The top 35 Enactus teams from across the UK competed in the Enactus UK 2016 National Competition, at the Novotel, Hammersmith, London.
The dynamic, energy filled event brought together 800 university students, 60 academics, and over 400 senior business leaders. The Enactus teams competed for the title of Enactus UK National Champion through showcasing their community outreach projects to business executives serving as judges. The students were evaluated by how successfully they applied business concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life of those in need. The final round judging panel comprised 70 senior business leaders from blue chip companies including Lord Michael Hasting CBE, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG International and Stuart Mitchell, Group Chief Executive SIG plc.
Enactus Nottingham won the competition after showcasing two of their inspirational social enterprises. The first, employs people in need to upcycle old furniture which is then sold cheaply to housing associations. The second, Aquor, uses biosand water filtration technology to provide clean water to thousands in Cameroon. Enactus Nottingham will go on to represent Enactus UK in the Enactus World Cup 2016 and will compete against 35 other countries in Toronto, Canada in September. Last year’s UK champion, from the University of Southampton is the reigning World Champion after their barnstorming success in Johannesburg, so the UK are hoping for success again this year. London has been selected to host the Enactus World Cup in October 2017 for the first time since 2004 and the Enactus UK team are already organising the event and are excited to welcome students, university staff and business leaders from all over the world. Vince Robson, faculty advisor for Enactus Durham said “The past two days have been fantastic. We really had a superb time, our team grew in confidence with every round and were ecstatic to reach the final five. It is now with increased excitement that we look ahead – we’ve set the bar now and are looking forward to the next 12 months”
This 2-day action-packed event consisted of more than the competition; it included a Career Fair and a Project Fair in which the students showcased their flagship social projects to participants. The student and business leaders also took part in round table discussions about responsible leadership and harnessing talents for future success. Stuart West of the Ford Motor Company said of the event “Having attended 2 Enactus UK Finals, I am very impressed with the calibre of the students and the quality of the projects undertaken. This year was especially pleasing to be able to bring the Ford C3 Awards sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund to the Finals and that one of our winners, Nottingham University, were also crowned as the National UK Champions. Congratulations to Nottingham University and to all of the students who participated”