A Donegal man will represent Ireland at a prestigious community building competition.

Letterkenny man Ciaran Kelly was part of the winning Enactus Dublin City University (DCU) team who were crowned 2018 Enactus Ireland National Champions.

Ciaran, along with teammates,will now go onto represent Ireland at the Enactus World Cup, taking place in Silicon Valley in October.

Founded in November 2011, Enactus Ireland is one of 36 country organisations around the world that operates an Enactus programme, bringing together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to solve community challenges.

Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects and this experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent, skills and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.

At the launch of the Enactus Team Ireland event, the DCU team showcased the three projects that will see them fight off competition from 35 countries around the world at the Enactus World Cup.

The projects that the DCU team will bring to the Enactus World Cup in Silicon Valley include Threads, a project that empowers people seeking asylum in Ireland through the upcycling of unwanted jeans to create customised denim clothing; GiveBack.ie, GiveBack.ie is a chrome extension, that directs a portion of the money spent in online retailers towards tackling homelessness; and Second Scoop, a project that provides work experience, training and mentorship opportunities to people seeking asylum in Ireland though a mobile, pop-up ice cream vendor targeting corporate, social and educational events.

Liam Redmond, Country Manager, Enactus Ireland said: “It is inspiring to witness the commitment Enactus DCU has brought to their projects this year.

“Through Enactus, we aim to empower students and service users alike through entrepreneurial action and Enactus DCU has consistently understood this and brought it to every element of their projects.

“Silicon Valley is the home of innovation and where better to showcase and celebrate their achievements than the world stage.”

Terence O’Rourke, Chairman of Enactus Ireland, said: “We are very proud to send the Enactus DCU to Silicon Valley to represent Enactus Ireland on the world stage.

“The projects the team have worked on this year have been very successful in bringing about change in their communities. The team has shown how they can use their entrepreneurial skills and talents to positively impact others.”

The DCU were selected as the winning team at the national competition in May, seeing off competition from nine other third level institutions; Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, IADT Dún Laoghaire, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and University of Limerick.

For more information on Enactus, please visit http://enactusireland.org/

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