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From left: Laura Dennehy, Country Manager, Enactus Ireland; Dr Emer Ni Bhradaigh, DCU; winning team from DCU: Lucy Mangan; Jack Kane; Daniel Kyne; Matthew Hewston; Margaret Hanlon; Christopher Sheeran; Irish Rugby star Sophie Spence; Ronan Myler, Head of HR, Retail Banking, Bank of Ireland

On May 31st, Enactus DCU was crowned the 2017 Enactus Ireland National Champion and the team to represent Ireland at the prestigious and inspiring Enactus World Cup event in London this September. The team saw off competition from nine other colleges, 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.

The team at DCU worked on three projects in 2016/2017, Second Scoop, ‘HeadstARTs’ and Well On The Way with Second Scoop being the project to set them apart and ensure their win at the event.

‘Second Scoop’ is a partnership brokered by Enactus DCU between the ice-cream producer, Ben & Jerry, and ex-prisoners from ‘Care After Prison’, a peer led charity organisation (the first of its kind in Ireland) which provides information, referral and support services to ex-offenders following release from imprisonment. The partnership facilitates Ben & Jerry ice-cream to be sold at corporate events, festivals and fairs by clients of the charity. A pilot phase was carried out in May on DCU campus and the team has lined up two further corporate events for June.

Their second project, ‘Well On The Way’, is a social enterprise that sells bottled water and uses 100% of net profit to build wells in Democratic Republic of Congo. The enterprise is staffed in Ireland by asylum seekers, providing business apprenticeships and assisting their integration into society. To date the team has provided apprenticeships for two asylum seekers and raised over €20,000 in revenue. Their first well is due to be built over summer 2017. Enactus DCU’s final project, ‘HeadstARTs’, provides weekly classes in dance, drama, music and art for people with intellectual disabilities.

Musgrave is proud to be a corporate sponsor of Enactus Ireland and was delighted to learn about all of the projects being worked on by inspiring teams throughout the Irish network of Higher Education Institutes. Everyone involved in Enactus is committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to make a social impact and shape a better and more sustainable world. Musgrave is delighted to support these initiatives and become actively involved in mentoring teams, providing training and in judging Enactus Ireland competitions. We also showcased Well On The Way water at head office in May to share with colleagues the work carried out by Enactus teams.

Terence O’Rourke, Chairperson of Enactus Ireland, said: “All the student teams involved this year have shown 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.”

For more information on Enactus, visit http://enactusireland.org/

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