2017 Enactus UK National Champions- University of Southampton

On the 10th and 11th April, the top 42 Enactus teams from across the UK competed in the Enactus UK 2017 National Expo at the ExCeL, London.

The dynamic, energy-filled event brought together 750 university students, 60 academics, and over 350 senior UK business leaders across two days of celebration and collaboration of Youth Social Action and Social Enterprise. Key note speakers included Lord Victor Adebowale CBE.

The Enactus teams competed for the title of 2017 Enactus UK National Champion by showcasing their social and community projects to business executives serving as judges. The students were evaluated on 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 100 senior business leaders including Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick, CBE, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG International and Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK. 

Enactus Southampton won the competition after showcasing two of their inspirational social enterprises. The first, Sole Support, trains vulnerable individuals within Kenyan communities to create shoes out of waste tyres and tackles three main issues: protection against infections and parasites, lack of affordable footwear and accumulating stock piles of waste tyres. The second, Juamaji, uses heat from the sun to purify dirty water whilst sustainably farming tilapia fish, providing both cleaner water and a staple food source to the communities they work in. 

Enactus Southampton will now go on to represent Enactus UK in the Enactus World Cup 2017 which we are very proud to be hosting in London, at the same venue, ExCel from 26th -28th September, 2017. This is the first time since 2001 that Enactus UK has hosted the Enactus World Cup and preparations are well under way. Enactus UK is looking forward to welcoming the 35 other competing Enactus country Champions to our capital, London.

To find out more about the 2017 Enactus World Cup please visit www.enactus.org/worldcup

2017 Enactus UK National Champions-University of Southampton

Launching the Social Innovation Programme

This year, we are launching a brand new programme for our Enactus Teams: The Social Innovation Programme

This is an exciting opportunity for teams to join and receive support to develop a solution for a problem in the Education & Training sector. We will support teams to develop a Social Enterprise which tackles the problem they are passionate about solving in this sector. 

How is this programme different?

During this programme, we will provide special events and opportunities- taking teams to visit Social Enterprises and organisations in the sector to fully understand the problem they are trying to tackle. In addition, teams will also get the opportunity to attend a special ideation weekend designed to support them in developing a solution for their Social Enterprise. Teams will also receive intensive support and mentoring to support them in this journey.

Applications close on Sunday 20th November. 

If you would like to find our more information please contact our Events Manager, Hollie Stanton on hstanton@enactus.org 

Announcing Our New Summer Interns

We are excited to announce two Summer interns will be joining us in June! These talented individuals will be responsible for the development and delivery of two critical improvements to the Enatcus UK programme. 

The selected candidates have shown a real dedication to the programme through previous roles within their Enactus teams. See who is joining us below.

 
Charlotte Blackhurst HR Director, Enactus Nottingham

Charlotte Blackhurst

HR Director, Enactus Nottingham

 
Hannah Burnett Project Leader, Enactus St Andrews

Hannah Burnett

Project Leader, Enactus St Andrews

 

ENTERPRISE EDUCATORS UK FEATURE NATIONAL CHAMPION

Long time Enactus UK Partner, Enterprise Educators UK, have featured Enactus Nottingham on their website to raise awareness of their success and our National Competition:

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.

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Announcing our New Programme Staff

We are excited to announce four new programme managers will be joining us in June. These talented individuals will be responsible for the development and delivery of our Enactus UK Programme, working directly with students and University advisers to ensure teams have the support and skills required to change lives every day.

The selected candidates have shown a real dedication to the programme through previous roles within their Enactus teams. See who is joining us below.

