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Society Spotlight: The Investors and Entrepreneurs Society (I&E)

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The Investors and Entrepreneurs Society (I&E) is one of the most renowned on the UCD campus and is a career-oriented and business-related society. What is it exactly that has attracted some 15,000 students to join? Well, there’s a plethora of reasons. Firstly, the I&E are known for organising weekly poker tournaments, where students pit off against each other using real money. At only €5 buy-in, it’s accessible to everyone, whether they be a beginner or skilled gambler!  

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The second factor that makes I&E a good society to join are the speakers they attract. Last year, these included Sean Gallagher (Presidential candidate), Fergal O’Rourke (MD of PwC), Gary McGann (MD of Paddy Power) and Tom Gleeson (founder of Bunsen). This year will see Sonia Deasy (co-founder of Pestle & Mortar), Ann Hunt (founder of Chasing Returns) and Brody Sweeney (founder of Camile Thai) attending the Speaker Series.  

Other initiatives are no-less special. The Women in Business programme provides support for, well, women in business. It aims to connect women across UCD with successful female alumni. Their Accelerator Programme helps students develop business ideas into tangible, functional entities. Their Student Managed Fund holds over $25,000 worth of assets and allows students to dip their toes into the life of an investment manager. Lastly, the I&E are launching a new Mentorship Programme this year, which aims to partner students looking for graduate roles or internships with someone in their industry/company of interest.  

Naturally, the I&E isn’t for everyone. But, if you’re looking for a society with knowledge in the financial markets and entrepreneurship, or one which brings in great speakers, then this could be a good one for you to join.  

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