SIFI’s first year of operation, looking back and a look ahead
Today, 27th January 2017, marks our first official year in operation at Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI). We reached a number of key milestones in 2016 that have encouraged us to be more ambitious in our aspirations for 2017. Through a combination of donations from multinational corporations, indigenous legal firms, individuals and SME’s, we have successfully raised €1 million in 12 months. By the end of 2017, we intend to surpass this figure and raise a further €1.5 million in philanthropic funds.
Our CEO Deirdre Mortell Said: “2016 has been a great year for Social Innovation Fund Ireland from our three key product launches to the strengthening of our Board. During the past year we have reached some key milestones including developing Ireland’s first ever Technology For Good Fund, launched Ireland’s first ‘non-profit Accelerator’ in the form of Animate awards and were named in the Programme for Government. Our Education Fund is now open for applications until February 24th. Looking ahead to 2017, it is important that we continue to build on the donation momentum and work to an ambitious plan. I would ask corporate Ireland to strongly considering working with SIFI and help us reach our €1.5 million target for 2017, which is the matched by Government.”
A key aim for 2017 is to attract more funding from Irish companies. To help meet this objective we have added two exceptionally experienced members to our Board , Alf Smiddy and Dalton Philips, to help drive the growth and development of SIFI.
SIFI has launched three key strategic programmes in the past year, Animate (January), THINKTECH (June), and the Education Fund (November). Each programme aims to drive and support social innovations – identifying and spreading solutions we need to key social issues. The first winners of the inaugural Animate Programme that supports early stage innovations and projects to get to the next stage of their development were granted funds to the value of €75,000 to include financial and non-financial supports that target growth. A year on, Animate awardees have raised a combined total of €316,859 for next stage development.
2016 also saw the launch of THINKTECH, a €1 million programme supported by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, Google.org and Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government that identified innovative ideas that use technology to create positive social impact in Ireland. Both programmes, which demonstrate SIFI’s mission to create the world’s best ecosystem for social innovation, highlight the first’s year’s progress by SIFI to support and grow the social innovation sector in Ireland.
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SIFI’s first year of operation, looking back and a look ahead Today, 27th January 2017, marks our first official year in operation at Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI). We reached a number of key milestones in 2016 that have encouraged us to be more ambitious in our aspirations for 2017. Through a combination of donations from … Continue reading Our first Anniversary – One year in Operation
Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: “To be in a position to support and encourage innovative solutions to such fundamental social challenges is what good government is about.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Four innovative projects which use technology to tackle chronic social issues like homelessness and food waste have been selected for Ireland’s first ever “thinktech” … Continue reading THINKTECH Winners Announced
Finalists of THINKTECH €1 million project to develop ideas for a better Ireland announced Ideas to combat cyber bullying, social isolation of the elderly, and develop a new education path for early school leavers among finalists THINKTECH Initiative supported by Google.org and Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government Dublin, 22nd September, 2016: THINKTECH, a … Continue reading Finalists Announced for THINKTECH
Minister Simon Coveney T.D. Launches €1 million THINKTECH initiative to use technology for social good in Ireland 21st June 2016: THINKTECH, a €1 million project to support and grow ideas for a better Ireland, was today officially launched at Google Foundry by Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Simon Coveney, T.D. Created by Social … Continue reading THINKTECH launched 21 June 2016 by Minister Simon Coveney T.D.
In the first of our Video Blog series, Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, explains our newest Programme THINKTECH. THINKTECH is a €1 Million fund to support and grow ideas for a better Ireland. Created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland with support from Google.org and the Irish Government. It identifies ideas that … Continue reading Deirdre Mortell, CEO, on THINKTECH, Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s newest programme