A team of students from DCU were announced as the winners of the Enactus Ireland national competition for social entrepreneurship.

Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor and Enactus Ireland Chairperson Terence O’Rourke crowned DCU as the winners of the prestigious award for their work in developing a programme which enables people with intellectual disabilities to explore their artistic and creative qualities, as well as an initiative to develop an ethical clothing line with Irish charity AkiDwA.

The winning team – led by Hannah Dobson and Evelyn Boyle and comprising fellow undergraduates Liam Redmond, Olayiwola Ogunsanya, Katie Mannion, Ciara Egan and Ciara Ennis – will now represent Ireland at the 2013 Enactus World Cup in Cancun, Mexico, which takes place from September 29—October 1. This is the second year Ireland has entered a team in the Enactus World Cup

As part of the competition, seven student teams representing Dublin City University, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork and University of Limerick, were tasked with identifying and developing outreach projects designed to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people.

The teams presented their projects in Dublin to a panel of judges comprising senior business leaders. Among the judges was Leinster Rugby captain and Enactus Ireland non-executive director, Leo Cullen. The winning team impressed the judges with how effectively they had applied business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to develop their projects, HeadstARTs and AkiDwA Socially Conscious and Ethical Clothing.

Olympic champion Katie Taylor said she was “so impressed by the students who have worked so hard to bring about real and lasting change in their communities. That’s the real spirit of Enactus.”

Team captain Hannah Dobson said the whole team was “absolutely delighted”.

“Participating in Enactus has been a fantastic experience for the whole team,” she said. “It’s given us business development skills with a social conscience to take into our future careers.”

Enactus, an international, not-for-profit organisation, is the world’s largest university-based partnership between business and higher education for social change. Its objective is to encourage university students to make a positive difference to their communities, while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders of the future.

“Enactus enables students to explore possibilities, apply their best thinking and make a real difference in the world,” Enactus Ireland Chairperson Terence O’Rourke said. “I’m certain they will do their university and everyone who so generously pledged their support to establish Enactus Ireland proud in Cancun.”

Read all about the team projects on Enactus.org.