Creative Spark and Champion Changemakers

Creative Spark and Champion Changemakers
Stephen Hurley Posted by Stephen Hurley on the 02 Aug 2022

Creative Spark is delighted to be a partner in a number of projects. Earlier in the year, our team members Ciara Breen and Niamh Gregory travelled to Tangent in Trinity College Dublin for the first project partner meeting of Champion Changemakers.

Champion Changemakers is a collective of a number of enterprise and community groups nationwide with the mission to identify and solve social or economic challenges in their local area. They aim to achieve this by hosting ‘hackathon’ type events. Creative Spark Downtown Hub are delighted to be a participating member and will host their own hackathon event in the Hub on Clanbrassil Street later this year. Local community groups, societies, networks and special interest organisations in the Louth area are invited to get involved with the hackathon in Creative Spark Downtown Hub on the 23rd-25th September.

The purpose of the Champion ChangemakersTM weekends is to promote the role of social enterprise in local communities.  Individuals will not need to have any experience of business or social enterprise, but will be driven by a passion to make a real difference in their own communities and beyond. 

During the weekend, ideas generated and agreed on as offering opportunities to be transformed into viable products or services will be concept-tested, validated and developed out for commercial suitability, possibly even leading to the setting up of sustainable non-profit business.

Individuals, community organisations, networks or special interest groups are all encouraged to take part. 

Teams will be shortlisted to participate in a national event with ideas considered to be viable and offering a real social enterprise opportunity judged at a national pitching session on October 20th, hosted at the Innovate Communities Social Innovation Hub, Dublin 11.

The chosen overall winning team will benefit from a bursary of supports to set them on their founder journey towards the establishment of a sustainable, successful and impact-driven social enterprise.

If you would like to get involved with us at Champion Changemakers as a participant, facilitator or mentor, click here