The Enactus World Cup 2016 hosted 69,000 students from 1,700 universities and colleges based in 36 countries from 28-30 September in Toronto, Canada to showcase how they would apply business innovation and entrepreneurial action to create global social impact. The Canadian team from Memorial University of Newfoundland was named the 2016 Enactus World Cup Champion. KPMG International has served as the presenting sponsor of the Enactus World Cup since 2011.
Lord Dr. Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International comments:
“Enactus enables entrepreneurial students around the world to make a massive impact in their communities, using their ideas to deliver sustainable change. We are proud to have been supporting Enactus for over two decades through our KPMG member firm executive’s mentorship and empowerment of the next generation of leaders. The quality of the teams this year has been truly exceptional. A special congratulations to this year’s Enactus World Cup Champions, Team Canada from Memorial University of Newfoundland.”
Willy Kruh, KPMG International Global Chairman, Consumer Markets and National Leader, High Growth Markets for KPMG in Canada and Board Member of Enactus Canada comments:
“KPMG is proud to support Enactus because we see how the power of entrepreneurship can make a difference in the world. We are thrilled to be celebrating Team Canada’s win and we are truly inspired by the creativity these students are applying to solve real-world issues.”
In order of placement, the top four country teams were Canada, India, Germany and Nigeria.
Students from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada demonstrated how they addressed food insecurity in Canada’s north, by employing at-risk youth to build hydroponic systems, which are then used to grow fresh produce, among other projects.
The students from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies in India addressed poor sanitation facilities in urban areas in Delhi by educating residents on health issues while investing in community toilet complexes.
The team from RWTH Aachen in Germany presented a number of projects, including how they are addressing the lack of protein-rich nourishment in rural areas of Africa by setting up fish farms while creating a new business opportunity for residents.
Nigeria was represented by Kaduna Polytechnic and they shared how their students helped Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by providing educational opportunities to children while economically empowering their parents.
Additionally, KPMG in Canada donated $1,000 Canadian dollars to each of the four final teams, as a result of a social media campaign encouraging students to tweet #Charged4Change.
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