Kildare student to take part in Enactus World Cup with DCU later this month

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Kildare student to take part in Enactus World Cup with DCU later this month
18:19 Wednesday 13th of September 2017

Pictured Enactus Team Ireland 5 : L-R - Daniel Kyne, Aideen Foley, Matthew Hewston, Mairéad McDonough, Margaret Hanlon, Lucy Managan

A college student from Kildare will be part of a team of DCU scholars who will compete at the Enactus World Cup this month in London.

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. Daniel Kyne, Kilcock, is one of six traveling to London from September 26th – 28th to showcase the team’s work.

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 prestigiousEnactus 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.

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