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SUBJECT: Enactus Memorial prepares to defend world title

DATE: Sept. 19,2017

Enactus Memorial will represent Canada for a record 10th time and attempt to defend its world title at the Enactus World Cup, Sept. 26-28, in London, U.K.

The team of undergraduate students from Memorial University is the best Enactus team in Canada with 10 national and two world cup titles (2008 and 2016). They are the only Canadian team to ever win the international prize.

“We are so honoured to be Team Canada once again,” said Taylor Young, a commerce student at Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration and president of Enactus Memorial. “We’ve been working hard to grow our projects since winning nationals in the spring and we’re excited about the progress we’ve made since then. We couldn’t be more proud to represent Canada and share our story with the world.”

In addition to the world cup competition, two separate competitions are being held for the first time: the 1 Race 2 End Waste Impact Competition and the Water Race Impact Competition have challenged Enactus teams around the world to address the food waste and water and sanitation crises respectively. Enactus Memorial will compete in the finals for both competitions during the world cup.

“Enactus continually challenges schools to be better and do more,” said Ms. Young. “Our team is eager to meet those challenges so that we can continue making a difference in the lives of people right here in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Enactus Memorial is a student-run volunteer group, part of an international non-profit organization that mobilizes post-secondary students to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need through the application of business processes and models.

The team earned the right to represent Canada through the impact of projects like Project Sucseed, which aims to address food insecurity in the remote and Northern regions through hydroponics; Project Bottlepreneur, which empowers local unemployed and under-employed individuals who collect recyclables for a living; The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, which helps transitioning members of the military to start their own businesses; and Project Stitch, which helps physically challenged Haitians earn a living through a sewing program.

This year’s team consists of 60 students from the faculties of business administration, humanities and social sciences, science, and engineering and applied science.For more information about the Enactus World Cup, please visit the website.

For more information about Enactus Memorial, please visit here.

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For more information, please contact Susan White, communications advisor, Faculty of Business Administration, at (709) 864-2616 or (709) 689-7988 or susanwwhite@mun.ca.   

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