Builds on Success of World Water Race;
New Global Race Engages NextGen Leaders to Restore Ocean Health
Enactus launched the 1 Race 4 Oceans at the Enactus World Cup in Silicon Valley. Enactus is the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators, and this new global endeavor seeks to challenge Enactus students around the world to address the degradation of ocean ecosystems.
Oceans and sea life carry the burden of years of unsustainable aquaculture practices, acidification and deoxygenation, and climate change which could affect the everyday lives of billions of people and do significant damage to the global economy.
“We focus exclusively on engaging and developing ‘Gen Z’ – who are better equipped and more passionate about sustainable change than any other generation in recent history,” says Enactus President and CEO Rachael Jarosh. “There are many organizations addressing these issues of ocean conservation, we applaud them for their efforts and are proud to join them in this endeavor. We have 72,000 students from 37 countries engaged in finding the next social business concept that will also create lasting impact.”
As an organization, Enactus already has an established track record of addressing water issues with its World Water Race. First launched in 2017, World Water Race projects have directly impacted 899,068 and indirectly impacted 3.5 M. The race has resulted in the founding of 500+ businesses, the creation of 1,825+ jobs and nearly $715,000 in new revenue streams while creating access to new/improved access to products/services that improve sanitation for 861,770 and new/improved access to safe and affordable drinking water for 449,407. This year, 125 teams from 22 countries entered projects in the Water Race.
Enactus World Cup is the signature event for Enactus, a global non-profit with more than 72,000 participating students in 37 countries. The event ran from September 16-18 and featured leading social innovation projects developed by Enactus student teams from 1,730 university campuses.