‘Business for Social Impact’
Incubator Programme

November 2020 – March 2021

Are you passionate about solving a social issue?

Our ‘Business for Social Impact’ Incubator Programme in partnership with Innovate Communities, is starting online in Dublin, in November 2020 and applications are open now!
Our Incubator Programme is designed specifically to create and develop sustainable businesses that make positive social impact.

This edition, run in partnership with Innovate Communities, will be run online and include a series of interactive workshops, mentorship, personal journey support and more – all customised to each participant’s unique journey. 

This Incubator is unique – it was designed specifically to create and develop sustainable businesses that make positive social impact.

Applications closing Date: 8pm Friday 16 October 2020








Why is this programme right for me?

During this Incubator Programme we bring to you experts in all areas of social business, providing a space to discover the possibilities, explore the options and map out the pathway that fits to you and your business.

It is also a unique opportunity to be part of a group of like-minded people, sharing and learning from each other as you go through the programme and beyond!

14 Half-day Workshops

The initial part of the programme is a series of collective workshops, delivered online over 5 consecutive weeks.
You will be working with a small group of fellow social entrepreneurs – focusing on your own individual enterprise, but also learning from each other.

One-To-One Sessions with Consultants

During your one to one sessions with our social business experts, you will begin to pin down a step by step plan specific to you and your business. Whether it is strategy session or marketing support – we have experts on hand to help with your project.

Access to Support Network

As history shows, the biggest successes come from collaboration. What makes the ISBC programme strong is our ability to connect emerging social entrepreneurs with those who can help them – whether it is another social entrepreneur, a business advisor, a potential founder or a mentor.

Support on Your Personal Journey

Building a start-up can feel very isolating and it certainly requires a huge amount of resilience. We understand that and resilience workshops and one-to-one support are there for you throughout the full length of the programme.

Marketing Package

We understand how important it is for any company (and especially for start-ups) to send the right message out to the world. Depending on your project needs – we provide help producing marketing materials.

Pitch Preparation

Towards the end of the programme you might be ready to pitch your project to the founders, buyers, government agencies etc. We will create a realistic simulation of the pitch with a panel of real funders, so you can gain important insights from the right people in a safe and supportive environment. We do not offer funding but prepare you for when you are at the funding stage.

Showcase Event

At the end of the programme, we will celebrate the effort and progress made by participants, by organising an Online Showcase. It’s a wonderful opportunity to show the world (often for the first time) the positive impact you make!

What we cover?

ISBC Incubator Programme covers all key areas of developing a social enterprise.

Setting up and developing a social enterprise is always a unique journey and we help those on their journey in a way that works for them – on both personal and enterprise level.

Your Commitment

There is no financial cost for the participants, but we can’t say it’s free…

We ask you to fully commit to participation.

It’s not an easy ask – if you are going to give proper time to this challenge, you have to stop doing something else. There are still seven days in a week after you embark on the programme, just like before. Your presence at the 14 workshops held online is crucial.
Part 2 of the program is ‘one to one’ work and this will be arranged at a time that most suits your schedule.

We also ask you to:

• Willingly share with your fellow participants

• Commit to upholding the integrity of the programme to your fellow participants

• Respect all involved, as you expect others to respect you

• Enjoy and contribute as best you can

Should YOU apply?

Our selection criteria is simple – we want people driven by passion and committed to exploring possibilities..

Are you passionate about creating real social change?

Is your business start-up driven by a strong social goal?

Is your socially focused group evolving into significant business-like activity?

Do you see an opportunity to do something meaningful but not certain how to proceed?

Are you struggling to balance the social impact that drives you with “hard business needs”?

In doing simply what matters to you, have you found yourself becoming “the leader” for others around you?

Application Process & Key Dates

What matters to us is your passion for making positive change.

Application deadline is 16th of October, followed by an interview process. Those offered a place will then commence the program on Monday 2nd of November

The following dates are crucial, so please check your availability beforehand: 


Week 1

Mon 2nd Nov / Wed 4th Nov / Fri 6th Nov

10am – 12pm each day


Week 2

Mon 9th Nov / Wed 11th Nov / Fri 13th Nov

10am – 12pm each day


Week 3

Mon 16th Nov / Wed 18th Nov / Fri 20th Nov

10am – 12pm each day


Week 4

Tue 24th Nov / Fri 27th Nov

10am – 12pm each day


Week 5

Mon 30th Nov / Wed 2nd Dec / Fri 4th Dec

10am – 12pm each day


Part 2 of the program is ‘one to one’ work and this will be arranged at a time that most suits your schedule.


If you have any questions please contact Annabelle by email, who will be happy to help: Annabelle@innovatecommunities.ie

This is our Showcase from our Cork 2020 Incubator