A&L Goodbody hosts event series to support Ireland’s high potential social entrepreneurs

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A&L Goodbody hosts event series to support Ireland’s high potential social entrepreneurs

Leading corporate law firm A&L Goodbody has hosted the first Social Entrepreneurs Exchange event in support of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), a not-for-profit organisation that identifies, invests in and supports people who have developed new and innovative solutions to societal problems in Ireland.

The event is the first of a series of events to be held throughout the year. Each event gives the entrepreneurs a dedicated session with senior professionals from SEI's corporate support partners to share ideas, tackle issues they may be facing, and develop the strategic and commercial skills required to create successful social organisations.

Attending the event at A&L Goodbody's headquarters were prior awardees from SEI's Annual Awards Programme and representatives from SEI's corporate support partners, including A&L Goodbody, JP Morgan, PEI, Ulster Bank and KPMG. Projects represented tackled societal issues such as mental health, community support for the disabled, sustainable growing, youth support, technology based speech and language therapy and access to creative workspaces for entrepreneurs.

SEI is currently in the process of selecting this year's Awards winners from over 200 applicants, with input from SEI's corporate supporters including 15 lawyers from A&L Goodbody. Those nominated will compete for the top prize of €130,000 in direct funding and over €70,000 worth of support at the SEI Awards in October of this year.

A&L Goodbody has supported Social Entrepreneurs Ireland since 2007, providing the organisation and prior award winners with pro-bono legal advice and assistance. Last year, the law firm formed a new three-year partnership with SEI which includes pro-bono legal counsel and €30,000 in funding, as well as hosting and participating in the Social Entrepreneurs Exchange series.

Commenting on the series, Paul White, Chairman of A&L Goodbody said, "Through our partnership with SEI, we are delighted to be able to engage with social entrepreneurs at an early stage, when they really need a platform to share ideas and receive guidance. Supporting emerging talent in this way is a key part of our commitment to corporate responsibility and is one of the ways our Firm shares our expertise for the good of our community."

A&L Goodbody's partnership with SEI is part of the Firm's StepUp Community Collaboration Programme, through which it collaborates with partner organisations to create opportunities for people most in need in our communities. Community Enterprise is integral to this programme, helping entrepreneurs to achieve social change and create opportunities for themselves and others.

Article Published: 06/08/2013