€200,000 awarded to three Irish social entrepreneurs

By: November 12, 2013
John Evcoy - founder of Irish Men's Sheds Association John Evcoy - founder of Irish Men's Sheds Association

The 2013 winners of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards, sponsored by DCC plc, have been announced.

President Michael D. Higgins presented the awards to the three ‘Impact Award’ winners; John Evoy of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, John Kearney of Irish Community Rapid Response and Krystian Fikert of mental health charity MyMind. Each Impact winner was awarded €200,000 for their organisations.

A further five social entrepreneurs received €32,000 each in the ‘Elevator Award’ category. They were Natasha and Toby Haslam Hopwood of The Galtee Clinic, Peter Johnson of Jobnet, Graham Jones of Solas Project, Brian McCormick of Adtruism and Mags Mullarney of Move4Parkinson’s.

“It is a great privilege to play a role in supporting Ireland’s brightest and most ambitious entrepreneurs working to have a positive impact on our society.”
Over the last eight years Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has supported 161 social entrepreneurs, investing €4.9 million in their projects, and providing significant additional supports. These in turn have directly impacted over 200,000 people across Ireland and created over 800 employment opportunities in the process,” says CEO of DCC Tommy Breen.

The full list of winners is here.