Enactus teams from Brazil, Canada, India and Puerto Rico advance to the Final Round
Enactus, the largest experiential platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators, today announced four finalist teams advancing in the 1 Race 4 Oceans.
The multi-year, global competition challenges Enactus teams of university students to address degradation of ocean ecosystems and advance social enterprises to adapt to changing ocean dynamics.
The four (4) finalist teams will compete at the Enactus World Cup on 10 September 2020.
“The Enactus 1 Race 4 Oceans is driving critical attention by the next generation of leaders to focus on oceans, clean water, and business innovations that can drive smart and resource-saving solutions of the future,” said Oliver Hermes, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Wilo-Foundation, and president and chief executive officer, Wilo Group. “At Wilo, we believe in the power of innovation and youth to realize a sustainable future—and applaud the final four teams.”
The 1 Race 4 Oceans finalists were chosen from a field of one hundred seven (107) entries from twenty (20) countries by an independent judging panel of twenty-eight (28) subject matter experts and Enactus alumni. Teams advancing to the final round of competition include:
- Sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan single-use dissolvable tablets of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash is at the core of EarthSuds, a business launched by the Enactus team of Wilfred Laurier University in Canada. Aimed at creating a plastic-free economy where sustainability does not compromise quality, EarthSuds prevents waste from ending up on oceans.
- An innovative waste collection system to prevent flow into oceans and create better community management of water resources is the focus of Remora, submitted by the Enactus team from the University of Puerto Rico: Rio Piedras. The project also embeds educational workshops promoting sustainable maintenance of Puerto Rico’s environment.
- Innovative waste collection paired with a bank to barter collected plastics, creating new livelihoods, is the dual model of Dariya, a social enterprise to address the marine waste crisis founded by the Enactus team at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, India.
- Eco-barriers to trap ocean-bound plastic from the Amazon’s rivers and transform it into thread are core to the social business called Anamã, launched by the Enactus team of Federal University of Pará in Brazil.
The 1 Race 4 Oceans is an international challenge created by Enactus with the support of a private sponsor and the Wilo-Foundation, associated with Wilo Group, an international manufacturer of pumps and pump systems with a worldwide network of over 60 subsidiaries in addition to a large number of its own international production sites.
“At Enactus, we know innovation and collaboration among next generation of leaders is fundamental to addressing the world’s greatest challenges,” said Rachael Jarosh, president and chief executive officer of Enactus. “That’s why challenges like the 1 Race 4 Oceans, which both drive awareness and motivate positive impact, are critical for communities worldwide,” she added.
Enactus is establishing a track record of addressing ocean issues through 1 Race 4 Oceans. As of June 2020, participating Race teams had created powerful impact, including:
- Waste reduction of 124,050 kilograms (274,000 pounds)
- Direct, positive impact for 73,025 people and indirect for 892,824 people
- Creation of 128 businesses with 738 jobs and revenue generation of USD $9.5M.
For more information about the 1 Race 4 Oceans competition and the finalist teams, please visit 1 Race 4 Oceans.