Enactus Essex talk about their experiences at the World Cup in Canada
“You are tomorrow’s leaders”. A truly profound statement from former Enactus CEO, Dr Alvin Rohrs.
Prior to my trip to the World Cup in Canada, I would have undoubtedly thrown this into the collection of ‘flying statements’ heard over the years, but four weeks on from the trip I can conclude, truly we are tomorrow’s leaders. Before the World Cup, Enactus was just a society to me. A do-good society filled with do-good people with do-good attitudes. But we are so much more.
We are a network of young students of different cultures and backgrounds, who have a head for business and a heart for the world. What unifies us is a commitment to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit that lives within all of us to good in the world. This was truly made apparent during our trip to Canada. Witnessing the worldwide impact from participating national teams was truly amazing to say the least. It reminded me of Barack Obama’s renowned phrase, “Yes we can!”. Country by country, a sea of victory stories flooded the three days. Yes, Enactus Germany can improve the lives of amputees through the development and creation of prosthetics, and yes Enactus Canada can provide fresh, affordable produce to those in need and yes, Enactus Essex can empower vulnerable women in Ghana! Yes, we can, and you can too!
“Country by country a sea of victory stories flooded the three days”
Going to the World Cup was a privilege. Hearing endless testimonies of how lives were changed inspired me to continue the pursuit. The pursuit of a better world does not stop at one person. It does not stop with eighty members at Enactus Essex. Tomorrow’s leaders are required to take action today, and I am delighted to say that we at Enactus Essex are doing so. One extraordinary experience, three unforgettable days, one hundred and one lessons learnt and one hope, to never forget the power we have and our call to impact.
In September, four Enactus Essex Students Anita Nana, Korotomou Kagnassy, Mandifadza Maripise and Stephanie Agbeyebe, alongside two university advisors Keith Rowland and Rae Waddon, had the incredible opportunity to go to Toronto as part of the UK delegation. The Enactus World Cup is a dynamic and inspiring three day event that encourages creativity and rewards results. At the World Cup, thirty-seven national champions take to the global stage to showcase their life-transforming social action projects to be crowned Enactus World Champions. Anita’s account above captures the excitement of the competition: Our experience in Canada was truly incredible and we cannot extend our thanks enough to the gracious national hosts, Enactus Canada. We are incredibly excited to welcome our friends from all over the world when the Enactus World comes to London in September 2017.
Enactus is an international community of student, academic and business leaders who believe in using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve livelihoods of individuals in our own communities and beyond our borders. In the summer 2012, under the leadership of then Economics undergraduate James Sesay and his team, Enactus Essex which was formerly run at the University under its previous name S.I.F.E (Students for Free Enterprise) was transformed from an ailing student society, into an award winning sustainable social enterprise which has been going from strength to strength since. In that same year, three brand new community projects were established, ‘She Inspires’, ‘Big Difference’ and ‘Bright Chance’. The diligence and hard work of the team was recognized when the team was awarded the Summer Action Award in 2013 out of fifty Enactus teams across the UK. The Summer action award recognizes the tenacity, creativity and hard work of teams and students who continue to progress towards empowering lives even when school’s out. The team debuted in Enactus UK National Competition, which we came out in a top 10 position. An unprecedented achievement for a rookie team.
In order to thrive, our young team has time and time again displayed the four IPIC values that are woven into the fabric of our team’s ethos: integrity, passion, innovation and curiosity.
“The pursuit of a better world does not stop at one person. It does not stop with eighty members at Enactus Essex. Tomorrow’s leaders are required to take action today.”
With Enactus Essex, students have the license to try different solutions to problems. Thus enabling real progress through entrepreneurial action and improving livelihoods in a meaningful way. We continue to strive toward creating social action projects that have a truly sustainable impact. Our team is tackling youth employment 20 minutes from our University, innovating sanitation solutions for communities in Mali and empowering women in Ghana. We now need your help us take the work we do to the next level. We need you, to help us expand our reach and impact in our community, and around the world.
If you are bold, curious and willing to be a part of the journey towards a better tomorrow then we would love for you to join our team. You can join EnactusEssex by going to the Essex Students Union and you’ll find us in the activities sections.