Puerto Rico National Competition Highlights
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
University of Puerto Rico Bayamón
- Second Place:
University of Puerto Rico Humacao
- Third Place:
University of the East
- Fourth Place:
University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez
National competitions are all about celebration: celebrating the impact made through entrepreneurial action, celebrating the achievements of individuals and teams, and celebrating the support and involvement of the network. At this year’s Enactus Puerto Rico National Competition, they had one more thing to celebrate: their 10th anniversary. Over the last decade, the program has grown to 14 teams investing over 95,000 hours to impact more than 100,000 individuals. Quite an accomplishment! And what better way to celebrate an anniversary than with cake? Each competing team received a personalized cake, and we’re sure they all enjoyed eating it as well! In a touching tribute, they also recognized Executive Director Lola Yglesias Quiñones for her role in building the program over the past 10 years, first as a faculty advisor and now as country leader. Watch the great video they put together looking back at the past 10 years.
The event took place on 28 and 29 June at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. Six hundred supporters participated and 14 teams took part in the three-round competition in hopes of being named National Champion. In the final round, 32 judges had the difficult task of selecting one winner: University of Puerto Rico-Bayamón. The team will now start preparing to take on the world at the Enactus World Cup in South Africa this October. Judges were impressed with their entrepreneurial initiatives including Bottle of Hope, where the team taught individuals in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico how to build public housing using plastic bottles as the main building material; and Eco-Libros, a low-cost book store for university students that not only provided a needed service to students but serves as an entrepreneurial laboratory for the team and a source of funding for their projects. This year, the store made more than $200,000 in revenue, which was used to acquire the land for their Bottles of Hope housing development project.
A number of other awards were also handed out: the Enactus Puerto Rico Alumni Organization generously sponsored the awards for the three topic competitions, which were won by University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez for economic, University of Puerto Rico-Bayamón for environmental, and Columbia Central University for social. They also sponsored the special award Enacter 1.0, given to the team with the best performance in its first year in Enactus. Moreover, Oriental Bank sponsored an award to recognize the most socially-innovative projects; Walgreens of Puerto Rico funded the Students of the Year award; and Puerto Rico Supplies supported the Faculty of the Year award.
The event had a long and impressive list of generous sponsors including Able Sales, Puerto Rico Supplies, Walgreens, Walmart, The Clorox Company, AT&T, The Home Depot, Vanguard, Oriental Bank, Valdés, García, Marín & Martínez,LLC, Holsum, Colgate-Palmolive, MC-21, IKON Group, Ardent Mills, and Plaza Provision. Many of these companies participated in the career fair during the event, which gave students an opportunity to learn more about the organizations and the available career opportunities.
All in all, it was two great days celebrating 10 years of achievement. If you feel like you missed anything during the event, you’re in luck: social ambassadors Frank Rodriguez and Juliana Rivera and the entire social media team did an outstanding job capturing all the highlights, many of them in short videos so you can really get a feel for the event. Check out their Facebook and Instagram accounts to see more!
Get all the highlights from the two-day event in the National Competition Flashback Video!
— Giancarlo Esquilin (@gesquilinlebron) June 28, 2015
— Enactus UPR Humacao (@enactusuprh) June 29, 2015
Translated by Google: “Our team goes to the semi-finals, congratulations to all the teams! #WeallWin“