Today, the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow were joined by Sinéad Burke, Irish writer and activist, for the launch of this year’s Enactus Ireland National Competition.
The global social entrepreneurship movement, Enactus, brings students, academics and business leaders together to develop socially responsible business models. Enactus aims to solve community challenges by utilising the power of entrepreneurship.
As part of the 2018 competition, ten students from across Irish colleges and universities have proposed their projects, which aim to address needs in their communities and beyond. “We’re excited to launch the Enactus Ireland National Competition this year with Sinéad Burke. We believe that Sinéad truly embodies everything Enactus stands for – forward-thinking, social development, and empowerment through entrepreneurial action,” said Enactus Country Manager, Liam Redmond.
“We’re looking forward to building on the previous success of Enactus Ireland both at the World Cup and as viable social enterprises beyond the college programme.” The Country Manager said.
Competing students are mentored by professionals and academics from organisations such as Bank of Ireland, KPMG, Abbott, AIG, KBC and more.
Sinéad Burke, who officially launched the national competition said “The students taking part in the Enactus National Competition are the social entrepreneurs of the future. It’s wonderful to see the exciting and innovative projects being developed right across the country that have the real potential to create social change both at home and abroad”. Sinéad is known for her TED talk, “Why design should include everyone.”
The National Competition will see students from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) ,Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork (UCC),University College Dublin (UCD) and University of Limerick (UL) take on previous champions, Dublin City University (DCU).
Applicants will present their business model to a panel of judges at the Enactus Ireland National Competition, which will take place in The Chartered Accountants House on Thursday, May 31 st, 2018.
The winner will represent Ireland at the Enactus World Cup, 2018 in Silicone Valley this coming October.
Photo: Sinéad Burke (Irish writer and activist), Dylan Dunne (Enactus Maynooth University Student) and Kate Dowling (Enactus Dublin City University Student) teamed up to launch the 2018 Enactus Ireland National Competition, which takes place on Thursday, May 31st 2018 Credit: Julien Behal, Julien Behal Photography