ENFUSE – Open for Applications

17th January 2023

Posted In: WMB Careers

ENFUSE matches local enterprises and social enterprises with teams of masters level university / college students.

During semester 2 (January-May) as part of a module, students work in teams typically of 4-6 members with selected enterprises. The students help provide insights, propose solutions and ultimately present a bespoke and tangible plan that sets out how the enterprise can innovate, address challenges and develop opportunities. Student teams present the plan to the enterprise to implement and to their module lecturer to assess. In addition, shortlisted student teams compete at the ENFUSE finals in May. The teams represent their university and compete by pitching to expert judges on the plan they created for their assigned enterprise.

Student teams can assist participating enterprises with:

Strategy, Project Management, Marketing, Digital Marketing, Innovation, Design Thinking, Opportunity Identification and Evaluation, Digital Transformation, Tourism / Hospitality / Event Development, New Product / Service Development, Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Social Enterprise Development and more.


•Support local enterprises by providing bespoke plans to innovate, address challenges and develop opportunities

•Provide masters students with real-world consultancy and enterprise experience

•Enhance the local innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem

Benefits of participating as an enterprise

•Bespoke plan to innovate, address challenges, develop opportunities

•Market research, insights and new ideas

•Opportunity to screen potential employees from student teams (Grants available to support employing graduates: LEO Priming / Business Expansion Grants;  Enterprise Ireland Gradstart)

•Enable students to gain relevant real-world experience

•No cost to the enterprise

•Promotional opportunities

•Intellectual property rights and confidentiality protected


Role of Enterprises

1. Complete the ENFUSE – Application Form (Link Below)

2. Propose a relevant challenge / opportunity / area for a student team to develop a plan on

3. Nominate a representative to liaise with, meet the team four times, provide information

4. Interact responsibly and respectfully with the student team

5. Rate the student team

6. Participate in an evaluation survey

7. Approve presentation content if allocated student team is selected to compete at the ENFUSE Finals

 (Please note the timeline is subject to change)

*Meetings will be arranged directly between the student team and enterprise. Meetings can be physical or virtual. If physical meetings are permitted, students are covered under their institutions insurance respectively to visit enterprises / sites. After each meeting, student teams should share minutes / notes taken / next steps with their respective enterprise.

**ENFUSE Finals will feature shortlisted student teams. The teams represent their university/college and compete by pitching to expert judges on the plan they created for their assigned enterprise. Participating students and enterprises along with industry guests will be invited to attend the ENFUSE Finals.

Enterprise Selection Process

•ENFUSE is open to registered enterprises and social enterprises

•Preference is given to LEO – Dublin City client enterprises and enterprise that are primarily based in Dublin. Enterprises based outside Dublin can still apply and will be considered for matching with student teams

•Enterprises are selected according to the suitability of their proposed challenge / opportunity / area for the students to develop a plan on and according to the availability of student’s teams

•Student teams will be allocated or will self-select an enterprise that they wish to work with

•Enterprises will be informed of their application status by 07/02/2023

•Submission Deadline for Applications: 23:59, 22/01/2023

You can find out more and submit your application through this link>>