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On the 10th and 11th April, the top 42 Enactus teams from across the UK competed in the Enactus UK 2017 National Expo at the ExCeL, London.

The dynamic, energy-filled event brought together 750 university students, 60 academics, and over 350 senior UK business leaders across two days of celebration and collaboration of Youth Social Action and Social Enterprise. Key note speakers included Lord Victor Adebowale CBE.

The Enactus teams competed for the title of 2017 Enactus UK National Champion by showcasing their social and community projects to business executives serving as judges. The students were evaluated on 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 comprised 100 senior business leaders including Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick, CBE, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG International, Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK and Gurpreet Jagpal, Chair of Enterprise Educators UK.

Enactus King’s College London won the 2017 competition and will represent Enactus UK at the Enactus World Cup, taking place in London on 26th-28th September. The team will showcase their inspirational international social enterprise, Light Mountain, which provides clean cooking stoves and fuel solutions to rural communities in Tanzania and Branched, an enterprise in London seeking to empower refugees through English language education and work experience through their enterprise which utilises unsellable fruit and vegetables to produce crisps.

The Enactus World Cup 2017 will be hosted by Enactus UK in London, at the same venue, ExCel from 26th -28th September, 2017. This is the first time since 2001 that Enactus UK has hosted the Enactus World Cup and preparations are well under way. Enactus UK is looking forward to welcoming the 35 other competing Enactus country Champions to our capital, London.

The two-day event consisted of more than just the competition and included an Enterprise and Employability Fair with over 35 corporate and social enterprise partners and a Project Exhibition in which the students showcased their flagship social and community projects to participants and judges.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Barclays hosted luncheons on ‘Enterprising Women’ and ‘Trends in Entrepreneurship’ which were each attended by over 140 student leaders. Ashley Hever, Talent Acquisition Director at Enterprise Rent-A-Car said, “It was great to meet so many Enactus students at our Enterprising Women Networking Brunch ‘What I know now… I wish I knew then’. We were able to make connections with some fantastic students and start conversations which will hopefully lead to many starting their careers with Enterprise.

Enterprise Educator UK (EEUK) hosted a lunch for all the Enactus University Advisers and Enactus UK and EEUK, announced its intention to work more closely together to drive forward their important work in enterprise education, social enterprise and youth social action within the HE sector. Gups Jagpal, Chair of EEUK, also presented University Adviser Awards to Gary Dewey of the University of Liverpool and Sophie Taylor Gammon of the University of Kent in recognition of their unstinting support for their teams over the past year.

Enactus UK released its thought leadership paper – Millennial Values, Future Leaders which celebrates the experiences of Enactus UK Alumni who have gone on to lead in society as future socially responsible leaders in enterprise.

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