The World Cup will be held later this month.
Dublin, 13th September 2017: Business leaders, academics, alumni and third level students from across the country gathered in Bank of Ireland, Grand Canal Square to celebrate the official Enactus Team Ireland Launch ahead of the Enactus World Cup in London later this month.
 
Enactus Ireland is one of 36 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 to solve challenges in local communities.
 
Earlier this summer, Enactus Dublin City University (DCU) was crowned 2017 Enactus Ireland National Champions and will compete on the global stage at the Enactus World Cup, taking place in London from September 26th – 28th.  At the launch of the Enactus Team Ireland event, the DCU team showcased their three projects to be presented at the Enactus World Cup in London later this month.
 
Projects from the winning team include Second Scoop, an ex-prisoner work programme in partnership with Ben & Jerry’s, providing ice-cream for corporate events, festivals and fairs; Well On The Way, a social enterprise providing business apprenticeships to asylum seekers in order to integrate into Irish society; and HeadstARTS, a programme which provides weekly classes in Dance, Drama, Music and Art for people with intellectual disabilities.
 
Enactus DCU, consists of six team members, Lucy Mangan, Mairéad McDonough, Daniel Kyne, Matthew Hewston, Margaret Hanlon and Aideen Foley all of whom will represent Ireland at the prestigious Enactus World Cup in London from 26th – 28th September.
 
 
Laura Dennehy, Country Manager, Enactus Ireland said, “Social innovation and entrepreneurial action plays an important role in shaping the future of Irish society. Enactus Ireland provides a vehicle for students to affect real social change whilst also empowering them to develop the leadership, interpersonal and practical skills necessary for the workplace. We would like to wish the DCU team the best of luck as they go on to represent Ireland in the forthcoming Enactus World Cup.”
 
Terence O’Rourke, Chairperson of Enactus Ireland, said: “DCU’ involvement this year has demonstrated the tremendous understanding of how their entrepreneurial skills and talents can be used to bring about real change in their communities. We are very excited for Enactus DCU to represent Ireland at the Enactus World Cup in London later this month.”
 
The DCU team saw off competition from nine other third level institutions; Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and University of Limerick.
 
 
Enactus Ireland is sponsored by KPMG, Bank of Ireland, Abbott, AIG, CarTrawler, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, KBC Bank, Merc Partners, Musgrave Group, New Ireland Assurance, The Ireland Funds, Unilever, Willis Towers Watson, Havas Dublin, HSBC and Microsoft. Enactus Ireland is supported by Chartered Accountants House, and The Irish Times.
 
For more information on Enactus, please visit http://enactusireland.org/