Who can apply?

You must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be resident in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Be enrolled in an Irish third-level institution OR be a recent graduate of an Irish third-level institution (up to 1 year)
  • Be able to fully participate in ALL group sessions.
  • Commit at least 3 hours/week (outside the workshops) to working on your project.
  • Be committed to exploring issues from a global perspective, be ready to dig deep into the problem you are addressing, and be open to having your assumptions challenged.


How is the Program structured?

There are three core strands to the programme:

  1. The Ideas Collective workshops (where the group learning happens)
  2. The Ideas for Change Showcase (where you pitch your project to a panel of judges for cash prizes!) and 
  3. Life Coaching (where you can choose to avail of monthly one-to-one personal development sessions with a Life Coach)

The Ideas Collective workshops take place both online and in-person during summer 2022 on weekends from June to August.

The Ideas for Change Showcase event takes place on the final weekend of the programme, where participants pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in order to win prizes and seed funding. 

The one-to-one Life Coaching sessions run throughout the programme from June to November, once a month, at a time that is convenient for participants. Our coaching programme will allow participants to actively work towards their goals, boost their confidence, provide them with the space to talk through issues and self-reflect, and allow them to gain and improve on skills. We recommend at least six hours of coaching from June – November 2022.

What is the schedule & time commitment?

You’ll be expected to commit a minimum of 3 hours per week outside of the sessions. You’ll also schedule one-to-one time with your personal life coach according to your own availability. The dates scheduled for this summer are below: 

Thurs 2nd June – Welcome Evening (online)

Sat 11 & Sun 12th June: Weekend 1 (in person, Dublin City Centre) 

Sat 25 & Sun 26th June: Weekend 2 (online, mornings)

Sat 16th & Sun 17th July: Weekend 3 (online OR in person TBC)

Sat 6th & Sun 7th August: Weekend 4 (online, mornings)

Sat 20th & Sun 21st August: Weekend 5 (online)

Sat 27th & Sun 28th August: Weekend 6 (in person TBC)

What kind of topics will be covered in the workshops?

You will cover the following topics:

  • Deep dive into understanding local & global challenges through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Understanding & unpacking ‘wicked’ problems 
  • Cultivating the mindsets for taking action
  • Using Design Thinking approaches for social innovation
  • Creative brainstorming techniques 
  • Building & testing prototypes
  • Marketing your project
  • Communicating & pitching your idea 
  • Building your network 
  • Managing change and positive team-building
Do I need a specific idea to apply?

No! This year’s Ideas Collective program focuses on building the skills, attributes and confidence to become a changemaker and social innovator. You can join the program with many ideas, or none at all – what we do ask is that you bring an open mind, a readiness to learn and be challenged, and a commitment to taking meaningful action.

We also ask that you come prepared to dig deep into one or more of the thematic areas being explored this year. These thematic areas are: 

Women & Gender Equality 

Migration & Intergration 

Global Health 

Sustainable Cities

Climate Justice 

Discrimination & Stereotypes 

What thematic areas will we be tackling?

We will be working together to design action-focused interventions in the following thematic areas:

  1. Women & Gender Equality 
  2. Migration & Integration 
  3. Climate Justice
  4. Sustainable Cities 
  5. Discrimination & Stereotypes
Will it be online or in person?

The 2022 program will take a hybrid approach, with some sessions in person, and some sessions online. We hope this makes it accessible to students across the country who are not in a position to travel for every session. But we also know how important it is to come together!

How are participants selected?

Once an application has been submitted, the applicant will be invited for a short interview to assess suitability and clarify expectations of the program. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis once applications are open.  Places will also be offered on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. 

How much does it cost - and what’s included in the price?

The full cost of the programme is over €500 – but is heavily subsidised for participants thanks to support from Irish Aid. Prices can be found below:

EARLY BIRD (until 23rd April)

Students* €55 / Recent Grads** €65 / Non-students €235

LATE BIRD  (until 24th May)

Students* €70 / Recent Grads** €80 / Non-students €250

20 % discount per person available for group applications up to four people.

*Students must be due to graduate 2023 or later.

**Recent grads must have graduated in 2021


Included in the cost is: 

  • 45+ hours of training and workshops spread over weekends throughout the summer (Jun, Jul, Aug) 
  • Your own dedicated 1-to-1 coach for six months (Jun-Nov)
  • Talks & guidance by experienced entrepreneurs and experts
  • The chance to develop valuable personal and professional skills
  • Support and resources from STAND staff and their peers in the collective
  • Support in developing your pitch and the opportunity to win €1000 of seed funding for your project
How can I find out more/apply?

Find out more:

Register your interest. You’ll receive an info pack and will be kept up to date with course developments, schedules and deadlines.


To apply for the Ideas Collective,  fill out the application form here.


The deadline for Round 1 Applications is 5PM MONDAY 25th APRIL 2022. Early bird rates apply!

The deadline for Round 2 applications* is 5PM TUESDAY 24th MAY 2022. Full price rates apply. 

*Please note that places are offered on a rolling basis. Round 2 applications will only open in the event that spaces have not been filled in Round 1. As places are limited, early application for Round 1 is encouraged!

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged! There will be a competitive recruitment process with individual / group interviews taking place from March onwards.

If you have questions about any aspect of the programme, please get in touch with our Activities Coordinator Caitriona, at caitriona@stand.ie.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here email caitriona@stand.ie