Singapore National Competition Highlights
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
Nanyang Technological University
- Second Place:
National University of Singapore
- Third Place:
Nanyang Polytechnic and Temaesek Polytechnic (tie)
As a small but global country, Enactus has never been more relevant for Singapore. This is according to Gerard Chai, Chairman, Enactus Singapore and Managing Director, Singapore of Korn/Ferry International. In his remarks at this year’s national competition, he emphasized that a connection to the global economy results in greater competition for the best and brightest, and the focus needs to be on preparing their leaders of tomorrow: “Ultimately, how we prepare our children today must take into consideration the instinct and desire to compete at a higher stage; and the development of competencies and softer skills beyond academics.”
Referencing learning agility, adaptability and creativity as some of the core skills needed to succeed, he made the case for the important role Enactus plays in offering students an opportunity to gain these skills through entrepreneurial action, while also developing a social consciousness early in life that will “encourage our students to be well-rounded and socially responsible business leaders of tomorrow.” We can’t think of more inspiring words to open a national competition!
The event, which took place in Singapore on 20 June at the DBS Asia Central Auditorium, brought together over 150 supporters to showcase and celebrate the impact made over the past year. Four teams presented their work to 26 executives serving as judges and for the third year in a row, the team from Nanyang Technological University was named the Enactus Singapore National Champions. The team will now start preparing to compete for the global title at the upcoming Enactus World Cup in October.
The team presented a number of impressive initiatives, including ATypical, an experiential program designed for primary school students that simulates the experiences of the deaf community to build greater understanding; and Glow in the Dark, a training program that provides meaningful employment for the visually impaired by offering a professional ‘train the trainer’ program.
The event was generously supported by a long and impressive list of supporters including DBS, Cargill, KPMG, Korn/Ferry, Unilever, 3M, FairPrice Foundation, Selangor Properties Berhad, POET, and Trelleborg.
Social ambassadors Jan Paolo Macapinlac Balagtas and Cheng Bei Xuan Rowena did a great job of keeping their Facebook fans updated on all the key happenings during the day-long competition. You can see the timeline of events here, and if you’d like to learn more about Jan Paolo and Cheng Bei, as well as the social ambassador initiative, check out this post.