Annual event facilitates work of next generation leaders
Enactus is proud to announce that Imagine founder and former Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will speak at the Enactus World Cup 2020, 8-11 September.
Enactus World Cup 2020, taking place in advance of the United Nations General Assembly, features the projects and social enterprises of 72,000 Enactus students worldwide who, despite being displaced from their campuses by COVID-19, continued their work to create positive impact through newly-founded social enterprises. This annual event features their impact and provides opportunities for this next generation of leaders to dialogue directly with esteemed global thought leaders to advance their learning and inspire their action.
“The work of Enactus nextgen leaders has always been important, but never more so than right now,” said Rachael Jarosh, President and CEO of Enactus. “This is a time for leadership, at all levels. That’s why Enactus is deeply honored to welcome so many purpose-driven leaders to the Enactus World Cup this year. Together, we will advance the awareness, leadership and work of the next generation—and inspire many people along the way.”
Enactus World Cup 2020 will feature Polman, Mlambo-Ngcuka and others addressing pressing issues including COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on progress on climate change, oceans, the future of education and work, rethinking plastics and the action needed to further advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The event features a competition of the top 32 national Enactus teams who are implementing bold projects of social innovation and scalable solutions. This year Enactus students have launched social enterprises in over 35 countries creating new employment opportunities, providing greater access to safe clean water, combating climate change and driving solutions to ensure more people can live better, healthier lives. In 2019, Enactus projects impacted 2.9 million lives, helped launch 3,000 small businesses, and eliminated 5.9 million tons of CO2, plus 819,699 women gained new skills to advance economic equality.
Enactus World Cup 2020 also features the Enactus 1 Race 4 Oceans final competition including the final four teams: EarthSuds, a business focused on sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan single-use dissolvable tablets of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash launched by the Enactus team of Wilfred Laurier University in Canada; Remora, an innovative waste collection system to prevent flow into oceans and create better community management of water resources launched by the Enactus team from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras; Dariya, a social enterprise founded by the Enactus team at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, India forced on waste collection with a plastics barter system; and Anamã, co-barriers to trap and transform plastic waste into thread, an enterprise launched by the Enactus team of Federal University of Pará in Brazil.
The event includes additional elements including the :77 Film Fest, stories of impact told with impact.