IdeasLab Enterprise Challenge - Courtney

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Enterprise Challenge

Programme overview

The enterprise challenge brings together multidisciplinary student teams to solve challenges donated by our enterprise partners.  Over the course of 8 weeks students work through a design sprint incorporating team development, empathy, problem definition, ideation, prototyping, testing and storytelling to develop a solution direction for the enterprise partner. Running alongside their weekly workshops are 5 mentoring sessions (weeks 3-7) which develop students understanding of the problem and the solution fit for the industry and enterprise facing the challenge. 

The enterprise challenge programme graduate is one who has ignited their passion for innovation whilst nurturing their belief in their creative potential.  They are creative and curious, enabling them to discover, explore and play with ideas before developing those with potential for impact.  They are excellent communicator and team player who through the course of the programmes we offer have developed their technology and creative skills. They are a confident, creative, resourceful, person centric and resilient student who navigates ambiguity, have an entrepreneurial mind-set and are ready for the future.  

The enterprise challenge is co-curricular and focusses on skills and talent development. The Enterprise Challenge has been designed, delivered and evaluated using Entrecomp.  EntreComp is a common reference framework that identifies 15 competences in three key areas that describe what it means to be entrepreneurial.  Within the Enterprise Challenge,  Entrecomp has been used to support policy and practice to develop entrepreneurial skills, to assessing entrepreneurial skills, to design programmes and learning opportunities and to recognised and certify skills.​

Core Elements:

  • 8 week co-curricular programme 
  • 40 students from across all disciplines and years of study
  • Solving challenges faced across sectors including digital health, creative and technology
  • Weekly team mentorship by industry experts
  • Winning projects receive €1,000 funding
  • Access to an expert community of innovators and entrepreneurs 
  • We recruit students to this programme in January and September each academic year. ​

Courtney Hefferon |   Enterprise Challenge Student 2021

The Enterprise Challenge is an awesome Programme! It helped me advance in my skills especially public speaking, I got to work on real world problems which showed my work-readiness to my future employers and I got to meet new friends across all disciplines at University of Galway.
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SAP University Alliances |   Enterprise Challenge Enterprise Partner

The IdeasLab Enterprise Challenge was incredibly well orchestrated and administered. The work the students put in, especially given they are newly formed teams and cross discipline was astounding. I hope the students got the same value as I did.
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