Roscommon native and social entrepreneur Mark Kirwan, founder of Positive Carbon received the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Award at an event in Dublin last week, alongside co-founder Aisling Kirwan.
Positive Carbon works with the hospitality and food service industry to reduce their impact on the environment through using its fully automated food waste monitoring technology. The company was one of five organisations to win a place on the SEI Impact Programme in August 2021 after the programme drew more than 110 applications from all corners of Ireland.
The SEI Impact Programme is a nine-month accelerator programme that identifies high-potential social entrepreneurs and supports them through significant funding and mentoring, as well as providing access to a network of support.
The 2021-2022 Impact Awardees received training in areas such as fundraising, governance, leadership, and storytelling, in addition to €20,000 in direct, unrestricted funding.
Over the past year, Positive Carbon has commenced work with some of the largest hotels, universities, food service providers and multinationals in Ireland, preventing hundreds of kilos of food from reaching the bin, and helping customers increase their kitchen profits by two per cent due to this reduced wastage.
By the end of the year, Positive Carbon plans to be operating in 100 locations across the country, and to have removed 250,000 kilos of Co2 from the atmosphere.
Commenting, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Tim Griffiths said: “Over the past nine months, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has invested in, supported and grown five promising social entrepreneur-led organisations.
“We are hugely inspired by what the Impact Awardees are doing to improve people’s lives across Ireland. Social entrepreneurs are integral to spotting problems that might otherwise be hidden, and creating innovative solutions. We look forward to seeing what our Impact Awardees achieve next”.