Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Workshops: Turning Ideas Into Reality!

A 2-day workshop helping bring you along the social entrepreneurship journey from idea to launch!
About this event
This past June, you may have caught our online discussion with Foody, AtYourService, and Ideas2Life founder Argyris Argyrou alongside award-winning fashion designer Hussein Chalayan. After an inspiring chat with them on entrepreneurship and innovation, we’re delighted to bring you a 2-day workshop on how to start and grow your social business idea!
This 2-day workshop will cover everything from coming up with an idea for a startup that tackles a social or environmental challenge to turning that idea into a business and scaling it! We’ll be joined by expert individuals and organisations from around the island who will deliver 7 total sessions across both days.
***This 2-day workshop will be offered both and in-person and virtual. For those who want to attend the workshop in-person, please select the in-person ticket option (limited spots available). For those who would like to tune-in virtually, please select the virtual ticket option. Please note that there will be some in-person activities that will be interactive and we may not be able to conduct virtually through Zoom. However, virtual participants will still gain insights and learnings from watching/listening along.
Day 1 – Friday, 8 October 2021 from 16:00 – 19:00 – Join Zoom Meeting here:
Day 2 – Saturday, 9 October 2021 from 10:00 – 16:30 – Join Zoom Meeting:

Detailed Agenda:
​16:00 – 16:15 – Welcome and Introductions
​16:15 – 17:15 – Session 1 – Beginning your social entrepreneurship journey
​Overview: What is a social enterprise? How does a social enterprise differ from philanthropic ventures and traditional businesses? What does a social entrepreneur do? What is social good? What is a hybrid model?
17:15 – 17:30 – Coffee Break
​​17:30 – 19:00 – Session 2 – How to generate ideas that solve problems?
​Overview: Ideation best practices, tips and tricks, and tools (templates, methodologies) . Discover your space/issue or area to develop innovative ideas to tackle with that specific issue.
10:00 -10:15 – Good Morning Welcome
10:15 – 11:45 – Session 3 – Turning your idea into a social business
​Overview: How to develop a business model/plan and seek funding options (Social BMC)
​11:45 – 12:45 – Session 4 – Growing and scaling your social venture
​Overview: The process of sustaining a social enterprise/innovative idea for social good and how to access funds and resources?
12:45 – 13:15 – Lunch Break
​13:45 – 14:15 – Session 5 – Creating & engaging your community
​Overview: How to be a part of online/physical community to explore the purpose of your enterprise – next steps, moving forward, real life
​14:15 – 15:30 – Session 6 – Inspiration from abroad (Part 1)
​Overview: Social Enterprises around the word (with Northern Ireland success story). Northern Ireland Local Enterprise Model case study (social Innovation and entrepreneurship, community engagement in conflict environments). Uncover the challenges and best practices in the field of social entrepreneurship
15:30 – 15:45 – Coffee Break
​15:45 – 16:30 – Session 7 – Inspiration from abroad (Part 2)
​Overview: Background to Northern Ireland Local Enterprise Programme. Enterprise Northern Ireland – Structure and Set Up. Enterprise Centers – What are they & Where are they located. Enterprise Centers – Services Provided & Programme Delivery. Social Enterprise Hubs – Physical & Capability Development Social and economic value

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