On Tuesday 10 April, and after two days of competitive pitches, Enactus Edinburgh were named UK Champions at the Enactus UK Nationals in London.
Enactus Edinburgh is a registered social enterprise group with the Students’ Association under the Social Enterprise Service, in partnership with Edinburgh Innovations. They have gained their reputation for doing inspiring work that improves lives locally and internationally. Having reached the UK finals for three years in a row, the student group prevailed among 31 other teams from universities across the UK, and was selected to represent the UK in the World Finals taking place in San Jose, California in October.
Enactus Edinburgh’s 83 strong members have been working across eight projects during the last academic year, transforming the lives of nearly 5,000 people. Their work spans a number of topics, from environmental sustainability to aiding marginalised and disadvantaged youth, but it was showcasing three of their latest projects in an exceptional pitch that got them the ticket to Silicon Valley. Aiding Change is an affordable solar powered hearing aid for the hearing impaired in Ghana, whereas Lilypads/Sanitree provide women in Kenya and India with reusable sanitary pads as well as free menstrual health education to the local community. Other successful projects of the University of Edinburgh student group include the local Slurp and Edinburgh Candle Company; Palma Soap in the Dominican Republic and Malawi; and Fog Catcher in Nepal.
Kai O’Doherty, Vice President Activities and Services at the Students’ Association commented: “We’re proud of the continued growth and success of local social enterprise projects by Edinburgh students, supported by our Social Enterprise Service, and especially excited to see Enactus Edinburgh take the gold at this most recent competition!”
This year, Enactus Edinburgh was also nominated for a number of Activities Awards, with the Sanitree initiative taking home the awards for Best Volunteer (Phoebe Jones) and Social Enterprise Project of the Year.
You can find out more information about Enactus Edinburgh here.
More information on the Students’ Association’s Social Enterprise Service can be found here.