Kerrie Kavanagh, ACE Enterprise Park with Donie McGrath, ILDN and Jack McCarthy, Paint Reuse Network, at the launch of the SocialiSE Summit 2022. PHOTO: Naoise Culhane

A shout out to social enterprises

Social enterprises in Cork are invited to attend a free summit in Dublin later this month.

Organised by the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN), SocialiSE Summit 2022 is specifically focused on raising awareness and supporting social enterprises.

The event will centre around workshops and discussions on a range of topics such as funding and finance, digital promotion, community development, and social innovation.

Joe Saunders, CEO of the ILDN, said: “Social enterprises do incredible work in Irish communities, providing much needed services while also creating employment in the local area. The SocialiSE Summit 2022 celebrates social enterprise and encourages more development in this sector by raising awareness of the model.”

As business models set up to tackle social, economic or environmental issues, social enterprises engage in commercial activities to pursue these objectives and produce social and community gain. Some are also referred to as work integration social enterprises, supporting disadvantaged people or minorities to prepare for, and participate in, the labour market.

In Ireland more than 30,000 people work in over 1,400 social enterprises.

John Ryan, Higher Executive Officer at the Social Enterprise Unit at Department of Rural and Community Development, said: “We are delighted to be supporting SocialiSE as a key event in the social enterprise calendar. Rural and community development can be fuelled by the innovative, varied and vital work that social enterprises do in regions around Ireland.”

Socialise Summit 2022 is free to attend thanks to the support of the Department of Rural and Community Development, who are supporting the initiative through the ARISE programme, as well as Pobal and the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The event takes place on 29 June at the F2 Centre in Dublin 2. For more, visit