Meet nine of the teams that will be competing for the 2014 Enactus World Cup. Stay tuned for more team profiles.
To see some of these teams present their projects, tune in to our live broadcasts of the key ceremonies and the final round presentations. Information about the event, including the live stream schedule can be found at http://enactus.org/worldcup.
The Enactus World Cup showcases college and university students around the world who go above and beyond to help their communities through entrepreneurial action. This year the event will be held in Beijing, China from 22-24 October and select events will be livestreamed.
An Enactus team in Puerto Rico saw a way to improve the lives of impoverished girls and their families. The team taught girls in their community to make beautiful jewelry from old t-shirts and sell it to help support their families. The project empowered 31 parents to become entrepreneurs and resulted in $6,500 in supplemental income for the girls and their families. Not only did they have a great economic impact, but they also recycled more than 650 shirts.
Celebrate World Sight Day and watch a video of Enactus students who help provide affordable eye care
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“By training villagers to diagnose common vision problems, you effectively create a dedicated workforce of micro-opticians that can make and sell glasses to people in their communities, while also providing for their families.”
-Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, talking about the project OneDollarGlasses by the Enactus Technical University of Munich team in Germany.
A Kenyan Enactus team came up with a way to turn food waste into fuel for stoves. They taught 36 people to make corncobs into briquettes that are used in place of charcoal. The new fuel source is sustainable, cuts down on costs and requires less transportation because the new sustainable fuel is locally abundant. A message about the corncob briquettes reached over 20 million Kenyans and now 35 institutions are using the alternative source of fuel.
"As members of Enactus, these entrepreneurial students transform discarded resources into a sustainable business model that's relieving pressure on peoples' wallets and cleaning up their community."
―J.P. Bilbrey, CEO and President of The Hershey Company, talking about Enactus students from CIDA City Campus in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their project, Izenzozomusa makes hot water accessible through solar power.
For Frisco Pullom, an award from the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program meant the freedom to focus on his engineering education.
When I first got the call from the General Motors Foundation asking me if I’d be willing to write about the impact that the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program had on me, I immediately felt that they had made the perfect choice. Not because I felt I was a more worthy recipient than anyone else who had won the award, but because I knew that the magnitude of the impact this award had on me was practically indescribable. To even attempt, I’ll need to briefly go over my story.