Enactus Trinity College Dublin Crowned 2019 Enactus Ireland Champions
May 31st, 2019
The team of young social entrepreneurs will represent Ireland at the international final
On May 30th, Enactus TCD were crowned the winners of the Enactus Ireland National Competition which took place in Chartered Accountants House, Dublin 2. The Enactus Ireland National Competition saw colleges from 10 HEI’s across the country compete for the title where the winning team was closely followed by Enactus UL and semi-finalists Enactus NUIG and Enactus DCU.
Enactus TCD, supported by Aer Lingus, will go forward to represent Ireland at the Enactus World Cup in Silicon Valley, U.S.A this coming September. This innovative competition sees students, business leaders, academics and alumni come together for a showcase and celebration of the positive and innovative projects created by students at third level.
TCD presented the impacts of three projects with their headline project being Hope, that aims to empower homeless people to develop the necessary skills to allow them transition out of homelessness and earn a wage while doing so. The team do this by giving them an opportunity to coach football teams made up of Trinity students, while at the same time empowering them to develop their soft skills and confidence in a professional environment.
KeepAppy, their second headline project, is an app that puts wellness into people's pockets everywhere. It is a wellness toolkit, comprising of ten features that feed into three primary mechanisms: mental unwellness prevention, mental maintenance and growth towards a wellness-oriented lifestyle and finally, access to emergency care through their geo-specific partnered helplines. Their final project 2030 Leaders, empowers disadvantaged youth through a programme of training on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and leadership skills. With these new skills, the youths will apply them by teaching younger students the SDG’s in an accessible, fun way.
Enactus Chairman, Terence O’Rourke, said: “The energy from the students is contagious and this year again we have seen a truly amazing range of projects and initiatives creating real community impacts. We are very excited for Enactus TCD to represent Ireland at the Enactus World Cup.”
Carmel Walsh, HR Director at Aer Lingus, “Aer Lingus has a proud tradition in supporting and employing graduates. Competitions like Enactus are fantastic for nurturing the next generation of socially conscious business leaders. Aer Lingus is delighted to be flying Team Enactus TCD to Silicon Valley in September. We wish Team Ireland the very best of luck at the Enactus World Cup.”
In a first for the organisation, the final was a carbon neutral event. No single-use plastics were present at the final and Abbott Ireland provided bamboo keepcups for all attendees. Enactus has also partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to hold a tree planting ceremony later this year, ensuring Enactus makes a difference – much like the students the organisation champions.
About Enactus Ireland
Founded in November 2011, Enactus Ireland is one of 37 country organisations around the world that operates an Enactus programme, bringing together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action solve community challenges. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects and this experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent, skills and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.
National champion teams from all over the world advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup, being held this year in Silicon Valley, U.S.A. In addition to the community focus of the programme, the Enactus initiative provides leadership and career opportunities for the participating students.
Each team has had access to support and mentorship from a range of Enactus partners including, KPMG, Bank of Ireland, Abbott, Aer Lingus, AIG, CarTrawler, Citi Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KBC Bank, Merc Partners, New Ireland Assurance, The Ireland Funds, Unilever, Havas, and HSBC. Enactus Ireland is also kindly supported by the Chartered Accountants Ireland and The Irish Times.