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UZ students win Enactus championship

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A GROUP of students from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) under the Boost Fellowship will join other teams from 35 countries to showcase their outreach efforts and compete for the prestigious title of Enactus Global Champion in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October this year.

by Staff Reporter

This is after they shrugged off competition from other local universities in a competition on community empowerment projects held recently at Cresta Sango Conference Centre.

The Boost Fellowship is an affiliate of Enactus Worldwide which is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Enactus Zimbabwe is part of a network of 36 countries that are enabling progress through entrepreneurial action.

Since 2004, Boost Fellows (the university students enrolled on the programme) engage in community-based initiatives that apply sound business practices in order to improve the livelihoods of participants. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the skills and perspective necessary to become effective, values-driven leaders Enactus emanates from the acronym EN.ACT.US. ENtrepreneurial — having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity; ACTion – the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed; US – a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way, individuals that are part of a greater whole.

Boost has established Enactus, among other components of its programmes, in all the major institutions in Zimbabwe.

These teams are led by faculty advisers and they are challenged to develop community outreach projects that are in line with the Enactus Judging Criterion.

From a group of six university teams from across Zimbabwe, the Boost Enactus team from UZ was named the 2015 Enactus Zimbabwe National Champion. Midlands State University, National University of Science and Technology (Nust) and Chinhoyi University of Technology scooped the second, third and fourth places respectively. Great Zimbabwe University scooped the Most Improved Team award and Midlands State University and Nust won the Old Mutual Financial Literacy awards.

South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe Vusi Mavimbela was the guest of honour and Valeta Mthimkhulu, banking director of Barclays Bank Zimbabwe, delivered the Top to Future address entitled Breaking the Glass Ceiling.

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