National Competitions

France National Competition Highlights

  • June 16, 2015
  • By: Tona Rowett

Quick Facts Results

  • National Champion:
    Neoma Business School – Campus Reims
  • Second Place:
    Neoma Business School – Campus Rouen
  • Third Place:
    Mines Nancy
  • Fourth Place:
    IESEG School of Management

At this year’s Enactus France National Competition, the dedicated students, faculty, executives and staff involved in the program had much to celebrate: in the 2014-15 year, 1,280 active students from 47 universities completed 107 entrepreneurial projects in France and abroad. Through 124,000 volunteer hours, they made a significant impact on the lives of 4,900 people. Watch their great year in review video here.

The event, which took place on 2-3 June at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, brought together 469 supporters, all eager to find out which of the 20 competing teams would be named National Champion and have the chance to compete for the global title at the Enactus World Cup this October.

Group shot

In the first round of competition, 112 executives serving as judges narrowed down the field to the final four teams, who presented on the main stage to 34 final round judges. In the end, it was the team from NEOMA Business School – Campus Reims who came out on top, impressing judges with their work developing a clothing company for individuals with physical disabilities.

The team connected with an individual named Amendi, he himself a paraplegic who understood the challenges posed by conventional clothing to both individuals with physical disabilities and their caregivers. He had an idea of designing and producing fashionable, comfortable and elegant clothes for disabled individuals of all ages…but lacked the skills needed to do so. The team helped him develop a coherent business plan, supported him in fund development, found local production support and eventually launched his online business. Check out this great article that showcases the team and their work.

In true Enactus style, the event brought out top business leaders who spoke directly to students, giving them an inside look at national and global trends and issues. The list of executives is long and impressive and includes organizations such as GoodPlanet Foundation, Groupe Adecco, AIG, HSBC, and KPMG.

Students had a chance to share their ideas as well during the project forum, where 22 teams set up booths to showcase their entrepreneurial initiatives and discuss their ideas with other students and participating executives. Delegates were invited to vote for the most impressive display and the team from UPEC IAE Gustave Eiffel was named the winner during the final ceremony.

Want to know more about this year’s competition? Watch the entire final afternoon, including the presentations here!

Translated from French by Bing:
(#CNEnactus: 20 teams of 300 students present their projects of #entrepreneuriat social

Translated from French:
(#CNEnactus Congratulations to all of these students! How dynamism and enthusiasm! Very pleasant)

Translated from French by Bing:
(Thanks @EnactusFrance and students for this beautiful day. @ENGIEgroup was delighted to have participated in #CNEnactus!)