On September 26th to 28th, Enactus Utrecht went to the international championships in London. Enactus is an international non-profit dedicated to inspiring students to take entrepreneurial action to improve the lives of others. The Enactus World Cup is an annual event featuring the best social innovation projects created by the top university and college teams from 36 countries, qualified from 1,700 campuses and 72,000 student participants around the globe. At the Enactus World Cup, the National Champion team from each of the 36 participating countries have the opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial action they took to raise the standard of living for others. Before the start of summer, Enactus Utrecht won the national championships and got the opportunity to represent our country in London.
A record number of 120 Dutch students, alumni and partners gathered in London to watch the Dutch team shine. Michael Maahs, Saskia Littooij, Emilie Brenn and Lisette Quirijns were the representatives of this year. The first day of the World Cup was characterised by a cultural fair, where every participating country showed their own typical products. On Wednesday, the day had come that everybody had been waiting for: presentation day! During the 17-minute presentation, different successes of Enactus Utrecht were discussed. Rebottled and KlikStart are two social enterprises who successfully achieved independence this year. Potje Met is an enterprise that wants to prevent food waste and Toekies is a fairly new enterprise that focuses on the future of refugee children by selling t-shirts with their story on it. Toekies also provided the orange t-shirts for all Dutch attendees, thanks to the funding of University Utrecht and Enactus alumni Coen de Vries. Top global business executives served as judges, evaluating the teams’ performances. Unfortunately, team Holland didn’t make it to the next round. On the last day, the finalists presented their successes and India was the big winner of the evening. They received 50,000 dollar to split between their own university and the rest of the Indian universities. The money will be used to improve their projects and fund new ones.
Next year, the World Cup will be held at Silicon Valley, California. Are you interested and do you want to be part of the Enactus family? Visit the website of Enactus Utrecht and Enactus Netherlands for more info! Want to see more of the Enactus World Cup 2017? Watch this video below.