enactus world cup 2017

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INDIA WINS ENACTUS WORLD CUP 2017 IN LONDON

(London) 28 September 2017 – In a close competition, Team India has emerged as the winner of the 2017 Enactus World Cup.

Enactus is an international non-profit dedicated to inspiring students to take entrepreneurial action to improve the lives of others. The Enactus World Cup is an annual event featuring the best social innovation projects created by the top university teams from 36 countries, qualified from 1,700 campuses and 72,000 student participants around the globe.

Enactus Team India, represented by Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, was named Global Champion for Project Raahat, which aims to increase sanitation in slum communities of urban Delhi, and Udaan, an initiative that empowers women to operate computer centres in rural India to promote skill development and increase awareness of economic opportunities.

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The final round of competition also featured Enactus teams from Puerto Rico, Canada, and Kyrgyzstan, with Canada taking second place.

Learn more about the competing teams and their projects at enactus.org/worldcup/meet-the-teams.

The Ford Motor Company Fund also announced that the four Enactus finalist teams would receive a total of $90,000 in the new annual Ford Better World Award, recognising excellence in social impact, with $50,000 going to Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and the Enactus country of India.

“Ford Motor Company Fund is always on the lookout for transformational ideas that make people's lives better through innovation and access,” says Jim Vella, President, Ford Motor Company Fund. “The outstanding student teams competing at the Enactus World Cup are turning this vision into reality and are a shining example of the power of social entrepreneurship to change lives and transform communities.”

In addition to providing funding for the Finalist teams, this year, Ford Motor Company Fund also partnered with Enactus UK to run the Ford Innovation Challenge. This competition awarded over £35,000 to three UK based enterprises to help them scale their impact on a national scale. After presenting to Ford executives, Enactus Sheffield came out on top, winning £25,000 for their project Motion- a social enterprise that designs and delivers chair-based exercise sessions for elderly individuals with the intent of increasing physical mobility, reducing social isolation and improving the lives of participants while also providing employment for locally vulnerable people.

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Other awards presented during the three days included Unilever who received the Global Champion Award for their 30-year commitment to Enactus.

Additionally, Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever, was awarded the Enactus Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, which is presented to individuals who exemplify the transformative power of the entrepreneurial spirit by applying their talents, passions and business innovation to achieve exceptional success in business, while enabling greater progress for people around the world.

In his acceptance speech, Paul Polman, CEO Unilever said, “You have decided by virtue of your commitment to Enactus, to put yourself to the service of others. My appeal to you is to lead a life of purpose… a plan for people, peace, prosperity and the planet.”

 “We couldn’t have been more pleased to welcome the world to London for this inspiring event,” says Andrew Bacon, CEO, Enactus UK. “The city of London has endured a lot of heartache this past year, and the Enactus World Cup is a great reminder that when we unite for positive change, everybody benefits; everybody wins.”

KPMG, the presenting sponsor of the Enactus World Cup for the past 22 years, renewed their commitment for the next three years.

John Veihmeyer, Chairman, KPMG International, who has been a longstanding supporter and champion for Enactus globally and in the US, stated that he was proud of the long-term commitment, "At KPMG we are big believers in Enactus. The energy that Enactus students brings to this competition makes all the businesses here incredibly hopeful about the future."

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“Enterprise Educators UK were delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor and contribute to the Enactus World Cup in London 2017. Enactus is recognised and supported by many of our enterprise educator members as we understand the positive experience being involved in Enactus projects brings for our students wanting to make real impact with their entrepreneurial endeavours. It was fantastic to see so many of our members there supporting the student teams. Many thanks to the organisers who allowed EEUK to host a lunch during such a prestigious international event – it gave us the perfect platform to launch our new Enterprise Educators Global network!” Sarah Underwood, Chair of Enterprise Educators UK. 

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"The 2017 Enactus World Cup was a first for me. Describing the experience in a word would be impossible and calling it incredible would be a understatement! Having people from 36 different cultures under a single roof was magnificent. My favourite part was to learn about the incredible work teams do across the globe to change people’s lives and transform communities. I look forward to attending the next World Cup!" Sharad Kiswani, Enactus Student from The University of Kent. 

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“For the University of Edinburgh being involved in Enactus and having team members attend the recent Enactus World Cup helps us deliver the sort of experience we aspire to for all our students. In addition to the academic side of student life we want our students experience to involve a much broader range of activities and opportunities for experiential learning. We actively encourage engagement in entrepreneurial activity and engagement in both the local and wider international community. The Enactus World Cup showcases the amazing impact that students can make and reinforces the benefits of the powerful trinity of education, community and industry. The outstanding achievements of the winning team from Delhi is an inspiration to us all to continue to look for opportunities to have real impact across the globe.” Alison Gee, Enterprise Development Manager; University of Edinburgh. 

The next Enactus World Cup will take place 9 - 11 October 2018 in Silicon Valley, San Jose, California.

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Video highlights from Enactus World Cup 2017 can be viewed at enactus.org/worldcup. To learn more, visit www.enactus.org/get-involved.