Four time national champion team to represent Puerto Rico at Enactus World Cup
- National Champion:
University of Puerto
- 2nd Place
- 3rd Place
Natioanl Univeristy College
- Competing Teams: 9
- Total Attendees: 400
San Juan, Puerto Rico – University of Puerto Rico Humacao was named the Enactus Puerto Rico 2013 National Champion during the one-day event held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan.
This is the fourth time the team will represent the Puerto Rico at the World Cup. Univeristiy of Puerto Rico Humacao Enactus was selected from nine competing teams. Last year the 40 member team volunteered more than 14,300 hours to seven community outrach projects. Their efforts included helping establish alternative means of income in areas plagued by drugs and crime, assisting an entrepreneur with the publishing of a book about autism and a venture that helped low-income families establish a T-shirt recycling business.
During her keynote speech, Maria de Lourdes Lara, executive director of Citizens Agenda, discussed leadership and social responsibility whre she praised Enactus teams for their ability to see the collective good as a means to overcome social and economic issues in Puerto Rico. Other speakers at this year’s event included Javier Torres, co-founder of Antorket.com, who examined the beneifts of crowdfunding; and Rishel Stanciel who discussed interships at MLT.
Performances by Teatro Breve and Pleneros de Severo also helped to round out this year’s competition.
Special thanks to event sponsors Walmart, Walgreens, Burger King, Holsum, Pueblo, Estralla LLC, Filler, PR Supplies Group, Oriental Group, AT&T, Tres Monjitas, Suiza Dairy, J&J, Clorox, Molinos de Puerto Rico, DDB Latina Puerto Rico, Real Legacy Assurance and El Nuevo Dia.
Richard Rekhy, CEO of KPMG India, provided the keynote address where he lauded the skills Enactus students were gaining with each project and how their creativity and entrepreneurial approaches to social problems will help them navigate an ever-changing world.
Special forums rounded out the event with discussions focusing on the need for collaboration between academia and industry to bridge the gap between job needs and available talent, and food security issues in India.