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Enactus Sydney - well placed to represent Australia in World Cup

30 Aug 2013

Enactus Sydney

A University of Sydney team is well placed to win next year's Enactus National Competition in Brisbane and to ultimately represent Australia at the prestigious Enactus World Cup.

Enactus is a global network of university based teams that run projects aimed at assisting the world's disadvantaged. National and international competitions, judged by business leaders, allow Enactus teams to showcase their projects and to highlight the lessons learnt from their implementation.

During the just completed 2013 competition, University of Sydney team members spoke "passionately" about empowerment through education citing the success of their B. Inspiring and Utunga projects.

With a top four placing leader, Raymond Pham, says his team is now well placed to take out next year's National Competition and go on to represent Australia at the World Cup.

"Enactus is about student teams tackling social issues by using their entrepreneurial and business skills to create sustainable and positive change,"said faculty advisor, Andrew Lee. "Their current projects cover a range of activities from assistance to disabled artists to local recycling."

The B. Inspiring project aims to encourage Sydney's disadvantaged youth to gain a tertiary education. For many high school students, the project has opened pathways to university business courses and there are current plans to assist young people into legal studies.

At an international level, the Utunga project, delivered in partnership with St Boniface Goroni school community in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe, is providing educational opportunities for children by reducing the burden of school fees.

Through microfinancing and a transfer of basic skills, St Boniface Goroni school has been able to subsidise fees by up to 55%.

"Enactus students around the world are showing that business has the power to improve lives and strengthen communities," Raymond Pham said. "At the same time, students are developing stronger business and leadership skills, as well as a sense of service and responsibility to the community and world around them."

While Enactus Sydney is supported by a number of corporate sponsors, Mr Pham, pointed out that the Team's projects were expensive to run and that new sponsors were always welcome.