Andy Houghton VP Operations, Enactus Loughborough

Andy Houghton

VP Operations, Enactus Loughborough

Callum Usher Dodd President, Enactus UWE

Callum Usher Dodd

President, Enactus UWE

Emily Gilmour President, Enactus Newcastle

Emily Gilmour

President, Enactus Newcastle

Nathan Beresforde President, Enactus Edinburgh

Nathan Beresforde

President, Enactus Edinburgh

ENACTUS NOTTINGHAM CROWNED ENACTUS UK NATIONAL CHAMPION, 2016

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”

#EnactusUKNationals 2016 Keynote Speaker: Sir Ranulph Fiennes

“CONQUERING NEW TERRITORIES REQUIRES NOT ONLY AMBITION BUT ALSO LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

TMF Group, Global Brand Ambassador 2016

We are delighted to announce that Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, described by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the World’s Greatest Living Explorer’, will be our keynote speaker on Day 2 of the 2016 Enactus UK National Competition!

For fifty years, Sir Ranulph has inspired generations with his ability to conquer new territories, embrace opportunities and build high performing teams whilst undertaking some of the hardest challenges on earth. Starting in 1967 with the Jostedalsbreen Glacier Expedition, Sir Ranulph has since undertaken physical challenges across all the world’s terrains and continents. His many achievements include completing a Transglobe Expedition (1979-82), a solo Arctic Expedition (2000), and the gruelling Marathon des Sables (2015) aged 71.

Across six decades of record breaking expeditions Sir Ranulph’s achievements include:

Eiger - Credit to Ian Parnell

Eiger - Credit to Ian Parnell

  • Over $23 million raised for charity
  • First to reach both Poles by surface travel
  • First to cross Antarctic and Arctic Ocean
  • First to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis
  • First hovercraft expedition up the longest river in the world
  • First unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent
  • Summited Mount Everest and The Eiger North Face
  • Completed Marathon des Sables aged 71

“I am really looking forward to speaking at the Enactus UK National Competition and being part of this unique event that celebrates entrepreneurial action amongst young people to drive social change. Solving problems whether large or small, in your local community or abroad has its own unique set of challenges. Only by knowing the risks and planning for them, can you overcome them. I hope my stories can inspire and motivate the bright young people in attendance”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Ran Concentration - Eiger - Credit to Ian Parnell

Ran Concentration - Eiger - Credit to Ian Parnell

Khumbu Icefall - Credit to Liz Scarff

Khumbu Icefall - Credit to Liz Scarff

The Global Goals Accelerator

 

We are excited to announce we have recently partnered with Unilever to launch a brand new initiative: The Global Goals Accelerator.

Two of Unilever’s brand teams, Domestos and Lifebuoy, will each invest up to £25,000 (a maximum of £5k or £2.5k per project) in Enactus projects that contribute and align to the Global Goals and their individual brand objectives to support this.

The focus of the inaugural Global Goals Accelerator event will be on goal number 6- Clean Water and Sanitation. In June, Enactus project teams will be invited to ‘pitch’ their ideas to key brand leaders at Unilever’s Innovation Hub in London. 

Unilever are looking for projects that support their brand objectives:

  • The Domestos Social Mission: To help everyone, everywhere have a clean and safe toilet. Domestos and Unilever have committed to improving access to a toilet for 25 million people by 2020.
  • The Lifebuoy Social Mission: Lifebuoy’s vision is to bring health and hygiene to people through their ‘help a child reach 5’ programme. By 2020, the Lifebuoy brand aims to change the hygiene behaviour of one billion consumers.

For more information about the Global Goals Accelerator partnership, please contact: hstanon@enactus.org


Enactus Bangor Welcomed as the Newest Team on the Programme

We are very pleased to announce that on Monday 25th January Enactus Bangor were welcomed as the newest team to join our programme. The team completed all on boarding procedures, and over 50 students have started working to improve lives through entrepreneurial action. They are currently working on several projects - aiming to reduce food waste, recycle wasted plastic and help unemployed individuals in Bangor. The University of Bangor has been a great support for the team, even before officially joining the programme – they already have 3 central university advisors, with a further 7 members of staff providing support. Funding has been given to the team to pay for travel to training events and start up for their social enterprises. 

