Sinéad Burke (Irish writer and activist), Dylan Dunne (Enactus Maynooth University Student) and Kate Dowling (Enactus Dublin City University Student)
Young social entrepreneurs mentored by major Irish corporations to create social change globally
Enactus is a global social entrepreneurship movement which partners students, academics and business leaders to develop socially responsible business models with the potential to benefit people in need.
As part of the competition, which is supported by Bank of Ireland, students from 10 colleges and universities around Ireland have identified and developed projects which aim to address a need in their own local communities as well as further afield. The students will present their proposed business models to a panel of judges at the Enactus Ireland National Competition which will take place in The Chartered Accountants House on Thursday, May 31st 2018.
Sinéad Burke, activist, 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.
Major corporations mentoring young social entrepreneurs
Over the past several months, each student team has had access to senior mentorship from a range of Enactus partners including Bank of Ireland, KPMG, Abbott, AIG and Musgrave Group. Enactus operates in 36 countries worldwide and this year’s winning team will go on to represent Ireland at the Enactus World Cup, taking place in Silicon Valley in October 2018.
Rory Carty, Head of Youth Banking, Bank of Ireland said: “In addition to working with the students to develop socially responsible business models, our Bank of Ireland mentors worked with the Enactus teams in Universities nationwide to sow the seeds of enterprise and creativity, equipping this generation of University students for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Enactus Ireland is sponsored by Bank of Ireland, KPMG, Abbott, AIG, CarTrawler, Citi, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, KBC Bank, MERC Partners, Musgrave Group, New Ireland Assurance, The Ireland Funds, Unilever Havas, HSBC and Microsoft.