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Full-Time MBA Social Entreprise Projects

The Social Enterprise Project (SEP) provides an opportunity for MBA teams to apply their business skills and knowledge to a challenge faced by a Social Enterprise (SE).  As part of the SEP, students learn about some of the unique challenges facing social purpose organisations. They gain a deeper insight into the opportunities and limitations for companies when they prioritise a social or environmental mission.  The SEP is designed to be mutually beneficial, as the SE benefits from the report and presentation produced by the teams.

Churchfield Community Trust (CCT)

This organisation supports young offenders and people with addiction through therapeutic interventions and employment opportunities in Cork City through three social enterprises, Garden Café, Compass Crafts, and the Growing Initiative. This project will help develop the Growing Initiative at a new site at St Mary’s Hospital, by developing a new marketing plan for their fresh produce. Contact: Paul O’Donnell (Team 3)


Crosscare delivers community supports and training programmes across Dublin, focussing on disadvantaged areas. This project consists of developing evidence-based recommendations on how to deliver their leadership training more widely, targeting businesses. Contact: Michelle Griffin. (Team 1)

Listowel Community Centre

This is a sports and recreation social enterprise in County Kerry, serving the community by providing physical activity and employment opportunities. This project consists of developing new ideas to help LCC fulfil its goal of becoming a cutting-edge wellbeing centre. Contact: Tony Duggon. (Team 5)

Moyee Coffee

Moyee Coffee is using a fairchain model to bring value to coffee producers in the areas of the world they work in and are a trading BCorp, part of the fledgling but growing community in Ireland. This project consists of developing the B2C strategy, focussing on the customer journey. Contact: Shane Reilly. (Team 7)

Irish Seal Sanctuary

This is the leading organisation in seal rescue, rehabilitation and release (3Rs) in Ireland and has been providing services, advocacy and advice nationally and internationally for 30 years.  The MBA team is tasked with conducting a feasibility study for a sustainable Seal Sanctuary social enterprise that would include a new physical site in north Dublin. Contact: Brendan Price. (Team 6)

Spraoi agus Spórt

Spraoi agus Spórt has been delivering positive community programmes, including health, wellbeing and creativity, for ten years in Inishowen, County Donegal. They have a strategic plan for growth, are currently adapting to the new Covid reality by adapting their services. This project involves developing new more rigorous ways to measure and present the social impact of their work.  Contact: Helen Nolan.  (Team 4)

The Maverick

This is a new employment initiative that has grown out of the Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun, North Dublin, in response to the need for paths to high-level global careers for young people from disadvantaged areas.  The idea has been identified for career development within the equine industry. The team will develop a business case for The Maverick. Contact: Emma Connors.  (Team 2)

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