In addition to our participants three invited speakers will briefly speak on the challenges that social enterprises are faced with:

Carmel Fox is probably best known as the driving force for almost thirty years behind Ballyhoura Development, a role through which she both contributed hugely to the development of her community as well as providing a role model of what is possible even under the most difficult of circumstances to many well beyond her immediate focus. She is a person intimately aware of the severe challenges social enterprises can encounter but also what can be achieved through such efforts as her own career has clearly shown.

Emily Duffy, a Newcastle West native entered the young scientist in 2015 with a sleeping bag designed specifically for the homeless. From this starting point the ‘Duffily Bag’ has advanced into an initiative that, in partnership with Mendicity Institute, doubly benefits the homeless in Dublin both through its core function but also utilising homeless people in the manufacturing of the bags. This is now well established in Dublin and indeed have featured abroad as well. Currently a UCC Quercus Scholar, she shares the experience of many emerging social entrepreneurs of balancing demanding parallel paths.

Gert O’Rourke – Centre head of UL’s Nexus Centre entrepreneurial hub, Gert is a passionate advocate of the need to encourage and support budding entrepreneurs who challenge the norms of our thinking, to see what might be possible and bring to life new ideas. A cornerstone of creativity is diversity of views and this motivated Gert to advocate the inclusion of a social enterprise stream in Nexus’s mission, a unique first in Ireland.

BNest extends a friendly welcome to the BNest Showcase 2018 on:

Tuesday, March 13
from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
at the Nexus Innovation Centre, Tierney Building, University of Limerick.

All are welcome and admission is free but registration is essential.