Blog · Apr 17, 2014

Enactus UK National Finals – #WeAllWin – Students Changing the World for Good

We were lucky enough to be part of this year’s Enactus UK National Competition – our very own Ben Hunt-Davis was honoured to be asked to join the prestigious board of judges, looking for 2014’s winners from the 35 university teams who had made it to the Finals.

The top 35 Enactus teams from across the UK participated in the Enactus UK National Competition, at the Novotel, Hammersmith, London, earlier this week.


The teamwork was impressive! There were 800 university students, 50 academics, and over 300 business leaders present. The Enactus teams were competing 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.

The final round of competition bought together 70 senior business leaders from blue chip companies as judges, including Lord Michael Hastings Head of Citizenship, KPMG International, Stuart Mitchell, Group Chief Executive SIG plc and Nicolas Aubert, Managing Director UK & Israel, AIG.

Who will break the mould?

Ben’s own impressions:

“I’ve been lucky enough to judge at a few events before where students have presented work that they have done.

The Enactus finals were in a completely different league. I was stunned by the standard of the presentations. The amount of work that went into them must have been immense. I thought that the  range of the projects that the students are undertaking and the experiences that they must have gained from working with women in refuges, ex drug addicts and offenders, as well as families in developing countries, must be life changing.

I was really impressed by the confidence and maturity that the groups exhibited while presenting, and when asked questions by senior business leaders. Being able to hold their ground in a daunting situation was impressive.

Having not been involved with Enactus before or seen the World Cup, I thought that the presenting style was passionate and effective but everyone had a similar approach – at some point a team will come up with a new approach to mark themselves out as being different and raising the bar still further.

Who will it be that has the courage to break the mould?”

Enactus World Cup 2014

The winning team – Enactus Sheffield – will now advance to the Enactus World Cup 2014 to compete against 35 other countries in Beijing, China on 22-24 October. Last year’s UK champion, from the University of Southampton was awarded 2nd place at the event, so the UK can aspire to great things again this year.

Shirley Jackson, Director, Recruitment, Global & EMEIA , EY says ‘I support Enactus wholeheartedly. The student teams in the UK have an impressive drive to make a difference, being committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world’.

Emyr Williams, Chairman of Enactus UK said that ‘the National Competition is such a positive experience, with so many student teams helping so many people; it gives hope for the country and for the future’.

We at Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? whole-heartedly second that!

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