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