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KBS hosts ENACTUS Ireland Spring Summit 2018

Over 100 students from 10 Higher Education Institutions attended the KBS on the 19th January to participate in the Enactus Ireland Spring Summit.   This Student Leadership Development Programme provided student teams working on a range of social projects training and mentoring in topics such as Revenue Streams, Project Management, Brand Creation, Business Planning/Scaling, Social Impact and Empowerment and Environmental Impact assessment.
Enactus Ireland corporate partners including Abbott, Bank of Ireland, CarTrawler, KBC Bank, Enterprise –Rent-a Car and Unilever delivered  the mentoring sessions to the students.
 
The projects focus on identifying practical solutions to combatting social issues including homelessness, unemployment, mental health, immigration-related issues and social isolation through a partnership approach with local and regional community and non-for profit organizations
 
Dr. Briga Hynes, Head of the Department of Management and Marketing, stated, “this Summit is a great example of collaboration between students, academic and business leaders who are committed to solving challenges in local communities by leveraging innovative and entrepreneurial actions”.
 
Dr Philip O’Regan, Executive Dean, Kemmy Business School,  said, “that the KBS is delighted to host  this year’s Summit especially as this type of social entrepreneurial  activity aligns well with the community engagement  ethos of the School. I was very encouraged by the innovative approaches students applied to solving social and environmental problems. They demonstrate in a very practical manner how future business leaders can extend beyond a purely financial bottom line to a triple bottom line to measure impact in terms of financial, social, and environmental benefits to the community.”
 
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)