The official Enactus Team Ireland Launch took place at the Bank of Ireland in Grand Canal Square last week, bringing together student social entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, and Enactus alumni from across the country.
The event celebrated the launch of Enactus Team Ireland who will be heading to Silicon Valley in California next month to take part in the Enactus World Cup from 9 – 11 October.
What is Enactus Ireland?
Enactus Ireland is one of 36 country organisations around the world that take part in the Enactus Programme. The aim of the Enactus Programme is to bring together third-level students, academics, and business leaders who are committed to finding solutions to challenges in local communities through entrepreneurship and business ideas.
Enactus Team Ireland 2018
Earlier this year, Enactus Dublin City University (DCU) competed against teams from colleges and universities across Ireland and were crowned Enactus Ireland National Champions. As champions, the team now have the opportunity to travel to Silicon Valley to compete against 35 other countries in the Enactus World Cup.
Enactus DCU members Conor Greene, Ashling McGovern, Ciaran Kelly, Robert Kelly, Josh Clinton and Kate Dowling all presented the projects that they will take to the World Cup at the launch event last week.
Project 1: Threads
A project that empowers people seeking asylum in Ireland through the upcycling of unwanted jeans to create customised denim clothing.
Project 2: GiveBack.ie
GiveBack.ie is a chrome extension that directs a portion of the money spent in online retailers towards tackling homelessness.
Project 3: Second Scoop
A project that provides work experience, training and mentorship opportunities to people seeking asylum in Ireland though a mobile, pop-up ice cream vendor targeting corporate, social and educational events.
Enactus World Cup
Enactus Team Ireland will be competing against 35 other teams at the World Cup event in October. Terence O’Rourke, Chairman of Enactus Ireland, said: “We are very proud to send the Enactus DCU to Silicon Valley to represent Enactus Ireland on the world stage. The projects the team have worked on this year have been very successful in bringing about change in their communities. The team has shown how they can use their entrepreneurial skills and talents to positively impact others.”
Speaking about the World Cup event coming up in October, Liam Redmond, Country Manager of Enactus Ireland said, “Silicon Valley is the home of innovation, and where better to showcase and celebrate their achievements than the world stage."