Tallaght based social entrepreneur Dr Francesca La Morgia, founder of Mother Tongues received the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Award at an event in Dublin city centre recently. Mother Tongues creates and delivers training and informative resources in the areas of multiculturalism and bilingualism. Mother Tongues was one of five organisations to win a place on the SEI Impact Programme in August 2021 after the programme drew more than 110 applications from all corners of Ireland. In 2022 alone, Francesca and team have reached over 2,000 children and their families through their diverse programme of events based in Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre.
The SEI Impact Programme is a nine-month accelerator programme that identifies high-potential social entrepreneurs and supports them through significant funding and mentoring, as well as providing access to a network of support. The 2021-2022 Impact Awardees received training in areas such as fundraising, governance, leadership, and storytelling, in addition to €20,000 in direct, unrestricted funding.
Commenting, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Tim Griffiths said: “Over the past nine months, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has invested in, supported and grown five promising social entrepreneur-led organisations. We are hugely inspired by what the Impact Awardees are doing to improve people’s lives across Ireland. Social entrepreneurs are integral to spotting problems that might otherwise be hidden, and creating innovative solutions. We look forward to seeing what our Impact Awardees achieve next.”
Since its foundation in 2004, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has supported more than 500 social entrepreneurs across the country to move from idea to action and develop solutions that are transforming Ireland’s approach to social problems. Alumni of SEI include AsIAm, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, FoodCloud, Grow Remote, jumpAgrade, Ó Cualann and The Shona Project.
For more information on the 2021-2022 Impact Awardees and the work of SEI, visit socialentrepreneurs.ie.