2013 competition marks largest number of university participants
- National Champion:
The University of Shiga
- 2nd Place:
University of Hyogo,
Himeji Eco Human
- 3rd Place:
Osaka University of
- Competing Teams: 17
- Total Attendees: 221
Tokyo, Japan – The 2013 Enactus Japan National Competition goes on record as having the county’s largest number of team participants – this year 17 teams competed at the Hotel Cadenza Hikarigaoka in Tokyo.
Claiming the national champion title was The University of Shiga Prefecture. Among their winning projects was an effort that employed the disabled to transform plastic bottle caps into flower planters. The planters are then arranged with flowers and businesses pay a “leasing” fee to keep the planters maintained. This effort alone generated more than $11,000.
Last year the 20-member team contributed nearly 400 volunteer hours to three community outreach projects. This is the first time The University of Shiga Prefecture will represent Japan at the Enactus World Cup.
To give teams additional feedback on their projects and presentations, the event included an “Audience Judge” at the final round of competition. Not connected to the actual competition results, this activity was designed to give teams greater perspective and was a fun way for attendees to participate in the event.
Several keynote speakers rounded out this year’s competition, including: Makiko Nakatani, Asahi ELLES Inc.; Ko Kanamori, CEO Social Design Fund; Kyoko Kato, KPMG; Japan; Yoh Ota, KPMG Japan; Jun Ito, KPMG Japan; Yurie Yamaguchi, Cook Japan; Shiro Kimura, producer, Tohoku Kogei; Tomoki Akiyama, Global Techno Innovation Cafe (GTIC); Keiko Toshin, KPMG Japan; Yasuhiro Ueda, Maeda Corporation; Shigeru Koshiba, Kao Corporation; Kazuhiko Yagome, Cook Japan; Koike Hiroshi, EF Education First Ltd; Masaharu Katsumata, Maeda Corporation; and Tomoyuki Yamanaka, KPMG Japan.
Special thanks to event sponsors: KPMG Japan, Maeda Corporation, Kao Corporation, Cook Japan, Kanken Techno Corporation, Global Knowledge Network Japan, Social Design Fund, Asahi ELLES Inc., Roots Corporation, Ryukyu Glass, Craft Tohoku, Kogei, EF Education First Ltd., Kode Design University and Hotel Cadenza Hikarigaoka, Tokyo.