Clean sweep a first for Enactus SFU
(Note: Enactus will have a display at the SFU Surrey Open House today, 4:30–8:30 p.m.)
A clean sweep of top awards at the recent Enactus Canada Western Regional Exposition by a trio of Simon Fraser University student teams marks a first for the entrepreneurial-minded student group, which now sets its sights on the national competition in April.
Topping each of the contest’s main categories for the first time in the group’s 22-year history, students gave winning presentations on three innovative programs they lead through Enactus SFU.
Enactus SFU members strive to create self-sustaining social ventures that solve problems and have a measurable impact in the community.
“This is a huge accomplishment, not only placing in the three categories but winning them all,” says Enactus SFU president Vanessa Lee, a fourth-year business student. “We’re proud of the contributions all of our members have made to the community this year and look forward to riding this success into the national competition.”
Banner Bags, which teaches high school students how to transform old banners into bags and other fashion apparel, won the Scotiabank Eco-Living Green Challenge. The presentation team included students Hannah Lee, Laetitia Lim, Winona Bhatti and Helen Bayogos.
The team saved landfills from creating 29,632 pounds of C02 emissions through its environmental education program, by reusing 537 promotional banners and scrap fabric to produce clothing and 1,000 reusable tote bags.
Jumpstart, an accelerator aimed at supporting aspiring entrepreneurs at SFU, topped the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge, with the team of Chris Pun, Jason Manoharan, Ben Hwang, Lara Ahmad and Liah Castillo.
The students collaborated with 38 local entrepreneurs and industry professionals to provide an accessible accelerator program for students entrepreneurs, which increased the client base of six businesses by 500 customers, launched two online enterprises, helped one entrepreneur gain 200 users for their product and secured another entrepreneur $30,000 in inventory.
Hunger Actions, which empowers low-income single mothers to budget for healthy lifestyles, aced the Capital One Financial Education Challenge, with students Vameesha Patel, Manhei Lee, Mark O'Connor and Wendy Huang.
The students helped 39 single moms reduce their monthly expenditures by an average $85, better feed their families, and pay for extracurricular activities for their children through a budgeting and meal-planning program.
Jody Lundrigan, director of communications for Enactus Canada, called the SFU group “hugely successful” in carrying out their competition sweep.
The Enactus SFU teams will spend the next several weeks preparing for the national exposition April 28-30 in Calgary.
Enactus is the latest rendition of the entrepreneurial group that was formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE).
Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.
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