This national competition will give you cash for solving social issues

€300k in funding is up for grabs

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland launched their 2017 Awards Programme today.

Supported by DCC plc they are calling for applications with ideas to create "positive, social change in Ireland".

Eight winners will receive €300,000 in funding, while 15 people with early-stage ideas will win a place at the Academy for Social entrepreneurs.

Previous winners include the brains behind FoodCloud - an app that connects shops with too much food with charities who need it in an effort to eliminate food waste - and Irish Men's Sheds Association.

Speaking at the launch, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Darren Ryan said: "We support people who have an entrepreneurial drive, people who think big and have the ambition and energy to see their ideas realised, so that the social problem they are tackling may one day be a thing of the past."

CEO of DCC plc Tommy Breen said: "We strongly believe in the work of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. It is a great privilege to play a role in assisting Ireland's brightest and most ambitious entrepreneurs who are dedicated to making a positive impact on our society.

Applications are open now, and close at 5pm on March 29th. Find out more at www.socialentrepreneurs.ie.