An estimated 2500 students joined DCU’s Enterprise Society this year, an increase of 56 per cent from last year, according to the society chair, Shane Carter.
Last year, E-Soc won best society event with Beg Borrow Steal, which set students on a trip to Edinburgh in aid of Donal Walsh’s Live Life foundation.
“It definitely helps when you are trying to convince people to sign up that we won DCU’s best event last year. They might look at that and say ‘wow, I don’t think other societies’ events offer anything like this’,” he said.
Carter said they greatly exceeded their own expectations, as they initially set a target of 2000 students between the Glasnevin and St Patrick’s campuses.
“We thought 2000 would be a good mark to aim for, so to absolutely blow it out of the park puts us in a place where we have to deliver on what we promised,” said Carter. “Such a great response leaves us under pressure to perform, which puts us in good stead for the year.”
“Every event has to be massively up-scaled. During clubs and societies week we ran enterprise talks with Paddy Cosgrave (Web Summit) and Jay Bregman (Hailo). We hosted them in the Henry Grattan building, in which we usually do okay, but we ended up having to turn around about 100 people and send them back,” he said.
Carter acknowledged that a lot of the society’s members hail from School of Business. “We need to try and break into other Faculties, and although we haven’t quite completed that process yet, there is still much scope for growth,” he said.
“The people we have involved in the society now are better than ever before, and while I think every society is improving, it’s just one managing to do it at a slightly quicker rate right now,” concluded Carter.