World Cup 2013 Demonstrates Entrepreneurial Action at a Global Level

World Cup 2013 Demonstrates Entrepreneurial Action at a Global Level
October 31, 2013 World Cup 0 comments

World Cup 2013 brought together more than 1,600 students, academic and business leaders from the Enactus global network, with an additional 18,000+ participating online as the event was held for the first time in Latin America on 29 September – 1 October in Cancun, Mexico.

Competition Drives Innovation

This year’s competition demonstrated how resourceful, creative and effective Enactus teams are in their effort to transform lives and shape a better world through entrepreneurial action. In all, 34 National Champion teams set out on the journey to be named the 2013 World Cup Champion. Through the Opening, Semi-Final and Final Rounds of competition more than 300 executives served as judges, dedicating their time to help evaluate the effectiveness of the teams’ projects.

The top four teams took the stage before the largest gathering of top executives to ever judge the World Cup Final Round of Competition. While all four teams made their countries proud by demonstrating the incredible work being done through Enactus, in the end the nearly 100 global business leaders serving as judges selected:

Multi-Generational Learning and Collaboration

In addition to the competition, World Cup provides an incredibly meaningful platform for multi-generational and multi-cultural interaction and collaboration. This year’s event featured more opportunities than ever with over ten hours of forums, speakers, panel discussions and sessions that allowed attendees and online participants to hear from and participate in conversation with a wide range of thought leaders from around the world. Overall, three important themes drove much of the conversation: Women’s Economic Empowerment, Sustainable Development and a special regional focus on The Latin America Moment.

The two Thought Leader Discussion Panels took center stage this year. The first moderated by Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International focused on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Panelists included: Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow at The United Nations Foundation; Susan Chambers, EVP, Global People Division at Walmart Stores, Inc.; Francisco Crespo, President of Mexico Business Unit at The Coca-Cola Company; and Vicki Lostetter, General Manager of Talent and Organizational Capability at Microsoft Corp.

Following the insightful panel discussion, students had the opportunity to join breakout sessions where they continued to discuss and learn about the topic. Sessions were led by representatives from The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Unilever and Walmart Stores, Inc. who each have corporate programs and partnerships focused on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Fareed Zakaria, CNN Host of GPS, Editor-at-Large for TIME and Columnist for The Washington Post moderated our second panel discussion which was focused on Sustainable Development. Panelists for this session included: Ravi Kant, Vice Chairman of Tata Motors; Kees Kruythoff, President of Unilever NA; Doug McMillon, President & CEO of Walmart International; and Daniel Servitje, CEO of Grupo Bimbo.

In addition to moderating the panel discussion, Fareed also lead a conversation among students and executives about Living in a World of Global Competition during the Top to Future-Top Forum and spoke on Globalization: A New World at the Executive Dinner. A number of executives also had the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussion at the Top to Top Forum which focused on The Latin America Moment. The forum opened with a panel presentation moderated by Guillermo García-Naranjo, CEO of KPMG Mexico which included panelists: Gabriel López, President & CEO, Mexico for Ford Motor Company; José Nava, President, DHL Supply Chain-Latin America for DHL Holdings, Inc.; Fabio Prado, President Mexico & Caribbean for Unilever; and Daniel Tamayo, Chief of Staff for ProMexico. Additionally, all event participants had the chance to hear about leadership and personal development from keynote speaker Bill Simon, President and CEO of Walmart U.S.

Recognizing Leadership & Service

J.P. Bilbrey, President & CEO of The Hershey Company was introduced as the new Chairman of the Enactus Worldwide Board of Directors. J.P. takes over from Doug McMillon, President & CEO of Walmart International, who has now assumed the role of Immediate Past Chairman and continues to serve on the board.

In recognition for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the organization during his term as Chairman, Doug McMillon, was presented with the Global Champion Award, one of the highest distinctions given by Enactus. Also receiving a special award was Emilio Azcárraga, President & CEO of Grupo Televisa who was presented with the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award. This award recognizes individuals who exemplify the transformative power of the entrepreneurial spirit by applying their talents, passions and ideas to achieve exceptional success in business while enabling greater progress for people around the world.

The Support That Made It All Possible

As the World Cup 2013 Presenting Sponsor KPMG representatives dedicated countless hours and resources to making the event a success – including the time of more than 55 senior leaders, partners and employees who personally participated. Their efforts were joined by those from our Host Country Sponsor: ProMéxico; Event Sponsors: American Greetings, Bellisio Foods, Campbell’s Soup Company, Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, First Quality Enterprises, Harmony Gold Mining, The Hershey Company, The John Dobson Foundation, Microsoft Corp., Newell Rubbermaid, Regis Corporation, Rich Products Corporation, SAT & Company, Televisa, Unilever and Walmart Stores, Inc; Culture Fair Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark; and After Party Sponsor: The Home Depot.

Special thanks is also due to the Enactus Mexico Advisory Board who under the leadership of Chairman Juan Servitje, Chairman & Latin America President, Rich Products, were personally responsible for bringing together the largest delegation of top decision makers and influential business leaders from a host country ever to participate in a World Cup.

Results, Photos & Videos Available Online

In all, more than 40 countries, 100 universities and 200 companies, government agencies and private organizations were represented by nearly 1000 academic members and over 500 business members at World Cup 2013. There were many unique opportunities that came with holding the event for the first time in Latin America, including the use of a facility that allowed for increased engagement with virtually all attendees staying at the same property, as well as the incredible turnout of executives from Mexico and the region.

You can access competition results, photos and videos—including final round presentations, highlights, thought leader panel discussions and ceremonies—from the event at

Announcing Enactus World Cup 2014

Mark your calendar now for 22-24 October 2014 as World Cup will be held for the first time in China! Working with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Enactus is proud to have the opportunity to bring World Cup 2014 to Beijing.

As the second largest program in the Enactus network and a country of incredible strategic importance to many partners, World Cup 2014 in China is sure to be an incredible event. Specific event and registration details will be provided in the coming months. The event will be held at the China National Convention Center in the Beijing Olympic Park. You can view the official announcement of China as the host country for World Cup 2014 at