A Letter From Our Chairman: Terence O'Rourke

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You are all very welcome today to the seventh Enactus Ireland National Competition.

Through its mission to create a better more sustainable world through the positive power of business, Enactus is playing a key role in shaping the future business leaders, both in Ireland and around the world.

We are again delighted to welcome the ten leading Irish third level institutions involved in Enactus – Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, IADT Dún Laoghaire, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and University of Limerick. We look forward to hearing about your innovative and impactful work and learning about the positive difference made in people’s lives.

Enactus is a unique way of engaging students: giving them key skills development opportunities; enabling students to be more socially aware and putting in place solutions to social issues; putting their academic learning into real-life practice; and potentially having the honour and prestige of being crowned the Enactus Ireland 2018 National Champion, going on to represent Ireland at the Enactus World Cup 2018 in Silicon Valley, San José, USA.

KPMG, my former firm, has been involved in Enactus in the US since 1990, and has played a pivotal role in helping Enactus be the global organisation it is today. Today, KPMG firms support Enactus in over 30 countries.

I would like to acknowledge the participation of Enactus Ireland’s other partners – including Bank of Ireland, Abbott Ireland, AIG, CarTrawler, Citi, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, KBC Bank Ireland, MERC Partners, Musgrave Group, New Ireland Assurance, The Ireland Funds, Unilever, Willis Towers Watson, Havas, HSBC and Microsoft. Thank you also to our supporters Chartered Accountants Ireland and our media partner, The Irish Times. Without the support, active engagement, drive and encouragement of these great partner organisations, Enactus Ireland would not be such a success today.

Finally, I want to recognise and thank all involved in the organisation of today’s National Competition, particularly all our judges and the team at Enactus Ireland.

Today is a day to celebrate the students who are actively engaging with their communities and with business in an entrepreneurial, empowering and innovative way.

Good luck to everyone involved in today’s event.’

Terence O’Rourke

Chairman, Enactus Ireland

Liam Redmond