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Enactus Nottingham students win Ford Covid-19 College Challenge prize

Enactus Nottingham student team

UK 2020 National Champions Enactus Nottingham

Nottingham student entrepreneurs among the winners of Ford Fund grants for innovative concepts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams of Enactus student social entrepreneurs from around the globe were invited to compete for funding to advance their ideas on how to help people in their community battle COVID-19.

The Ford Fund COVID-19 College Challenge is an offshoot of Ford C3, a signature education programme that awards grants to student teams meeting an urgent community need.

From drug-delivery drones to specialty handwashing stations, student entrepreneurs in nine countries are putting their COVID-19 fighting ideas into action thanks to grants from the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Enactus Notts Foodprint on Wheels

The Enactus Nottingham team developed an extension of its  award-winning Foodprint store—Nottingham's first 'social supermarket'  in Sneinton, Nottingham that redirects surplus food to those in need.

Foodprint on Wheels is delivering necessary food and safety supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurses to Nottinghamshire Hospice in an effort to help relieve some of the pressure put on their community.

Staff at Nottingham University Business School mentor the Enactus Nottingham team, who are the UK National Champions for the second year running.

David Park, Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Business School, said:

We are very proud of the Enactus Nottingham team that they are able to adapt an already valuable social enterprise to respond quickly to the needs of vulnerable people in the community at this difficult time, and help to provide some support. It is fabulous that this initiative has also been recognised by the international Ford Fund Education Covid-19 College Challenge prize.

Ford Fund has awarded more than $16,000 to 14 Enactus teams for student-led projects that will address COVID-19 issues in communities around the world.

Enactus—Ford Fund's global partner for the Ford College Community Challenge—engaged student teams from its 37 country global network, inviting them to submit proposals for how they would address a specific COVID-19 related need in their community. Out of 152 entries, 14 Enactus team projects were selected to receive at least a $1,000 grant through the Ford COVID-19 College Challenge.

The Enactus teams awarded grants come from nine countries—Brazil, Egypt, Eswatini, Ghana, India, Kenya, South Africa, the United Kingdom and United States. Each displayed an innovative approach to meeting the challenges created by COVID-19. The top proposals detailed plans to ensure the safety of those involved, addressed issues in a tangible way, demonstrated a detailed plan for measurable impact and involved students taking a significant leadership role and applying an entrepreneurial mindset.

"When this challenge was presented, we were overwhelmed by the number of proposals and creative ideas that were submitted," said Mike Schmidt, director of education and global community development, Ford Motor Company Fund.

"Even while home and away from their universities due to lockdowns, students across the Enactus network continue to identify problems and find solutions to solve them."

Now in its seventh year, Ford Fund's signature C3 program empowers student teams to develop and lead sustainable projects that meet an urgent community need, such as clean water, food or mobility.

Originally launched in the United States in 2008, Ford C3 is now operating in 11 countries—Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom and United States—and has distributed more than $3 million in global grants to support nearly 200 student-led social projects.

About Ford Motor Company Fund

As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund's mission is to strengthen communities and help make people's lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit

About Enactus

At Enactus, we believe investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all. Enactus develops college students into leaders who use business to solve community challenges, creating sustainable improvements in the lives of the people their projects serve, and in turn, the lives of the students themselves. As the largest experiential learning platform devoted to entrepreneurial action, Enactus has more than 72,000 student participants on over 1,790 campuses. In 2019, Enactus students actively worked in over 70 countries creating and implementing more than 2,300 projects that directly impacted more than 2.9 million lives.

Posted on Thursday 30th April 2020




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