Three Galway students played their part on a third-level team that represented Ireland at an international event for entrepreneurs of the future in the Canadian city of Toronto recently.
Dublin City University students Katie Mannion (22) from Oranmore, Christopher Sheeran (19) from Galway City and Jack Kane (20) from Renvyle travelled to the 2016 Enactus World Cup at the end of September as part of Team Ireland.
The team, comprising 16 Irish students, showcased innovative social entrepreneurship projects, during three unforgettable days of competition, collaboration and celebration.
Enactus is an international, non-profit organisation, which assists third level students in creating entrepreneurial projects that make a positive difference in the world, spark business innovation and develop students’ skills to become socially responsible business leaders of the future.
The Enactus World Cup allows teams of students from 35 countries to present their entrepreneurial, socially sustainable projects and businesses to a group of international leaders within 17 minutes to become Enactus World Cup Champions.
A 53-strong delegation travelled to the event in Toronto with team Ireland. This was the biggest group from any European country to attend the Enactus World Cup in Toronto – a significant achievement for Ireland and the support that the team had.
Ireland and Enactus have grown largely throughout the years, in 2012, a delegation comprising just six students took part in the World Cup.
Just four years on, three Enactus projects – FoodCloud; Access Earth, and 100 Minds – are successful self-sustainable companies.
Katie, Christopher and Jack joined the DCU team led by Mark Farrelly, Róisín Nestor, Alison Ring, Matthew Hewston, Sinéad McCool and comprised ten other students, who went on to present the results of their community outreach projects, Prisonbreak, HeadstARTS, Well on the Way and Camphill Crafts.
Prisonbreak empowers ex-prisoners to become entrepreneurs by creating their own fitness boot camps. The DCU team paired up with Care After Prison for this project
HeadsARTS provides art education classes tailored for people with intellectual disabilities.
Well on the Way empowers women in Mombasa to build their own wells through the selling of water cups in Ireland – and Camphill Crafts provides a route to market for product made by people with intellectual disabilities.
For more information on Enactus, visit http://enactusireland.org/