I took part in the Incubate for Growth programme at Innovate Communities starting in July 2019. It was a vital part of my growth journey, being a newly established business.
“In a nutshell, social innovation is about creating the ideas for change and social enterprise is about the business model for social change. Often, some social innovations become social enterprises” Fiona Descoteaux, CEO and Co-Founder of Innovate Communities
Over 10 months, I received free one-on-one mentoring, desk space in the social innovation hub in Ballymun and access to a wide network of other businesses and relevant contacts. What I gained most from the programme is a sense of community and camaraderie.
The support of Innovate Communities came at a pivotal moment in our journey. After the pandemic derailed our initial business, we were still figuring out our next move when we discovered the Incubate For Growth programme.
Innovate Communities has helped us grow as an organisation in so many ways. The one to ones with Annabelle Conway, social innovation manager at Innovate Communities have been invaluable, giving us guidance and structure throughout our journey.