Irish Impact seeks to educate the Notre Dame and Mendoza community about social entrepreneurship, engage experts in relevant discussions about the field and ultimately encourage social enterprise creation. These discussions occur in undergraduate and graduate classes, at an annual conference and workshops in major cities like Chicago, as well as via a social media platform.
Social media interactions drive the Irish Impact spirit throughout the year, keeping the conversation alive between in-person events and outside the campus walls. While social entrepreneurship has been an ongoing initiative since the early 2000s, the social media platform launched in the fall of 2013, which coincided with the second annual Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference. Almost two years later the initiative has generated a social network of approximately 1,500 individuals across all of its platforms, including a website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
In addition to an active social media community, the Irish Impact network of students, social entrepreneurs, investors, faculty and alumni provide a collaborative environment for students and alumni interested in social entrepreneurship to learn, explore and make an impact. Some of the world’s best social entrepreneurs, including David Bornstein, Greg Van Kirk, and Dr. Jordan Kassalow, have shared their insights and experiences at the Irish Impact Conference, engaging in panel discussions with everyone from seasoned Irish Angel investors to first semester freshmen.
Whatever your interest, there are members of the Irish Impact community ready to engage and help you make your own Irish Impact. Join the conversation!