Foodcloud wins Spirit of Enactus 2019 Award
Each year, the Spirit of Enactus Award is presented at the Enactus Ireland National Competition to the person, or organisation, who best embodies the Enactus values of collaboration, passion, integrity and innovation.
The 2019 recipient is Foodcloud - a former Enactus social enterprise from Trinity College Dublin. The award was presented to Iseult Ward, Co-Founder & CEO of Foodcloud and Enactus TCD alumna, at the Enactus Ireland National Competition 2019. Iseult received the award from Dessie Boyd, Strategy & Business Development Director for Unilever and Enactus Ireland board director.
In presenting the award, Dessie said “This year, the Spirit of Enactus Award is presented to an organisation which has gone to create a real positive change in the world, whilst disrupting the industry in which it works”.
FoodCloud is an app that connects businesses that have too much food with charities working in communities that have too little. A business can upload details of any surplus food it has and a text goes out to charities that need it. To date, Foodcloud has ensured that over 50 million meals have gone to people and not to waste.
Foodcloud provides food to over 9,100 charitable organisations in Ireland and the UK. Their work to date has saved 22,000 tonnes of food going to waste. They have also saved charities an approximate €68.1 million!
Given of the nature of their business, Foodcloud promotes food safety throughout the organisation. A designated Food Safety Officer ensures that organisations using the FoodCloud system are capable of reaching the food safety requirements.
On top of that, Foodcloud works towards the Origin Green Sustainability Measures.
Innovation in technology is key to the success of Foodcloud. Their technology is already used by over 3,000 donating supermarkets in the UK and Ireland, in addition to food bank partner locations around the world. They use a simple smartphone app and notification system that enables excellent engagement and donation management for stores and charities. The organisation also provides an admin backend website which shows all donations, donors and recipients so that they can manage the successful donation of surplus food to the 9100 charitable recipients on the platform. In the case where donors and food banks require further line-level product data traceability, they have created many integration options to receive data from external sources like retail stock control systems. The FoodCloud technology system is a cloud based platform that can be accessed all over the world.
Iseult and Aoibheann’s passion for Foodcloud is infectious. Iseult was listed as one of Forbe’s Top 30 under 30 in Europe in 2017. The team has also won numerous awards such as Virgin Media’s “VOOM 2016” where they presented to Richard Branson and Tyra Banks for funding. Iseult’s and Aoibheann’s passion knows no bounds, and we are excited to watch this former Enactus project grow!