Dromahair based entrepreneur, Jo Lewis from Inspirational Homes was one of 40 applicants invited to attend a special Bootcamp in a bid to secure a share of €500,000 in funding.
Representing Co Leitrim, Jo had 10 minutes to pitch her potentially game changing ideas to a panel of judges leading to a comprehensive interview process where eight finalists will be selected.
Her project, Inspirational Homes, promotes local options for contemporary, future-proof and sustainable building. It provides the way forward for anyone who has an interest in building, or is renovating in an economic and sustainable way.
It facilitates the chance to view first hand, local, alternative and future-proof building options and to hear how solutions to challenges were found.
As well as providing €500,000 in funding to eight of Ireland’s most promising social entrepreneurs, the 2013 Awards, sponsored by DCC plc, will provide a further €250,000 in professional consultation and support ensuring they are equipped to scale and grow their businesses in order to impact as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
Three social entrepreneurs will be awarded the top level “Impact Award” and €130,000 in direct funding, with over €70,000 worth of advisory support over two years. A further five will receive the “Elevator Award” and €22,000 in direct funding with over €10,000 worth of support over one year.