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DCU Graduate wins SCCUL Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011

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DCU Graduate wins SCCUL Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011

John Dennehy
Breda Fox - CEO of Galway County and City Enterprise Board; Hildegarde Naughton - Mayor of Galway City; Caroline McDonagh - CEO and Founder of WIN; Claire Shaughnessy - Project Manager, WIN.

Caroline McDonagh, MBA 2006 won the SCCUL Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Award at a reception in Clayton Hotel.
The SCCUL Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an initiative run by SCCUL Enterprises Ltd aided by Ballybane Enterprise Centre, St. Columba's Credit Union and Galway City Council. The aim of this initiative is to encourage local entrepreneurship by identifying high potential entrepreneurs and helping them accelerate their plans.

Caroline is the founder and CEO of WIN - West of Ireland Networking (WIN) which is a training, mentoring and networking forum for unemployed professionals, entrepreneurs and micro/small business owners.

WIN, based in the West, is a unique volunteer organisation that plays a substantial role in getting unemployed participants back into the work place while providing further supports to those seeking to start their own business or is already running a small enterprise.
With unemployment at 14.2%, WIN is bucking current trends, assisting one third of participants reengage in the workforce. WIN's success is based on its innovative approach to helping the unemployed through consistent and regular supports including: bi-weekly group networking sessions including relevant and flexible training programmes; one to one mentoring, building confidence and self esteem of participants.

You can read more about WIN at: www.westofirelandnetworking.com


17th January, 2012
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