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Enactus Nottingham crowned Enactus UK national champion 2016

The top 35 Enactus teams from across the UK competed in the Enactus UK 2016 National Competition, at the Novotel, Hammersmith, London.

The dynamic, energy filled event brought together 800 university students, 60 academics, and over 400 senior business leaders. The Enactus teams competed for the title of Enactus UK National Champion through showcasing their community outreach projects to business executives serving as judges.

The students were evaluated by how successfully they applied business concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life of those in need. Karen Bill, Chair of Enterprise Educators UK joined the final round judging panel that comprised 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. Last year’s UK champion, from the University of Southampton is the reigning World Champion after their barnstorming success in Johannesburg, so the UK are hoping for success again this year.

EnactusEEUKPhoto1University Advisers play a vital role in supporting their teams and EEUK was pleased to sponsor the University Adviser award once again. There was a joint win for Marc Lintern, Director of Careers Service and Vicky Mountford, Entrepreneurial Development Officer at Newcastle University (pictured left with Dr Richard Beresford). Their team nominated them saying “The development and progression of Enactus Newcastle would not have been possible without the continual support of Victoria Mountford and Marc Lintern, guiding and encouraging our team to push forward our team’s vision.” The second award went to Roma Bhowmick, Strategy Coach & Doctoral Researcher(Strategy Group) at the University of Hertfordshire (pictured below) whose team said “We could not have achieved so much progress, our Dean's Award, preparing and competing at competitions as well as where we are today, if not for Roma’s unwavering support for our team.”EnactusEEUKPhoto2

This year’s event included a University Adviser summit where there was a discussion, chaired by Lord Michael Hastings CBE, to explore how Enactus UK and its university partners might benefit from a closer relationship in developing social entrepreneurs and social business innovation.

Andrew Bacon, CEO Enactus UK was delighted with the success of the event -­‐ “Congratulations to Nottingham and all of our 56 teams who delivered so much more through their projects this year. 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.”

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