C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Science (CKT-UTAS) team of Enactus Ghana has won this year’s edition of the Enactus Ghana National Competition.
The national champions competed with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Ghana Legon (UG) and University College of Mines and Technology (UMAT) in the grand finale. The event was sponsored by ABSA Bank, KPMG, ACCA and RIFE International.
The teams from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, University College of Mines and Technology (UMAT) and University of Ghana Legon (UG) placed second, third and fourth respectively.
The competition, which came off on July 29 at the Mensvic Grand Hotel, Accra brought together over 550 participants, including academic leaders, business executives and students across the various tertiary institutions in the country.
The Enactus Ghana National Competition is an annual event that gives students a platform to showcase projects dedicated to making the world a better place while also developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Projects must demonstrate sustainability, entrepreneurial action, value for people, commercial viability, and environmental sensitivity.
The Enactus network of global business, academic and student leaders are unified by our vision—to create a better, more sustainable world.
This year, over 8 Enactus teams in Ghana worked on over 20 social entrepreneurship projects aimed at creating impact in their communities. Teams that participated included Sunyani Technical University, University of Ghana, Central University, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Mines and Technology, C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Science and University of Development Studies, Tamale.
Enactus teams exhibited projects centered on providing green and innovation solutions to solve socio-economical challenges faced by communities they worked with, and Ghana as a whole.
Teams were judged by a robust profile of business executives and industry experts including Edward Asare, Caveman Watches’ Anthony Dzamefe, RIFE International’s Kwaku Osei-Sarpong and Empire Domus’ Kojo Jones.
Speaking at the event, the Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing at Ghana Standard Chartered Bank PLC, Ms Asiedua Addae, urged the participants to develop innovative ways of solving problems around the world as this would help create job opportunities for them in order to reduce youth unemployment in the country.
“There are a lot of problems facing our world today which include energy, sustainability, food security, equity and empowerment and climate change. It is important that as young people we try and find solutions to some of the world’s problems and not join the bandwagon of complaining,” she added
Mr. Anthony K. Sarpong, KPMG and Senior Partner of Enactus Ghana also said in a statement:
“It is important that we look at the challenge of youth unemployment and devise ways to reduce it as much as we can as a nation. This is why Enactus is important because it focusses on training and empowering the youth to be entrepreneurs and self-sustaining.”
The Country Director of Enactus, Dr Baba Sayuti spoke about the event and future plans in the saying:
“With our mission to engage the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders to use innovation and business principles to improve the world, we are at the crossroad of strengthening our networks of students across the country and the world to be committed to entrepreneurial actions through the Positive Power of Business“.
He further added:
“We have so many challenges, from sustainability to energy and water provision, food security, women empowerment, and maintaining healthy families. We must be dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. As we celebrate the winners who will represent the Country and their Institution at the Enactus World Cup in Puerto Rico this October, I would like to use this opportunity to request as many corporate organizations as possible to support this course to transform the world. This is important now or never”.
About the winners
The CKT-UTAS team presented 2 innovative projects called Waste-Tek and Varawudu to emerge as the ultimate winners of the national competition.
These projects creatively and innovatively convert spoilt refrigerators into the production of poultry incubators, storage pressers and containers as well as sitting stools.
Board member of Enactus Ghana, Mr.Kwaku Osei-Sarpong who was also part of the judges congratulated the best school and urged them to thrive higher by creating their own space of innovation to solve problems in the country and across the world.
Enactus C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Science will go on to represent Ghana at compete at the world stage in Puerto Rico at Enactus World Cup 2022.
Enactus Ghana is the largest and leading student organization teaching entrepreneurship, business and success skills through practical, hands-on experiential learning formats at Ghanaians institutions of higher education and preparing tertiary students to make a meaningful contribution towards a better world as entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Founded in 2000, ENACTUS Ghana is a national registered Company that will be the largest and leading student organization teaching entrepreneurship, business and success skills through practical, hands-on experiential learning formats at Ghanaians institutions of higher education and preparing tertiary students to make a meaningful contribution towards a better world as entrepreneurs and business leaders”. Working in partnership with business and higher education, ENACTUS Ghana organizes and motivates teams of university and college students who practice and teach others the principles and values of entrepreneurship. ENACTUS Ghana has partnered with ENACTUS a global, not-for-profit organization that is literally changing the world through highly dedicated student teams on more than 1,800 university campuses in more than 36 countries. The ENACTUS program empowers students to teach others entrepreneurship, personal and financial success skills, and business ethics. ENACTUS Teams are organized and guided by distinguished faculty advisors.
ENACTUS Ghana Teams conduct their projects throughout the academic year and are given the opportunity to showcase them at the national competitions. Representing their university or college, student teams present audio-visual and written summaries to judging panels comprised of top business leaders who determine which teams did the best job of practicing, teaching, and celebrating entrepreneurship.
The ENACTUS National Champion goes on to represent GHANA at the ultimate level of global competition, the ENACTUS World Cup. Held in cities around the world, this international event draws together hundreds of students and business leaders to pay tribute to the extraordinary student-driven educational outreach projects.
ENACTUS Ghana will be best known and key strategic partner with leading businesses in Ghana to empower communities through enterprise education and develop leaders who will create a better world through business. The ENACTUS Ghana experience enables university and college students to reach their full potential by helping others reach theirs. Students acquire valuable hands-on experience, increased confidence and access to new opportunities in a unique way, not typically gained through other post secondary programs. In turn, their activities positively impact the entire community by improving the quality of life and increasing the standard of living for all. This total experience equips ENACTUS Ghana alumni to develop into successful entrepreneurs and top recruits for leading companies, large and small.
“Enactus Ghana will be the largest and leading student organization teaching entrepreneurship, business and success skills through practical, hands-on experiential learning formats at Ghanaians institutions of higher education and preparing tertiary students to make a meaningful contribution towards a better world as entrepreneurs and business leaders”