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Trinity Team named Global Social Innovation Challenge Winners

Trinity is number 1 in Europe for Entrepreneurship and we're proud of the fact that so many of the student startups are seeking to make a real change for the better in the world. For the first time this year, students in the Social Innovation and Social Impact module were put forward for the Global Social Innovation Challenge. The University of San Diego looks for changemakers through this pitch competition that recognises, resources, and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change.

Our current Business Student of the Year, Arthaud Mesnard, writes about the social entrepreneurship success story that is KeepAppy.

During our year-long project for the Social Innovation and Social Impact module, we had to act as consultants and help an existing organization improve its social innovation. Students were asked to put forward their ideas and as CEO of KeepAppy, a mental wellness app, I put forward ours. Based on our work, Mary Lee Rhodes, our lecturer, selected our group along with The Nectar Way to represent Trinity College in the final of the Global Social Innovation Challenge.

Thanks to the financial support of Trinity Business School, the Alumni Trust and CitiBank, KeepAppy was able to send three of its members to San Diego: Aimee Carton (CEO since July), Mathilde Francois-Downey (team member since September) and I (CEO until July). The competition took place over the course of two days and involved 47 finalist teams from 12 different universities all across the globe. On Saturday 23rd of June, Aimee and Arthaud pitched in front of judges in the morning and were delighted to hear KeepAppy was selected as one of the 10 finalists. We pitched again in the afternoon and Mathilde presented KeepAppy to an audience and the press with a 1-minute elevator pitch.

Pictured here are The KeepAppy team (Mathilde, Aimee and Arthaud from left to right) with some of the judges

At the awards ceremony, KeepAppy placed first in the Global Impact track, the Wireless Technology track and the Women Innovators track and placed second in the general track. The team won $17,500, more than any other team, for their social innovation and were made Global Social Innovation Challenge winners.

Meeting students from all over the world working on making the world a better place made the experience incredibly inspiring. Thank you to Gemma Donnelly Cox, Mary Lee Rhodes and the Business School for providing us with this opportunity and helping us throughout the whole process.

Pictured here are Mathilde, Arthaud, Will and Joe (Most of the KeepAppy team and all the Nectar Way team) in Balboa Park during the field day organized by GSIC after the competition.