SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Enactus Canada team from Lambton College was named Enactus World Cup 2018 Champion last evening and awarded the Ford Better World Award of $50,000USD.
The top 3 runners-up from Enactus Egypt at October 6 University, Cairo; Enactus India at Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi and Enactus Morocco at Mohammadia School of Engineers, Rabat also earned Ford Better World prize monies.
"These teams demonstrated world-class collaboration and entrepreneurial action with projects and businesses that create impact around the world," said Rachael Jarosh, president and CEO, Enactus. "The championship team has developed sustainable solutions which set a new pace of leadership and innovation that stands out as a model of business as a force for good."
The championship ceremony took center stage as the week of action at Enactus World Cup wrapped up. The signature event for Enactus, a global non-profit with more than 72,000 student members from 36 countries across 1,730 university campuses, included three days of competition, collaboration and learning with more than 3,000 business leaders, students, alumni and faculty from around the globe.
"Enactus teams have collaborated to create innovative solutions and put into action their leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. They are shaping the future, today," said Jim Vella, President of Ford Motor Company Fund and member of the Enactus Board of Directors. "We congratulate the team from Enactus Canada at Lambton College."
"Our team demonstrated that students at a small Canadian college can and, in fact, did change the world," said Jon Milos, faculty advisor for the championship team. "Lambton College has changed the lives of more than 270,000 people this year alone; building a diversified economy and helping create a middle class in rural Africa."
The team developed Project One Seed over six years working with people living in Zambia, Africa, to achieve their goals: food security, health care, clean water, education, alternative energies, and to build a local economy. In the rural villages in Zambia, there is no electricity or running water, and 71% of people are unable to meet their minimum daily nutritional needs. One Seed uses entrepreneurial action to improve lives by first improving their traditional farming techniques. Now that the Zambians can produce enough food and have disposable income, Enactus Lambton listened to the needs of the community and worked alongside them to build a local economy.
The organization also announced today that the Enactus World Cup will return to San Jose in 2019. "San Jose's focus on innovation and sustainability is superbly aligned with Enactus' mission to engage the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders to use innovation and business principles to improve the world. We are excited to return in September 2019," said Jarosh.
To learn more about Enactus, sponsors, the championship team and all teams competing at Enactus World Cup 2018, visit enactus.org/worldcup. To support Enactus, donate here.
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 1,730 campuses in 36 countries. In 2017, Enactus students dedicated approximately 7.3 million hours, creating and implementing over 3,800 projects that directly impacted more than 1.3 million lives. For more information, www.enactus.org.