Mexico National Competition Highlights
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
Technological University of the Mixteca
- Second Place:
Tech Millenium University Veracruz Campus
- Third Place:
University of Guadalajara Southern University Center
- Fourth Place:
The 2015 Enactus Mexico National Champions have something extra special to display this year: the Enactus Empowering Change Trophy by KPMG. To celebrate their long-standing partnership, Enactus Mexico and KPMG designed a new national champion trophy for this year’s event that, in the words of Guillermo García Naranjo, Associate Director of KPMG Mexico & Central America, reflects the alliance between the two organizations and symbolizes their shared belief that positive change comes through sustainable projects that empowers communities. KPMG put together a great video that showcases their partnership and shares more about the trophy; you can watch it here.
More than 1,000 supporters of the Enactus program in Mexico met at Centro Banamex in Mexico City from 15-16 June for this year’s national competition. The highlight of the first day was the energizing and emotional opening ceremonies, where the year’s impact was celebrated and all of the teams were recognized. Coca-Cola hosted a welcome party for the teams, where the students had the opportunity to interact with others from across the country, make new friends and celebrate the year’s accomplishments.
Day two began with the first round of competition, where 29 teams presented their entrepreneurial initiatives to 81 executives serving as judges. Those judges had the difficult task of narrowing the field down to four final teams, who presented on the main stage to 74 of the country’s top business leaders including John Servitje, President for Latin America of Rich’s Products; Hector de la Barreda, CEO of Hershey’s Mexico & Central America; Fabio Prado, President of Unilever Mexico and the Caribbean; and Guillermo Garcia Naranjo, Associate Director of KPMG Mexico & Central America.
After a tight competition, the team from Technological University of the Mixteca was named the 2015 National Champions. In addition to taking home the new trophy, they also earn the right to represent their country at the Enactus World Cup in South Africa in October. Their portfolio of projects included Nuu-Saa, which focuses on the structural development of the Mixteca region of the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. The initiative has two platforms: the holistic development of children aged five to 15 to improve the overall level of education in the region; and agricultural developments to increase the productivity and profitability of local orchards and gardens through new composting techniques. Their work has impacted 1,142 people, creating five new jobs and increasing individual income by an average of $137.
This year, Enactus Mexico provided a unique opportunity to the students to hear from and interact with a selection of thought leaders, all of whom have been named to the “Global Leaders Under 35” list by MIT and Singularity University:
•Javier Rincón, Founder of PagoFácil.net, a business dedicated to creating solutions for electronic business in Mexico, offered advice on how to turn no into yes.
•Edgar Barroso, a Harvard-educated musician who designed a program where music detects disease in forests, shared his thoughts on the importance of innovation.
•Enrique González, Mexican entrepreneur and Founder of Eatlimmo whose goal is to fight obesity and diabetes, discussed how innovation can make a social impact for hundreds of thousands of people.
•David Vargas, Co-Founder of Isla Urbana, a business dedicated to collecting rain water to counteract the scarcity of water in Mexico City, challenged the students to expand their thinking and be innovative in their projects.
The event also included a faculty advisor session and a career fair with 53 partner companies, and received great media coverage in publications such as El financiero, Excelsior and Entrepreneur. Check out one of the articles here.
Catch all the highlights from the Enactus Mexico National Competition in their flashback video!
— Enactus UTM Oaxaca (@ENACTUS_UTM) June 15, 2015
Translated from Spanish by Bing:
“Here is our booth. With the flavour and colour of our #Oaxaca”
— KPMG en México (@KPMGMEXICO) June 16, 2015
— Unilever Careers MX (@TalentUnilever) June 19, 2015