STUDENT IMPACT: CONOR’S STORY
After being asked to help kick-off Enactus in IADT, I did do a bit of research on what was involved, but mainly said yes because I liked the thought of creating social enterprises in college and putting time into ideas that could make a real difference. Other than that it was a pretty blind decision, but one of the best ones I made throughout my entire time in college.
From being flown down to Johannesburg to experience a World Cup, competing in two National Competitions and meeting people from colleges all over Ireland that I wouldn't have met otherwise, some of my best memories from the four years of my Psychology degree are actually from Enactus.
Beyond the social aspect (which is great), you develop professionally on a number of different levels. Whether it's faculty advisers challenging your project's business plan, running events and growing the society numbers, or even just presenting to a room full of business leaders from Enactus partner companies at Nationals, it is pretty demanding - but a really enjoyable way to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
The impact being involved with Enactus had on me has been quite profound. Even now, a few years after college, I try to help foster a similar mentality in the companies I'm involved in. Like with Kontainers, where we build software for shipping companies, technology truly is an enabler even for some of the largest shipping brands on the planet. So with our goal of democratizing a new kind of software to the entire industry, we can obviously help the big companies (that move over 90% of the things around you), but we can also empower small companies in emerging markets with this revolutionary technology, helping them grow their business, which in turn has a positive knock-on effect for their local economies.
In short, if I could give one piece of advice to anyone in college right now, it would be to just get involved with Enactus.