National Competitions

Japan National Competition Highlights

  • July 24, 2015
  • By: Kelly Burton

Quick Facts Results

  • National Champion:
    University of the Ryukyus
  • Second Place:
    Kanazawa College of Art
  • Third Place:
    Ryukoku University
  • Fourth Place:
    Kwansei Gakuin University

On 4 July, 250 Enactus Japan supporters came together at the Amagasaki Small and Medium Enterprises Center in Hyogo to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, collaborate on issues and ideas, and take part in a competition that would determine the national champion and Japan’s representative at the upcoming Enactus World Cup. Over two rounds of competition, 16 teams shared with pride the entrepreneurial action they took this year and the results they achieved. In the first round, 29 judges narrowed the field to four final teams, who then presented to all attendees, one step closer to winning the top prize. You can watch all of the final four presentations on our YouTube playlist!

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At the end of the day, the 14 top business leaders serving as judges in the final round selected the team from University of the Ryukyus as the 2015 Enactus Japan National Champion. Their work developing a peace education program set them apart from the field: the team is located in Okinawa, the site of a major battle during World War II. Many schools plan trips for students and teachers to visit the site and learn about an important period in the country’s history, but the teachers aren’t always well prepared to maximize the experience due to resource issues. The team stepped in and developed a program that teachers could access to expand the experience for students, allowing them to not only learn the history but also explore ideas on how to create a more peaceful world.

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This year’s event was generously sponsored by KPMG Japan, Maeda Corporation, Kao Corporation, Cook Japan, Kanken Techno, i-Ways, SUNNET, ROPES, Social Design Fund, Asahi ELLES and Roots. It also received some great media coverage in publications such as Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Times, and Kitakuni Shinbun.

Enactus Japan put together this great flashback video that captures all of the competition highlights!

Translated by Bing: “Courtesy call to President Ryukyu University Oshiro. Naohiro Enactus prefecture’s first win! #Enactus #University of the Ryukyus”

Translated by Bing: “Competed National Championships in Enactus JAPAN! Could only result was a valuable experience. Vows revenge in mind, while further growth, we will keep up the future!”

Translated by Bing: “Unfortunately doesn’t advance to the World Championships, but chagrin spring, are cheering the winner next year! #OsakaUniversityofCommerce #bigCommerce #ouc #Enactus #seminar

Translated by Bing: “Before starting, the domestic competition. This year is the receptionist (? ), Participated as a jury member in the opening round. Watch out though. https://m.facebook.com/EnactusJapan”