"Enactus plays very much to the strengths of Bangor University" said Vice-Chancellor Professor John G Hughes “The concept of transformation through collaborative social action remains a core value of Bangor University, and we are delighted to support the establishment of Enactus Bangor by our students."

We are very pleased to welcome Enactus Bangor to the Programme and wish them every success in their projects. The team can now progress to compete in our Rookie League at the Enactus UK National Competition on the 11th and 12th April in Hammersmith.

Andrew Bacon, CEO of Enactus UK and Professor John G Hughes, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bangor signing the Enactus MOU.

World Toilet Day

Sanitation is a global development priority. In 2013 the United Nations General Assembly announced November 19 as World Toilet Day- in order to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and relevant stakeholders. Clear water and sanitation is also the 6th out of the 17 Global Goals to work on for a bright future. 

Recently, at the Grantham Development Centre, I spoke to Enactus students about the importance of Global Goals, their alignment to Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan and our brands which are already working hard to make them a reality.

World Toilet Day is a day to have the whole world talking about toilets. It is a day to take action and raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite it being a human right. Of the world’s 7 billion people, 2.4 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation - they have to go to the toilet in the open, with the risk of becoming victims to attack, rape and harassment. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children.

It is important to raise awareness of this harsh reality and inspire action to drive change.  Domestos, in collaboration with UNICEF and WaterAid, invited VIP attendees to experience the ‘SeeThrough Toilet’ in New York - a mirrored toilet cubicle with a difference. From the outside, it is a mirror but from the inside, you can see everything happening outside around you. Visitors could experience what it feels like, sitting on a toilet out in the open, feeling exposed. It brings home how real the problems of lack of access to safe and private sanitation facilities are for one third of the population, who cannot enjoy the most simple of provisions.  For highlights from the Domestos’s See Through Loo at Global Citizen Festival 2015, watch this video.  

In support of Global Goal 6, and as part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, Domestos has the commitment to help 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020. Together with UNICEF, Unilever works on global sanitation behaviour change programmes and through school programmes, educates young pupils on sanitation and personal hygiene.

We as individuals can also contribute by telling everyone about the #globalgoals for a #brightfuture. I encourage you to visit www.globalcitizen.org and have a look at the ways in which you can show your support to the Global Goals initiative. This is the chance to act as a true global citizen.  

Warm Regards,

Paul Logan

VP Finance UK & I, Unilever

Flashback of Training Weekend

Date 08th November 2015

Contact Peter Bailey – Vice Chair of the Enactus Alumni Network

Telephone 07510103409

 

Press Release

350 leaders of tomorrow, supported by some of the top global companies, gather to build their capacity for tackling the UN’s Global Goals at the Enactus UK training weekend 2015 supported by Enactus UK Alumni

-Students build capacity to tackle Global Goals-

 

Enactus UK, in partnership with a number of the UKs top corporates and their alumni, hosted 350 students from across the UK in Grantham for two days of team and capacity building. The weekend focused on developing their skills in areas from project management, idea creation to increasing understanding of the UK sustainable development goals.

The Enactus UK programme aims to educate students to become more socially responsible and culturally responsible young leaders, the early seeds of which are beginning to be seen as alumni come from across their respective companies to support the weekend. Students utilise this knowledge through the creation and execution of projects within their local community as well as some on an international stage.

Andrew Bacon, Enactus UK CEO said “What an incredible event this year, bringing together the next cohort of social entrepreneurs and responsible corporate business people, to train and develop together. The programme gets stronger every year and we look forward to hosting the World Cup event in 2017, an event that all this year's Training Weekend attendees will be able to take some part in.”

Nationally, the alumni network are supporting the Enactus UK programme by mentoring over 50 university teams to increase the students personal and professional capacity, with the UK champions Enactus Southampton this year winning the World Cup in South Africa. Emily Chan, Chair of the Enactus UK Alumni said “We are proud to do everything we can to support and give back to the Enactus network that gave us so much as students. We know we are building something really special here and are so excited to see the innovative ideas, projects and social enterprises that the students are continually developing in line with the new development goals.  The annual training weekend is great way to inspire students and help them turn their visions into a reality."

