Zimbabwe National Competition Highlights
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
University of Zimbabwe
- Second Place:
Midlands State University
- Third Place:
National University of Science and Technology
- Fourth Place:
Chinhoyi University of Technology
In anticipation of the exciting Enactus World Cup taking place in Johannesburg this October, there was a very special guest of honor at this year’s Enactus Zimbabwe National Competition: the South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe Vusi Mavimbela. Enactus Zimbabwe supporters had the unique opportunity to hear from Mr. Mavimbela directly as he spoke about the history and unity of Sub-Saharan Africa, and how this connection should remain strong and alive through our young people.
Generously sponsored by Dairibord Holdings, KPMG, CABS, TA Holdings, Delta Corporation Zimbabwe, Yo Milk, Zimbabwe Online, ZB Bank, Sandune Media, Tongaat Hulett, and TEAM Consulting, the event brought together more than 350 Enactus Zimbabwe supporters on 3 July to the Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge in Harare. The day began with the opening round of competition, where six teams presented the results of their entrepreneurial initiatives to 37 executives serving as judges.
The top two teams from each league then moved forward to the next round where 23 final round judges selected a national champion. That champion was the team from the University of Zimbabwe, their third year as champion, whose impressive portfolio of work included Project Sani-Saver, which addresses the lack of access to affordable sanitary wear for women and girls in Zimbabwe. The team worked with My Pads Company, a social enterprise producing reusable sanitary pads, to develop an effective distribution model that would not only improve their business but also improve access to the product for those in need. The team will now begin preparations to compete on the global stage at the Enactus World Cup. Ensuring they can focus on their presentation, South African Airways made a generous gift, sponsoring their team attire and flights for October event!
A series of additional awards were also presented during the event: the team from Great Zimbabwe University was recognized as the Most Improved team, while National University of Science and Technology and Midlands State University won awards for financial literacy.
Over lunch, attendees had the chance to interact with and learn from each other during the Top to Future-Top Forum, where Valeta Mthimkhulu, Banking Director for Barclays Bank Zimbabwe offered her thoughts on the topic of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Natalie Morris-Jabangwe, Head of Business for Ecocash Zimbabwe, who shared her ideas about innovation.
The event has received some great media coverage including an article in The Herald and a segment on ZiFM Stereo. Check out this great article about the National Champions and the competition!
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We all go home with a smile, knowing that we touched someone’s life and brought positive change in his live. #ZWENACTUS15
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