Tunisia National Competition Highlights
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
Institute of Higher
Commercial Studies of Carthage IHEC
- Second Place:
Tunisia Polytechnic School EPT
- Third Place:
ESPRIT University El Ghazala
Talk about dedication! Both days of the Enactus Tunisia National Competition, which took place 24 and 25 June in Tunis at the Sheraton Tunis hotel, started at 9:00 at night because the event took place during Ramadan. All 550 students, faculty, executives, staff, and volunteers came together for the two evening event and stayed until midnight to celebrate the achievements of the students and recognize the impact made over this past year.
The event kicked off with the first round of competition, where 11 teams presented their impressive entrepreneurial initiatives to 45 executives serving as judges. Those judges had the tough role of selecting the top teams to move forward to the final round and present in front of all attendees. After the inspiring presentations, the judges named the team from Institute of Higher Commercial Studies of Carthage as the 2015 National Champion, and the team will now prepare to take on the world at the Enactus World Cup in October.
Enactus IHEC’s presentation focused on two projects that empower women in rural areas to become financially independent. The first, Ecolibree, worked with three seamstresses in the rural region of Siliana to develop and manufacture a brand of washable sanitary pads. Al Baraka, the second project, engages 40 women in an agricultural development initiative that teaches them to extract and sell essential oils from local mountain plants.
The National Champion trophy wasn’t the only award handed out during the competition. To recognize the impact made by individuals and results achieved by teams, a series of additional awards were presented. The Regional Development award, sponsored by Attijari Bank, recognizes projects completed outside the capital area and was received by Enactus Esprit El Ghazela. The team from Tunisia Polytechnic School EPT received the Innovation Award, sponsored by Ooredoo, for their innovative project ideas. Enactus EPT was recognized two more times, with Yomna Rebai receiving the Faculty Advisor of the Year award sponsored by Petrofac; and Nesrine Charguia receiving the Team Leader of the Year Award sponsored by Samsung.
The theme of this event, which was sponsored by Konrad-Adenaeur-Stiftung, KPMG and Sodexo, was regional development and wealth creation and three impressive keynote speakers addressed the theme: Khaled Zribi, Chairman of Enactus Tunisia and Chairman, Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants, shared his thoughts on regional development in Tunisia and the importance of micro-projects in enabling progress. Hardy Ostry, Permanent Responsible of Konrad-Adenaeur-Stiftung, spoke about the importance of the Enactus program for students and the vital role of entrepreneurship. Mrs. Ouided Bouchamaoui, President of Utica, highlighted the leadership development opportunities the Enactus program offers students. Two special guests were also in attendance: His Excellence, Dr. Andreas Reinecke, German Ambassador to Tunis; and Graeme Bradley, First Secretary, South Africa Embassy in Tunis.
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