Enactus Nottingham team crowned 2020 UK champions
Nottingham students win national social entrepreneurship competition
A team of students from the University of Nottingham have been crowned National Champions of the prestigious Enactus UK social action and enterprise competition. They will go forward to represent the UK at the World Cup competition in September.
Over two days on April 6 and 7, the students competed virtually against the 26 teams that had made it through the regional rounds, to present at the 2020 Enactus UK National Expo, showcasing their social and community projects, judged by business executives.
Limited to a 12-minute pitch, they were evaluated on how successfully they demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership to drive business and innovation for sustainable positive impact to benefit people, planet and prosperity this academic year. The final round judging panel comprised of over 60 senior business and social sector executives.
The team, Enactus Nottingham, is mentored and supported by Nottingham University Business School and won the competition after presenting two of their eight inspirational social enterprises.
Foodprint is Nottingham's first social supermarket tackling food poverty and food waste in the local community through supplying food 60% cheaper than supermarkets and redistributing free food to local charities and school breakfast clubs.
Their international project in Uganda, Nutrigreens, uses the power of innovation to combat malnutrition in Ugandan school children. The team used entrepreneurial leadership to design a vertical farming system and taught local farmers how to grow microgreens - the seedlings of leafy herbs and plants that can be grown in small spaces all year round - sustainably.
It is the second year in a row that the team from the University of Nottingham have won the competition, and it was an unprecedented 7th win over the previous 17 years of participating in the competition.
David Park, Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Nottingham University Business School, said: It’s an honour to see our Enactus Nottingham team recognised as UK National Champions for the second year in a row. It is a privilege for me and my colleagues in the Business School to mentor and support our students as they continue to make a positive, sustainable impact in our local community and around the world.
Enactus aims to develop the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. The university programme has been running since 2001 and now operates in 60 Universities across the UK, engaging up to 3,000 students each year.
Andrew Bacon OBE, CEO of Enactus UK, said: Congratulations to the 2020 National Enactus Champion team from the University of Nottingham and all of our 60 teams who delivered so much more social and community impact through their projects this year. Every stage of the many competitions was fiercely contested this year and that is down to the hard work of all involved in the programme be they the team members, the business advisers and volunteers or the support from the university and alumni mentors.
Enactus Nottingham will now go on to represent Enactus UK in the 2020 Enactus World Cup, due to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands on the September 8-10.
Founded in 1975, Enactus is the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. The Enactus network of global business, academic and student leaders are unified by one vision—to create a better, more sustainable world.
Enactus UK was founded in 2001 and now operates in 60 universities, with more than 2600 active students.
For more information about Enactus, please visit: www.enactusuk.org
Enactus projects use innovative and entrepreneurial solutions and leadership to tackle a wide range of social issues in their local and international communities. Advancing the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, combating poverty and hunger, promoting good health and wellbeing, taking climate action and providing quality education, to name but a few, supporting diverse beneficiaries such as the unemployed, homeless, NEETS, immigrants and ex-offenders. They also harness the expertise of engineering students to tackle issues such as sanitation, irrigation and disease overseas. These experiences not only transform lives, but give students the opportunity to step out of the classroom and develop leadership skills first hand and the perspective that is essential to resilient leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.
In the UK, Enactus actively engages business and academic volunteers who provide know-how in a framework that encourages the students to be innovative, creative, and to take advantage of the unique resources and opportunities at their university.
Posted on Monday 20th April 2020