-More about Enactus-

Enactus is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, our students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. Our work transforms both the lives of the people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders. To find out more about Enactus please visit www.enactusuk.org

-More about Enactus UK Alumni-

With over 150 active members, the Enactus UK Alumni is an extension of the Enactus UK organisation and aims to become the UK's premier graduate network for social enterprise.

We enact this mission through providing high quality mentoring to Enactus teams and students, supporting the personal and professional development of our members through training and professional development events and providing a forum for likeminded individuals to meet through a variety of engaging social events. More information can be found at www.enactusukalumni.org

-Ends-

For further information please contact Peter Bailey on 07510103409 or email vicechair@enactusukalumni.org

Enactus World Cup 2015

1, 700 universities, 36 competing countries, one Enactus World Champion.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa, for release 19 October 2015 – Having qualified from more than 70,500 university students on greater than 1,750 campuses, 36 national teams earned the honour of representing their country at the Enactus World Cup. Following the closely contested semi-final round, four university teams advanced to the final round with the team from the University of Southampton, representing the United Kingdom, announced as the 2015 Enactus World Champion on Friday 16 October.

Present and future world leaders met this week at the Enactus World Cup to showcase entrepreneurial excellence and shared innovation to transform lives and create a better more sustainable world over three unforgettable days of competition, collaboration and celebration at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Enactus team from the United Kingdom was represented at the 2015 Enactus World Cup by the University of Southampton, who presented their projects focused on addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a special focus on empowerment of entrepreneurs, sanitation, water security and education in Kenya. These are sustainable projects, which can be transferred to other regions, providing long-term solutions to global challenges reflecting the team’s commitment to the objectives of the Enactus programme. A significant achievement of the UK team was their aim for their enterprises to be fully self-sustainable within the next year. The Enactus team from the University of Southampton delivered significant growth and impact over the past year, with the result of a large team which, through team members studying 30 different degree subjects, were able to develop fourteen different projects, all aligned to their team’s goals of equality, education and empowerment as part of their 2020 vision to positively impact 360,000 people.

 Visual footage, event highlights and the profile of the UK team can be viewed on: Enactus.org/WorldCup/.

The magnitude and reach of the powerful and global Enactus organisation, which empowers lives, continues to increase with the journey continuing next year at the 2016 Enactus World Cup, to be held in Toronto, Canada from 28th – 30th September 2016. Team United Kingdom’s win this year is a fitting precursor to the 2017 Enactus World Cup, which will be hosted in London.

 Andrew Bacon, CEO of Enactus UK expressed his enthusiasm for this announcement saying “We look forward to hosting this unique event, and seeing the results of further efforts by our teams in the UK to develop the quality and impact of the Enactus programme, following the success here in South Africa in advance of the World Cup in 2017”.

The high calibre of entrepreneurial projects for social impact presented at the Enactus World Cup have been remarkable with over 2 million people impacted over the past year through the global non-profit Enactus, this is set to continue to increase through the energy created during the Enactus World Cup, igniting personal transformation and resulting in community projects that become long-term social enterprises with impact.

Further information available with Terry Torok, Chief Innovation Officer, Enactus Worldwide.

Terry Torok

Enactus Worldwide Chief Innovation Officer

Email: ttorok@enactus.org

Linda Thompson

Enactus World Cup media liaison

Email: lthompson@enactus.org / Tel: +27 72.054.1179

UNITED KINGDOM SELECTED AS HOST COUNTRY FOR ENACTUS WORLD CUP 2017

The UK has been declared the host country for the 2017 Enactus World Cup, a global competition for university students to showcase the community projects they have been working on.  The announcement was made during a special event at the House of Parliament.

Founded in 1975, Enactus is an international community of student, academic and business leaders.  Enactus members undertake projects which use innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to tackle a wide range of social needs including empowering diverse beneficiaries such as the unemployed, homeless, struggling businesses, immigrants and ex-offenders. These experiences not only transform lives, but give students the opportunity to step out of the classroom and develop skills firsthand and the perspective that is essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.

