Out of all start-ups,
about a quarter are
businesses for social impact 

serving a wide variety of society needs in Ireland – employment creation, fighting rural isolation, access to quality education and supporting mental health to name a few.

Our mission is to help foster a growing community of viable, robust & socially impactful businesses and individuals in Ireland.

Applied Learning

Our supports link best business practice with academic research to meet the challenges of real-life business. 


There are many ways to support businesses for social impact and we believe collaboration is the key. 


By supporting businesses for social impact we constantly learn and share our insights to enhance our impact.

Who we support?


Any business or endeavour where the social impact matters at least as much as the financial goals of the organisation.


Among those so far supported

Siul Eile

helping tackle rural isolation by facilitating people to interact in a simple way through exploring their own communities and environments.

Wave Makers

working to create a focal point for the arts and craft community in West Cork.

Tait House

creating a sustainable future for the people of Limerick, making it a great place to live, work, play, learn & invest.

Carers Network Ireland

addressing increasing mental health issues in care sector, by providing services and creating supportive community.

Irish Criminal | Civil Justice and Disability Network

improving the experience of individuals with an intellectual / learning / physical disability who engage with the criminal justice system.

and many more.

Upcoming Programmes & Events

Some of our events are open to general public and some are designed specifically for those involved in setting up or running social businesses. 

Most of our events take place in ISBC partners locations: Limerick, Skibbereen, Midleton, Tralee, Listowel, Dingle and Ennis.

Please sign up to our mailing list and follow us on social media to get notifications about all incoming events and programmes.

Incubator Programme

Applications are now open for our 2020 Incubator Programme in Midleton, Co. Cork


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.

Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

Our goal is to:




Get in touch!

Whether you are an emerging business with social impact, a support organisation, a researcher, someone involved in CSR or simply interested in this sector – let’s connect!

Limerick Office

Nexus Innovation Centre
Tierney Building
University of Limerick

+353 (0) 61 332 929


Skibbereen Office

Ludgate Hub
Townshend Street, 
Skibbereen, Co. Cork, 

+353 (0) 89 943 62 78 

ISBC is supported by Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund