On Thursday 19th February, Michelle and I attended a Start-Up Galway Tech Meetup event on Social Entrepreneurship held in Busker Brownes – guest speakers were Iseult Ward (CEO, Foodcloud) and Colman Farrell (Co-Founder, SSE Ireland) and the event was sponsored by Bank of Ireland.
Iseult Ward is co-founder and CEO of Foodcloud. She explained that Foodcloud is a community-based social enterprise which brings food businesses and charities together through an easy-to-use and reliable platform, matching those with too much food with those who have too little. To date, Foodcloud have facilitated the redistribution of 123 tonnes of surplus food to a growing network of charities right around Ireland. She was listed in Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders for 2014, and along with Foodcloud co-founder Aoibheann O’Brien was the Irish winner at the Ben & Jerry’s and Ashoka “Join Our Core” competition in 2014.
Colman Farrell is co-founder and Director of Learning at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, supporting individuals who are starting and growing social enterprises and community organisations through action-learning courses. Before SSE Ireland, Colman was the co-founder and CEO of Suas Educational Development, a multiple-award winning Irish education focused non-profit supporting programmes in Ireland, India and Kenya. Colman received a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award in 2005, was a member of the International Visitors Leadership Programme in 2009, and received an Arthur Guinness Fund Award in 2010.
There was a good turnout at this event hosted by Barry O’Sullivan, CEO of Altocloud, with some networking and light finger food served.
Caroline Dowling, Recruitment Consultant