02 Mar ENACTUS CHANGED MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
Conor Nolan, an Enactus IADT alumni and current Business Development Manager of Kontainers shares with us how Enactus changed his college experience and what he gained from the programme. Conor was also a co-founder of Wattspot and named Sunday Independent’s Top 30 Under 30.
‘When it comes to first experiences of Enactus, I was luckier than most, as it included being flown Johannesburg to experience the Enactus World Cup in 2015 and supporting Maynooth University going up against 35 other national champions from all over the world. As you can imagine, that set the bar exceptionally high. But Enactus and the community I had been inducted into kept delivering, and I have no hesitation in saying getting involved in Enactus was one of the best things I did in college.
In my second year of college, I started my own company, so you could say I was already interested in business and entrepreneurship. But during my time in Enactus, I worked with all kinds of students from a variety of disciplines, from law to photography and everything in between.
Since graduating with my degree in psychology, I joined Kontainers, a seriously exciting startup transforming the shipping industry. I’m also heading up the Social Ventures arm of Blocknubie, a global, decentralised ecosystem for blockchain startups, which has just taken the 1% pledge.
Not the most standard progression, but looking back, my time in Enactus was a huge part of my development, acting on big ideas and embracing moonshot thinking, increasingly relevant soft skills in a digital age. Along with this, I had the opportunity to lead Enactus IADT and present our projects in front a panel of judges from the Enactus Ireland network. Preparing the pitch, developing our slides and bringing it all together, is something that will always stand to me.
If making new friends from all over the country, networking with directors from Ireland’s biggest companies, travelling all over the globe and trying to solve some of the world’s biggest problems doesn’t sound interesting, Enactus probably isn’t for you.’