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.
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