Calling all changemakers and innovators! Have you got an idea that addresses a social or environmental problem? Are you interested in designing innovative solutions which work to achieve one (or more!) of the Sustainable Development Goals?

Then the Ideas Collective is for you. 


The Ideas Collective is STAND’s social incubator programme for students and recent graduates. We take participants on a 3 month programme of training, mentorship and coaching to help you build on, refine, test and implement your idea for social or environmental change. 


All participants of the programme have the opportunity to compete to win seed funding of €1000 to get your project off the ground.

The 2021 programme is currently in progress. To be stay up to date for next year’s programme, register your interest below.

You are invited to join STAND for the Ideas for Change Pitching and Awards ceremony!

Ideas for Change is the Final Event and Awards Ceremony for participants of the Ideas Collective 2021. The Ideas Collective is STAND’s social incubator program for third-level students and recent graduates, supporting young people to develop, refine and implement innovative ideas for social or environmental change. Three pots of seed funding (worth €1,000 each) will be awarded to the winning projects, selected by an independent panel of judges on the night. A bonus prize of €500 will go to the winner of the Audience Choice vote. 

Join us for an inspiring evening to hear the students’ final pitches and vote for the Audience Choice Award! Register now!

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for third-level students and recent graduates who are:

Curious about global issues such as inequality, climate change, migration and health

Prepared to dig deep into the problem they are trying to solve

Ready to learn, be stretched and have your assumptions challenged

Passionate about making a difference

Motivated to take action

For a full list of eligibility requirements, check out the FAQ section!

What kind of projects can enter?


We welcome ideas and projects which fall into one (or more!) of the following categories: 

1. Climate Action, Environment & Waste

2. Equality, Inclusion & Social Justice 

3. Healthy Mind & Body 

For more details on project categories and examples of previous projects, check out the FAQ section.

What do past participants say?

Got further questions that aren’t answered here? Email

2021 Video Diaries

Catch up with the 2021 Ideas Collective Participants. We’ve documented the participants’ journey from beginning to end, posing questions about their progress, lessons learned, challenges, and individual growth.