By Wallace Mawire
On 13 July 2018, several Enactus teams from across Zimbabwe will participate in the Enactus Zimbabwe National Competition, held at Celebration Centre, Harare.
The teams of university students come together to showcase their social impact efforts and compete based on the quality of their entrepreneurial projects that provide an innovative, sustainable impact in their community. One team will be awarded the title of Enactus Zimbabwe National Champion, and will advance to Enactus World Cup 2018 in Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, USA on 9-11 October.
According to the Enactus Country Leader, Mrs. Busisiwe Marandure “We are looking forward to this momentous occasion which marks the culmination of the hard work and passion that the students have dedicated to their community based projects. Over the past year, we have built momentum through the Road to Silicon Valley Events which were held monthly. We are expecting over 500 people to attend this year’s events and this includes students, university personnel, and sponsors, judges who are taken from captains of industry, civil society, government and other stakeholders.”
The Enactus Country Board Chair Mr. Mucha Mkanganwi says “We expect the students to present quality projects that are innovative in nature and solve the critical problems that our country is experiencing. This year the focus on technology should add an interesting twist to the projects. Our students are hardworking, dedicated and we value their commitment to the program. We equally appreciate the partners and sponsors that help to make this event possible.”
From April-July, Enactus will host National Competitions in 36 countries. These dynamic, energetic events bring together student, academic and business leaders from the Enactus network for an opportunity to engage, collaborate and learn from one another.
Last year, Enactus students around the world volunteered more than 7.3 million service hours creating and implementing over 3,800 projects that directly impacted more than 1.3 million lives. These experiences not only transform the lives of the people the projects serve, but also help the students develop the kind of talent and perspective essential to leadership that sees challenges facing people and planet as opportunities to improve the world.
According to Enactus, they believe that investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for all. It is reported that the Enactus experience transforms both the lives of the people the students’ projects serve, and in turn, the lives of Enactus students themselves as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders. Founded in 1975, today Enactus has more than 72,000 student participants on over 1,730 campuses in 36 countries.
Enactus Zimbabwe was founded in 2000. The organization operates in 12 colleges and universities, with more than 600 students participating in Zimbabwe.
Nine university teams across Zimbabwe will be showcasing their entrepreneurial outreach projects. The National Champion will represent Zimbabwe at the 2018 ENACTUS World Cup, which will be held in Silicon Valley, San Jose, California 09th–10th of October 2018. At this World Cup thirty-six teams will be representing their home country and vying for the 2018 ENACTUS World Cup Championship.
Under the Enactus program students identify and implement community projects which seek to utilise entrepreneurial action in empowering communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. The students will present the outcomes of their projects in front of a panel of judges at a function called Enactus National Competition.