Ford uk innovation challenge winners 2017
during the enactus World Cup 2017, ford uk ANNOUNCED their winners for the ford uk innovation challenge who would receive £25,000!
This challenge is part of the Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3), a program from Ford Motor Company Fund, which supports young people, encouraging social entrepreneurship through the implementation of sustainable community solutions.
This year marks the third anniversary of its operation in Europe, where it is run in cooperation with Enactus.
On Monday 25th September 2017, the three finalist teams; Enactus Nottingham, Enactus Sheffield and Enactus Edinburgh went to Ford UK Headquarters in Warley, Brentwood and pitched their project development ideas to a panel of Ford Judges who are all Ford employees in various different business areas. The teams also had an opportunity to network with the Ford employees and it was great to see the students and employees interacting over the projects and Enactus as a whole.
On Tuesday 26th September 2017, Ford held a reception for all of the finalist teams as well as other attendees from the Enactus World Cup to announce the winner!
Jim Vella, President, Ford Motor Company Fund, announced that Enactus Sheffield were the winners with their project Motion. Motion is 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.
“All the teams would have been worthy winners but the Motion project really stood out as a transformational idea that impacts lives and contributes towards physical, social and economic mobility,” says Vella. “We were so impressed with all the projects however that we are also going to give the University of Edinburgh and the University of Nottingham teams a £5,000 award.”
Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain Chairman and Managing Director, said, “We are delighted to be able to support these exceptional young innovators as they provide creative and sustainable solutions to real-world community issues. Enactus gives these students a fantastic platform to demonstrate their abilities and our Ford Fund award will support the project implementation”.
Dr Gary C Wood SFHEA, Enterprise Education Developer, Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy and an Enactus Sheffield University Adviser said "Winning the Ford Innovation Challenge has given our students a fantastic opportunity to scale their Motion project so that it can reach its full potential. It’s already having a positive impact on the lives of residents in care homes across Sheffield. With the increased funds now available, the delivery model will be expanded to reach people living independently, and scaled through collaboration with the NHS, Age UK and Sheffield Council. We are really grateful to Ford for supporting this project, which will not only benefit the lives of elderly people in our region and beyond, but also enhance the skills of our students as they work to develop and deliver the Motion social enterprise."
"Reaching the finals of the Ford Innovation Challenge and receiving £5000 is going to be transformational for the Enactus Edinburgh Slurp project. It will enable them to take a big step in moving the project onto a more sustainable long term footing resulting in helping a larger number of beneficiaries develop their skills and confidence, moving them closer to securing meaningful employment. For the team that have worked on Slurp for the last few years it is rewarding to see the business model they have developed evolve and gain recognition for its impact. Individually the team members now have an opportunity to continue to develop their own skills as they grow the project in the 12 months ahead. They are all really inspired and excited at the prospect of continuing to use their entrepreneurial action to benefit the local community” Alison Gee, Enterprise Development Manager at Edinburgh University and an Enactus Edinburgh University Adviser.
Congratulations to Enactus Sheffield!