20 UNIVERSITY TEAMS TO COMPETE IN THE 2018 ENACTUS SOUTH AFRICA NATIONAL COMPETITION
Johannesburg, South Africa. 04 July 2018
Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to enabling human progress through the transformative power of entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world.
On the 12h and 13th July, Enactus teams from across South Africa will participate in the Enactus South Africa National Competition, to be held at Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg. The presenting sponsors of this Competition is Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Barloworld whilst our supporting sponsors include AIG South Africa Limited, CHEP, Nedbank, Rich Products Corporation Africa, Unilever and MTN SA Foundation.
This is where these teams of university students will 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 South Africa National Champion, and will advance to Enactus World Cup 2018 in Silicon Valley (California, USA) at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on 9-11 October.
“Through Enactus we aim to ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship of our participants. While encouraging more responsible citizens and business leaders we believe a team-based model where everyone works together towards the same goal is key to success. Entrepreneurial action is a powerful force for good when utilized properly and is something we are all capable of. Enactus South Africa is aiming to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of our members so that together, we can enable real progress and empower our communities while developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and country leaders” says Chief Executive Officer and Country Director for Enactus South Africa, Letitia de Wet.
According to Jurie Welman, Enactus South Africa Board Chairman and President, CHEP SSA & Automative Europe, India, Middle East, Africa (EIMEA) “this event will give all delegates, a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the tremendous results achieved by our students that have “A head for business, and a heart for the world.” What is perhaps more exciting, is to see how our teams take on sustainable, enterprising initiatives to address real socio-economic issues in our country. So, it is true to say that Enactus teams are changing the world – here in South Africa, Africa, and around the globe”.
Over 1,050 delegates are expected to attend this year’s competition. These will be made up of at least 850 student representatives from 24 universities (public and private) of which 16 teams will be competing in the Championship, and approximately 250+ academic mentors and alumni will join as observers, while 120+ leading business executives will serve as adjudicators of the competition.
The Opening and Semi-final Rounds of the competition will take place on Thursday, 12th July, where 16 teams will be up against each other in the four opening round leagues sponsored by Nedbank, Rich Products Corporation Africa and Unilever.
The top two teams from each of the opening round leagues will advance to the semi-final rounds sponsored by AIG South Africa Limited, CHEP, Nedbank and Harmony which will take place in the morning of Friday 13th July. The top two teams from each of the semi-final round leagues will then proceed to battle it out in the final round for the national champion title in the afternoon of Friday, 13th July. The national champion team will advance to the 2018 Enactus World Cup where they will represent our country and compete against 35 countries for the world champion title.
This year, Rookie Teams will also be able to pitch their ideas in the inaugural Ideation Challenge.
The National Competition programme also includes the following:
The Ideation challenge which will be sponsored by Nedbank
Two Action Leaders Forums sponsored by MTN SA Foundation
The Moderator for the 13th July will be Tope Toogun. Toogun is a thought leader in the capacity
building and education to employment space. He is the CEO of Cognity Advisory, an Africa focused
development consulting firm operating in Lagos and Johannesburg. His company’s expertise is in the
development of scalable programs and building partnerships to co-create solutions for Africa’s
development challenges. He was the guest speaker at the 2016 Dr. Richard Maponya Annual Lecture
on Entrepreneurship Development in South Africa and keynote speaker at the 2017 Conference of
the International Association for Cognitive Education. Toogun serves as the Head of the Human
Capital Policy Development Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. He holds a
bachelor’s degree in English, and a Master’s degree in International Relations, both from the Obafemi
Awolowo University in Nigeria. He is an MA graduate in Management Learning & Leadership from
Lancaster University (United Kingdom) and of the University of Stellenbosch Business School and
the Lagos Business School, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the
Institute of Consulting and the Learning & Performance Institute, all in the UK. Enactus South Africa
and Cognity Advisory are collaborating in promoting entrepreneurship education and development in
Topics to be covered during the event are as follows:
o Thursday 12th July: Water Scarcity – Technologies and Solutions with Action Leader
Speaker, Ludwick Marishane.
o The topic on Friday 13th July will focus on the 5th Industrial Revolution – Scary… or not?
Colin Cullis, Product Owner, Primedia Broadcasting Talk Stations 702 and CapeTalk.
Melao Mashale, Head: MTN Internet of Things Solutions, MTN Business South Africa
Mophete Moetsane, General Manager, Digital Commercial Management, MTN Group
Enactus is an international organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. The Enactus experience transforms both the lives of the people the projects serve, and in turn, the lives of Enactus students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders. Founded in 1975, today Enactus has more than 69,000 student participants on over 1,700 campuses in 36 countries. For more information visit www.enactus.org.
This event is one of many regional and national competitions being held by 36 countries across the globe to select the team who have achieved the highest impact in their communities through sustainable educational outreach and
enterprise development projects. From April-July, Enactus will host regional and 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, 72,000 Enactus students around the world volunteered more than 7 million service hours creating and implementing over 4,100 projects that directly impacted more than 1,3 million lives. These experiences not only transformed 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.
Enactus South Africa was founded in 2001. The organization operates currently at 24 universities, with almost 3,000 participating students that impacted over 14,000 people directly in 2017.