level.
Following the event, Nigel Heneghan, MD, Heneghan PR said “We are delighted to win a PR Excellence Award 2013 for the Blueface Business Elevator Competition, which we supported through both sponsorship and a nationwide public relations programme. The campaign not only generated column inches, but successfully lifted the profile of Blueface among a business audience in target areas; supported organisational values; engaged key stakeholders; and led to a number of new business leads for Blueface and its suppliers, including its PR agency.”
The 2012 Blueface Business Elevator campaign took place between May and July of last year and invited Irish start-ups to compete for a prize of €50,000 worth of business services. We are looking forward to holding the competition again later this year with a slightly different format, so stay tuned here for more information.
A highlight of our summer calendar is happening next week with the Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition 2013 on the 18th of June. The event, hosted at the Guinness Enterprise Centre, aims to strengthen participants’ understanding of how to successfully develop and pitch their business plans to potential investors, by putting them in front of a judging panel of leading entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists, who provide constructive feedback on the business ideas themselves as well as the pitches.
We are looking forward to seeing some of the innovative and creative ideas on show – last year’s winner ‘Coindrum’ is a fantastic initiative which allows airline travellers to exchange unwanted loose change for vouchers that can be spent in airport shops.
The competition, now in its second year, is open to early stage entrepreneurs including post-graduate students, students completing their final year of an undergraduate course or who are under the age of 30. Shortlisted candidates received 16 hours of additional training at the DCU Ryan Academy on developing a business model canvas and on creating a winning pitch; before six were selected to progress to the final.
At next Tuesday’s event, finalists will compete for the top prize of €10,000 cash and other supports, including financial advice from Bank of Ireland, incubation space at the Guinness Enterprise Centre/DCU Ryan Academy and an introduction to contact in The Ireland Funds wider network. CEO of Blueface, Alan Foy, will join the judging panel along with entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists from across Ireland and the US.
For more information about the Business Plan Competition, or other upcoming events at The Ireland Funds, check out http://www.theirelandfunds.org/events.
Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1 on the 12th of June 2013
Are you a cultural revolutionary like Roger Casement & Countess Markievicz? Tony Griffin and Karl Swan, founders of SOAR, www.soar.ie an organisation that supports young people fulfil their potential, posed this question to the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Alumni group. Amongst this group who work tirelessly for positive change in Ireland, I already felt unworthy and my turn to speak was coming up soon. Once voiced it seemed obviously true and I was in the midst of cultural revolutionaries. I was blown away. What could I say to heroes?
As a supporter & sponsor of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, I chose to focus on the similarities between Business and Social Entrepreneurs. They are plenty. Vision, Action & Tenacity – apologies it spell VAT! Entrepreneurs have to follow their heart and bring people along with their vision – they stand out from the crowd. In order to do something different and better, that’s what you have to do but it doesn’t mean it’s easy. Indeed, it’s the opposite. It can be lonely, there will be sacrifices and you might fail.
The Alumni day focused on Personal Leadership was very ably hosted by Niamh Gallagher from Women for Election organised by Niamh McKenna and the team at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland including Darren Ryan who doubled as photographer on the day.
Pat Gilroy, MD of Dalkia & former GAA Dublin Football Manager, as keynote speaker, shared his insights into sporting & business success. Pat delivered in a down to earth, candid and understated fashion his model for success with particular focus on performance and purpose. He advocated and demonstrated the importance of being humble as a leader. Sean Coughlan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, pressed Pat on Dublin’s chances this year and Pat with a grin shared that he believed the chances were good. I think any betting people in the room would’ve been checking the odds.
At this Alumni day, there was no doubt, I was amongst a group of leaders and cultural revolutionaries and I was in awe of their courage. How could you not be? To find out more about SEI visit www.socialentrepreneurs.ie
Fiona Kearns, Blueface
Tax Assist, a proud Blueface customer, are offering business owners in Kildare a 3 part seminar series entitled: ‘Running a Successful Business in 2013’.
Two of the remaining seminars are:
- How to Develop An Entrepreneurial Talent Leadership Mindset - 24th April
- Why Most Marketing is Broken and How to Fix It, So You Can Save Money and Double Your Business - 29th May
Winner of Blueface’s Business Elevator Competition, Cristina Luminea (Founder and CEO of Thoughtbox) visited the Newstalk studios last weekend to meet with Bobby Kerr, Entrepreneur and Presenter of Newstalk’s ‘Down to Business’ show.
You can listen to the interview here – Newstalk’s Down to Business podcast July 22nd.
This was Cristina’s first interview on radio following her success at the Elevator final and she explained what the prize would mean to her and the business. “It came at just the right time for the business” “explained Cristina. It’s something every start-up needs, but a lot of the time we’re trying to put take what limited funds we have into our product rathar than acquiring these services ourselves, this is one of the best things to happen to Thoughtbox so far as we are launching in September”
Thoughtbox hope to launch in September 2012. Watch this space for more news on Thoughtbox as we join them on their journey to make Maths fun and exciting for kids of all ages.