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Social enterprises are organisations whose mission is to have a positive effect on society. They generate revenue through their products or services and reinvest their profits back into their social mission. Social enterprises develop solutions to Ireland’s most pressing social issues by creating jobs, tackling disadvantage and supporting community development.

In January 2018, Social Innovation Fund of Ireland launched the Social Enterprise Development Fund to find and back the best social enterprises in Ireland. The fund is run in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland, with the support IPB insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts Fund