Now operating in more than 50 universities, with more than 3,000 active students, Enactus aims to bring together student entrepreneurs to improve the quality and standard of life for people in need.
Its international community of students are guided by academic advisors and business experts, in order to build and implement projects to improve communities around the world.
The annual National Competition brought together 800 university students, 60 academics, and over 400 senior business leaders. The teams competed for the title of Enactus UK National Champion
through showcasing their community outreach projects to business executives serving as judges.
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 included 70 senior business leaders from blue chip companies, including Lord Michael Hastings 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, Re-covered, employs people in need to refurbish unwanted furniture which is then sold on to residents in housing associations. The second, Aquor, uses their own water filter design 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.
“Congratulations to Nottingham and all of our 56 teams who delivered so much more through their projects this year,” said Andrew Bacon, CEO Enactus UK.
“It was very pleasing to see the growth in numbers and diversity of students participating in the programme this year. Every stage of the competition was more competitive this year and that is down to the hard work of all involved in the programme be they the team members, their business advisers and the support from their universities. We look forward to the World Cup in Toronto in September and to a stronger and bigger programme in 2017.”