Every year a group of 3,500 student, business, government and academic leaders from around the globe assemble at Enactus World Cup.  In 2017 this prestigious group will gather together in London for Enactus World Cup 2017, for which KPMG is the global presenting sponsor, where they will experience three days of competition, collaboration and celebration.

Through the competition element of the event, attendees witness a showcase of the best Enactus programmes from each of the organisation’s 36 operating countries. This final level of competition is a culmination of over 70,500 university students on more than 1,750 university campuses around the world through a series of national events.

Last year’s winners, from North China Electric Power University in Beijing, encouraged their peers to “step out of the laboratory and in to the community” to set up a project which changed the lives of an entire village in Mongolia by developing a wind and solar hybrid generation system to help them step away from using animal dung as a dangerous fuel source.  The benefits to the village have been clear to see, they now have access to mobile phones, fridges to preserve their food, and the children of the village now have greater educational opportunities due to electric lighting which extends their study day, and access to television and radio to increase their knowledge of world events.  The original project team have also worked closely with the locals to train and hire individuals to manage repairs and new installations.

Andrew Bacon, CEO of Enactus UK said:  "At a time when we are all focused on transforming opportunities for young people, developing enterprise and supporting communities, this celebration in the UK of world class endeavours in all these areas comes at a very opportune time.  We look forward to hosting this unique event and seeing the results of our efforts to develop the quality and impact of the Enactus programme here in the UK in advance of the World Cup in 2017. I am sure everyone who takes part will see for themselves the scale and quality of employer engagement, youth leadership, volunteering and enterprise education involved."

Roisin Murphy, head of corporate responsibility at KPMG said: “KPMG are proud to sponsor Enactus and the extremely valuable work they are doing to engage students to deliver local and international community projects.  This not only benefits the societies they work in, but it also provides the students with skills they may not otherwise have been able to gain, such as leadership, entrepreneurialism, empathy and determination.  These skills are tremendously attractive to future employers and many companies actively target Enactus students as they demonstrate what is required to be a future leader”.

Enactus UK, an affiliate of Enactus Worldwide, is proud to have the opportunity to bring this prestigious event back to the UK. In 2001 the inaugural Enactus World Cup took place in London and the event has since been hosted in countries around the world including: Canada, China, France, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, United States and this year in South Africa.

Enactus UK collaborate with RSA

Programme Manager, Rachel Munns delivering a presentation to RSA Fellows.

Programme Manager, Rachel Munns delivering a presentation to RSA Fellows.

A key element of our new programme strategy is to better align with the social sector in order to drive project improvement. In line with this, we have recently partnered with the RSA. Fellows of the RSA will serve as social sector advisers to our teams as well as support in the delivery of social enterprise training. Earlier this month our Programme Manager Rachel Munns presented the new partnership to RSA fellows at ‘RSA Emerge: Generation Y’ alongside Enactus student Safiyah Islam from KCL – a fantastic networking opportunity and the start of an exciting new collaboration!

Two New Members of Staff

29th June 2015

           Caroline right and Abtahee left

           Caroline right and Abtahee left

We are pleased to announce, two new members of staff have joined the Enactus UK team. This includes Caroline Turner (left) as Programme Manager for the North East and South West and Abtahee Islam (right) as Engagement Manager.

Abtahee has incredible Enactus experience having been Team Leader at Enactus Surrey in 2013, headed up the Unilever Business Advisor relationship in 2014 whilst on placement and this year was awarded CRE of the year in the Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Business Engagement Individual Topic Competitions.

Caroline has three years experience and has spent two years as team leader, which includes leading Enactus Sheffield to the top 8 teams at the Enactus World Cup in Beijing. Caroline was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award this year!

Both have lots of ideas to improve our engagement/programme and looking forward to working with all our partners and teams.