Trinity students heading to Enactus World Cup after competition win

by Juliana Reyes

Trinity College students won the Enactus Ireland National Competition with their presentation of three projects that could combat homelessness, mental health and sustainability.

Taking place on Thursday, May 30, the company beat out ten other groups. Now, Enactus TCD are going to represent Ireland in the Enactus World Cup in Silicon Valley, California, this September.

Their presentation was split into three projects based on issues of homeless, mental health and sustainability.

The first project, called Hope, and gives homeless people a chance to earn a living wage while gaining soft skills for a professional environment. They earned a living wage by coaching football teams of Trinity students.

The second project was called KeepApply, and is an app that contains a toolkit of information on mental unwellness prevention, mental maintenance and growth towards a wellness-oriented lifestyle. It also supplies information to emergency care through their partnered hotlines.

The third project trains disadvantaged youth on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and leadership skills. It is called the 2030 Leaders project, and empowers the youth to share the information to younger children in an accessible way.

Terence O’Rourke, Enactus Chairman, said, “The energy from the students is contagious and this year again we have seen a truly amazing range of projects and initiatives creating real community impacts. We are very excited for Enactus TCD to represent Ireland at the Enactus World Cup.”

Enactus Ireland was found in November 2011 and is a part of the other 37 countries that has the programme. The programme brings students with academic and business leaders together to use entrepreneurial skills to solve community issues.

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