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Pathways to Progress Showcase – Youth Social Entrepreneurship Development Competition – a joint initiative between Citibank and Enactus Ireland.

Pathways to Progress Showcase – Youth Social Entrepreneurship Development Competition – a joint initiative between Citibank and Enactus Ireland.
On Friday, 13th April 2018, Citi Ireland and Enactus Ireland hosted the Pathways to Progress showcase final where teams from all over Ireland presented their social enterprise projects to a panel of judges.  The Pathways to Progress programme is a joint collaboration between Citibank Ireland and Enactus which rewards youth social entrepreneurship projects which focus on empowering disadvantaged youths (16-24 years) across Ireland.
UL Enactus project ‘SparkEd- Sparking the Light for a Brighter Future’ were overall winners receiving €3,000 in seed funding to invest in their social enterprise. SparkEd- Sparking the Light for a Brighter Future’ empowers primary and secondary pupils  from disadvantaged urban areas  in Limerick through the provision of revision classes, educational boot camps and learning supports for children with specialised learning needs.  The team are working with Limericks to deliver the classes.  In addition to the Enactus students working with the children, they have also trained and recruited transition year students to work with SparkEd which provides a more sustainable pipeline of volunteers for Limericks Gateway to Education.
 
The winning team consists of
Catherine Hallinan, Lucinda Jayne Hamilton, Brian Crowley, Ciaran O' Sullivan, Gavin Hickey, Henry Wang, Jack O' Connor, Jena Araojo,  Kelly Fitzgerald, Leanne Delaney                        
 
Picture shows Laura Dennehy Country Manager of Enactus Ireland, students Catherine Hallinan and Lucinda – Jayne Hamilton and Emma Hynes Head of Public Affairs from Citi Ireland presenting the students with their certificate.
 
Enactus (www.enactusireland.org) is an international nonprofit organization inspiring students to take entrepreneurial action to create community development projects that improve the livelihoods of socially, economically or educationally disadvantaged individuals and community groups. 
 
Further information available from Dr. Briga Hynes (briga.hynes@ul.ie) and Brian Shee (Brian.Shee@ul.ie)