National Competitions

Netherlands National Competition Highlights

  • June 22, 2015
  • By: Tona Rowett

Quick Facts Results

  • National Champion:
    Utrecht University
  • Second Place:
    University College Utrecht
  • Third Place:
    University of Amsterdam

For one day, on 5 June, 480 Enactus Netherlands supporters took over Jaarbeurs in Utrecht to showcase the impact made by teams over the past year and celebrate the difference entrepreneurial action has made in communities across the country. In the opening round of competition, 11 teams presented their amazing work in hopes that the 49 executives serving as judges would select them to move forward to the final round.

Before finding out, though, the lunch hour was packed with activities for all: faculty advisors had the opportunity to come together over a meal to share best practices and ideas, while final round judges were trained on their important role. Students had the unique opportunity to interact with executives and explore business cases prepared by six of Enactus Netherlands’ supporters. TMF Group challenged the students to use a global mindset to think about day-to-day management challenges, while Discovery Company focused on the building blocks of leadership.

Finally, it was time for the finalist announcement: moving forward would be University College Utrecht, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The teams presented to 15 top executives and the entire delegation in what is possibly the coolest looking national competition venue in our network.

While the judges deliberated, attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Kees Aarts, Founder and Director of Protix Biosystems, who inspired listeners to think outside of the box by sharing the story of his own company, which offers the potential to create business in the new insect industry through its technology and products.


At last, the national champion team was announced: earning the chance to represent the Netherlands at the Enactus World Cup this fall was Utrecht University, who wowed judges with their work including their Sosjaal project, which we recently featured on our blog. The team worked with five Bhutanese women who now live in the Netherlands. CelebratingDuring their years in a refugee camp, these women spent a lot of time knitting, and the team saw an opportunity to help them by setting up a business where they could sell their environmentally sustainable products online, at shops and at various market events, as well as organize knitting events that brings them together to practice the Dutch language and build a community.

Also worth noting is that three of the teams that competed at this year’s competition were part of Enactus Netherlands’ Growth Program, a partnership with the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship. Teams are invited to submit their established social enterprises and those with the most potential are enrolled in the incubator and accelerator program. We recently featured one of the impressive initiatives, Coffee Career, and with the goal of enrolling four new projects every six months, we expect to see great things from this program. Interested in learning more? Check out this great video.


Want to know more about the competition? As you likely know from reading our blog post, we’ve launched a social ambassador initiative this year that empowers our countries to leverage the social media expertise of their supporters to build their online presence during national competitions and share more of what happens at each exciting event. Enactus Netherlands alumni Sophie Alblas and Ricardo Copier took over the country’s social media channels during their event and did an amazing job of capturing all the competition highlights. In addition to regular updates, they featured each competing team and one of the projects, and replied to many of the messages using #EnactusNC, ensuring the conversation was lively and robust. And if you check out the streams on Twitter and Facebook, it’s clear that they had a great time doing it as well!


Translated from Dutch by Bing:
(National Championships 2015!!! We’re going to start! #enactusuva #winnen #enactusNC)