Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that the team from TU Dublin has come first in the ENFUSE finals to support a local enterprise in Dublin by sharing ideas, knowledge and creating a bespoke plan to help the enterprise innovate.
11 student teams competed at this year’s ENFUSE Finals last night by pitching to expert industry judges on the plan they produced.
The 11 teams from Technological University Dublin (TUD), Dublin City University (DCU) and National College of Ireland (NCI) were shortlisted from 46 other teams that participated in ENFUSE this year.
Each team created a plan as part of their Masters programme. The top 3 teams won specialist mentoring and training supports from the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City and supports from the Dublin Regional Skills Forum for their allocated enterprises along with prizes from Dublin Place Brand.
As winners, TU Dublin and the student team will also now be named on the specially commissioned ENFUSE trophy which will be hosted by their university for the coming year.
The Rediscovery Centre was supported by TU Dublin students Teja Tomsic, Ross McClelland, Melisa Villagomez, Anurag Dasandhi, Leidy Ortiz and Oreoluwa Ogunnusi who won first place at the finals.
Highlighting the student’s contribution to the Rediscovery Centre, Steve O’Reilly, Circular Economy & Policy Project Manager, explained, “with relevance, ingenuity, creativity, and flair, the fantastic group of TU Dublin students guided by Dr. Roisin Vize devised an intelligent marketing campaign that translates a complex topic into something that will really resonate with Irish citizens. Working on the ENFUSE programme helped us to think outside the box and provided us with a framework for how to translate theory into publicity.”
Highlighting the importance of students being able to apply their learning to real life scenarios, Dr Róisín Vize, TU Dublin lecturer of the ENFUSE 2022 – 1st Place Student Team stated, “the Enfuse programme is an exceptionally rewarding project for Universities and enterprises to be involved in, with tangible take-away’s for all involved. Having students work off a live client brief and consult regularly with a company allows them to develop and improve many practical industry related skills.”
Promoting the benefits to enterprises that participate and other supports, Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise and Economic Development, Dublin City Council explained, “ENFUSE allows businesses to see the benefits of hiring graduates to help accelerate their digital, export and green transition strategic capacity and they can avail of the GradStart programme provided by their Local Enterprise Office to support this business cost.”
Speaking at the ENFUSE Finals, Declan Hughes, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment said, “ENFUSE connects students and enterprises creating collaboration and synergies that benefit all participants. It enables enterprises to benefit from student research and analysis, enables students to apply their learning to real time business challenges and it enhances the enterprise ecosystem through improved networking, collaboration and knowledge exchange.”
Source: Dublin City Council