Business for Social Impact

The Showcase

9 Social Enterprises unveil their projects in an Online Showcase full of the feel good factor.

Participants from ISBC’s Incubator Programme have reached the end of their dedicated social enterprise programme, ‘Business for Social Impact’.

The range of challenges tackled in the 2020 Programme is very diverse. These range from creativity and wellness in young children, upper limb stroke rehabilitation, enhancing fitness in the older generations to a community centric arts hub and much more. Participants came from throughout Munster (Cork, Kerry and Limerick) and demonstrated great resilience to driving their projects on through the midst of the covid pandemic.

The programme, designed specifically to create and develop sustainable businesses that make positive social impact is run in cooperation with SECAD in Midleton. Since January this year participants have been immersed in educational workshops, sessions with consultants and mentors and on July 16 their progress was unveiled via an Online Showcase.


Guest speakers on The Showcase were Ray Burke of Active Connections CLG, Maeve Murphy from Cork Craft and Design and Rory Allen from Ballymaloe House. All offered invaluable tips and insights into growing social enterprises in Ireland today.

The Host of the event was the charismatic Richard Lynch and the team filming behind the scenes was the highly skilled Social Stories.


WATCH THE FULL SHOWCASE HERE and find out more about the individual enterprises below.

Programme Participants

An Súgán
Tim Twomey

The Museum of the Irish Language and Gaelic Revival, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh” will be located where Coláiste na Mumhan, the first Irish Teachers’ Training College, began in 1904. Events here in Ballingeary were to be instrumental in the energising of the Independence movement through the unifying influence of the Irish language. It is a great story! This social enterprise represents a cultural, historical and educational resource for residents and cultural tourists alike as well as providing a hub around which other regenerative projects can grow in this community..

Coach Clare
Clare Mc Sweeney

At WePlay, we are reimagining and revolutionising the way children experience sport, physical activity and P.E. As an education provider, we partner with primary schools for teaching of the P.E. curriculum to their pupils through our fun focused online programmes. Our mission is for every child to have access to enjoyable activity experiences and empowering them be active for life.

Lionheart Gateway
Ciara Josephine Kennedy

Lionheart Gateway makes meditation fun, easy and adventurous supporting wellbeing, creativity and eco-innovation through a story-game app and product portfolio range. Our mission is to create quality, purpose-driven, pioneering products and experiences that positively impact young people’s wellbeing while giving full range to their creativity. With our eco-range inspiring an attitude shift towards nature & the environment.

Slánú Stroke Rehab
Susan Forde

Slánú Stroke Rehab is a social enterprise that provides an intensive, upper limb neuro-rehabilitation service to people after stroke. The purpose of the service is to coach/train people who have had a stroke on how to work on improving the use of their affected hand in everyday activities (eg driving, using cutlery, cycling, typing, fishing, DIY). This is done through a tailored coaching programme where the clients learn how to target and work on their personal challenges.

Alt Camp
Ken Baird

AltCamp aims to make it more accessible for everyone to go camping and more often. The benefits of camping are well documented and include fresh air, exercise, less stress, socialization, and decreases depression and anxiety. It is one of the most effective ways of restoring your mental health.

Maide Uisce – FittStick
Martin Forrest

Maide Uisce aims at improving socialisation, wellness and personal safety in the over 50s trough: 1. Stickercise-fitness programme using the shillelagh 2. Personal protection/ self defence 3. Fit Stick Walking programmes 4. Shillelagh Social Clubs

Ulick Training Wheels
Ulick O’Beirne

We offer cycling coaching and bicycle mechanics training to community groups and schools. Our organisation aims to empower communities to create better cycling infrastructure and supports for the purposes of access, recreation, and connectivity.

Kitchen Express
Zelie Houlihan

The aim of the project is to establish an Affordable Nutritious Takeaway Service in regeneration areas. This initiative will facilitate healthy eating and contribute positively to health and well-being. Menus are planned following local residents preferences and guidance from dieticians.

Greywood Arts CLG
Jessica Bonenfant

Greywood Arts is an artist’s residency and creative hub. We create a welcoming space for people to come together, exchange ideas, learn and grow through our community arts projects, cultural events and Killeagh’s May Sunday festival.





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