Germany National Competition Highlights
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
University of Mannheim
- Second Place:
Technical University of Munich
- Third Place:
- Fourth Place:
Goethe University Frankfurt
- Fifth Place:
Westphalian Wilhelms University of Muenster
The 2015 Enactus Germany National Competition, which took place in Mannheim on 18-19 June, was a true celebration of the network and the impact they are making through entrepreneurial action. Nearly 650 supporters – students, alumni, faculty, and executives – came together at the University of Mannheim for two days of competition, collaboration and celebration. Sponsored by Freudenberg Gruppe, Deutsche Telekom AG, Lufthansa Group, and Bayer AG, the opening day started with teams from across the country setting up display booths to showcase their initiatives and projects, providing the students with an opportunity to share ideas, make new connections and learn from each other. As you can see in the pictures, the teams took great pride in this, creating handcrafted Enactus logos and branded T-shirts, even inviting their school mascots along!
They also celebrated individual and team achievements made throughout the year through a series of special recognition awards. Daniel Berndt from Evonik was recognized as Business Advisor of the Year, while Stefanie Halwas from University of Applied Science Köln received the Faculty Advisor of the Year award. The team from University of Applied Science Köln also received the Spirit Award, which recognizes the team that best embodies the Enactus spirit in their work and presentation. For their Samaki project, RWTH Aachen received the Best Entrepreneurial Idea award sponsored by Freudenberg, which is awarded to the final round team with the best entrepreneurial idea in recognition of Enactus Germany’s deep belief in the power of entrepreneurship.
— Bernd Schmitz (@schmitz) June 19, 2015
— Fachhochschule Köln (@fhkoeln) June 23, 2015
Attendees had the opportunity to hear from social entrepreneur Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinecke, who shared his fascinating story and how his background and experiences led him to start ‘Dialogue in the Dark’, a global organization driven by the mission to facilitate social inclusion of disabled, disadvantaged and elderly people. After finishing his speech, he invited six students on stage to ask him questions and learn more about his ideas and experiences. Through the discussion, they explored topics such as social entrepreneurship and the concept of social enterprises, and the idea of “more-than-profit”, where a business produces profit and accomplishes its social aim through its operations.
And, of course, there was the competition, the ultimate celebration of the impact made over the past year, where 25 teams presented the results of their innovative entrepreneurial initiatives over two rounds of competition. In the first round, 62 judges narrowed the field to the final five teams, who presented on the main stage in front of the nearly 650 attendees to a panel of 29 final round judges. In the end, the team from the University of Mannheim was named National Champion, earning the right to represent Germany at the Enactus World Cup in Johannesburg this October.
The team impressed judges with their portfolio of projects including Sunté, which uses electricity to sustainably solve multiple problems in rural Togo. The team installed solar panels at 10 local health stations, eliminating the need for toxic kerosene lamps while increasing the amount of time the stations can operate. In addition, they taught the staff marketing skills and strategies to sell charge loads for mobile phones. The impact of this is two-fold: it provides the stations with much needed income while also creating an opportunity for villagers to interact with hospital staff, building trust in Western medicine practices. Treatments have doubled since the beginning of the project from 550 to more than 1,100.
The entire final afternoon of Enactus Germany’s National Competition was live streamed – watch it here. And you can find all of the final round presentations on our National Competition YouTube channel.
— Bernd Schmitz (@schmitz) June 18, 2015
— Enactus Hannover (@EnactusHannover) June 18, 2015