Through the promotion of enterprise & innovation, with a specific focus on social enterprise, we support our researchers in going one step further to make an impact with their research. We run a number of initiatives, including workshops and events, to foster multidisciplinary entrepreneurship and creativity to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
The primary goal of a social enterprise is to tackle social or environmental (or both) issues while serving the common good. Unlike conventional businesses, profits are reinvested into a social mission rather than dispersed amongst shareholders. From providing safe drinking water, introducing renewable energy, creating jobs for the unemployed or advancing education initiatives, social enterprises fulfil a range of critical functions in Ireland and internationally.
At UCD Earth Institute, we are dedicated to supporting our researchers in developing social enterprise opportunities as a dimension of their work.
Contact our Enterprise and Innovation theme leads Philip Crowe (UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy) & Ainhoa Gonzalez (UCD School of Geography) or the Earth Institute team to find out more about our activities in this area.