Limerick social entrepreneur in line for major award

Limerick social entrepreneur in line for major award

In the running for award: Diarmuid Hudner of

A LIMERICK-based social entrepreneur has been shortlisted for a major award.

Diarmuid Hudner, of Cybersmarties, a social network aimed at schoolchildren, is in the running for the annual Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award.

Based at The Crescent, Diarmuid employs six people in the business, a Facebook-like social network, which is administered by school teachers to provide a safe space for kids,

More than 170 entries were received to the social funding competition, with Diarmuid one of just 50 people invited to attend a special bootcamp in Dublin’s RDS.

Here, Diarmuid received expert coaching during workshops and talks specially designed to further the understanding of business methods such as fundraising, branding, media and networking.

Participants were given 15 minutes to pitch their project to a panel of judges.

Following the bootcamp, 18 applicants – including Diarmuid – were chosen to proceed to the next stage of the selection process.

The contest will this year be providing €420,000 in direct funding to nine social entrepreneurs.

In addition, direct support valued at €180,000 will be made available to successful applicants ensuring that they are equipped to bring their vision to fruition as soon as possible and have a positive impact on their respective communities and beyond.

The chief executive of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Darren Ryan said: “We have been inspired by the calibre of applicants for this year’s Awards and the incredible impact that social entrepreneurs are having all over the island.”

The successful applicants will be announced at a gala ceremony in October 2016.

Diarmuid is also in line for a similar Bank of Ireland sponsored prize.

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