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Minister Simon Coveney T.D. Launches €1 million THINKTECH initiative to use technology for social good in Ireland

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Minister Simon Coveney T.D. Launches €1 million THINKTECH initiative to use technology for social good in Ireland

June 21
14:01 2016

THINKTECH, a €1 million project to support and grow ideas for a better Ireland, was today officially launched at The Foundry, Google by Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Simon Coveney, T.D.  Created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland with support from Google.org and the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, the unique THINKTECH challenge will identify innovative ideas that use technology to create positive social impact in Ireland.

 

Social Innovation Fund Ireland, and Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google which invests in teams with bold ideas that create lasting global impact, believe that technology has the power to transform our lives for the better. Successful participants will have access to an award fund of up to €750,000, which consists of €600,000 in grants and up to €150,000 worth of support and mentoring, plus a package of Google supports. They will also enter a five month programme with Social Innovation Fund Ireland with support from Google.org.

 

Social enterprises, charities, and other not-for-profits are eligible for participation. Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they will use both technology to make Ireland better and help solve critical social issues in an innovative way. Proposals should have already demonstrated progress towards measurable social impact; have the ability to scale across Ireland and could use a wide range of technology solutions including hardware, software, an online platform or an app.

 

CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland, Deirdre Mortell said: “We are delighted to team up with Google.org for THINKTECH. This project shines a light on the potential for social enterprises to use technology to solve critical social issues and create a better Ireland. Since Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s launch in January this year, the organisation has grown from strength-to-strength, and through this collaboration with Google.org & the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, we have been able to provide a €1 million Fund and a unique platform to promote social innovations.  This project also highlights the benefits of private and public sector organisations working together to make a better Ireland.”

THINKTECH is now calling for applications until July 31st, please visit www.socialinnovation.ie

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