A group of several environment-conscious innovators has hit the limelight again by winning the Enactus Kenya national entrepreneurship and innovation competition for the second year running.
The Moi University team was judged the best this year at the 15th Enactus Kenya National Expo for their ‘Waste for Wealth’ project, which uses organic waste to make tables, and will represent Kenya at Enactus World Cup in London (UK) from September 26-29, 2017.
Judges said the Waste to Wealth project had created a source of income for people in Moi University and its environs and reduces plastic and glass waste. The team is currently training entrepreneurs on how to recycle organic waste into useful products for income generation.
The second best was Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology team with its project “Save Food Save Life” which aims at reducing postharvest losses through preservation of fruits and vegetables.
Enactus Egerton University came in third with “Green Life Farm Kenya” idea that connects farmers to the consumers in production, processing, and storage.
This year’s edition of Enactus Kenya National Expo attracted 18 universities in Kenya. Enactus Kenya offers a platform for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills through innovation under an MOU between the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) and Enactus Worldwide.
Recruit from all over Kenya
“This is a great opportunity for collaboration, sharing of knowledge between business leaders, academia and universities and foster innovation as well as excellence in community leadership,” said Mr James Shikwati, Enactus Kenya Country Leader.
“We aim to recruit more students from all over Kenya to grow their leadership skills and prepare them for future jobs.”
Enactus Kenya has facilitated skills development for over 4,500 undergraduate students through experiential learning through community projects, training and annual national and international competitions.
Discussions at the expo featured project presentation, plugging into the fast-paced world after campus and a session on navigating campus life in the age of information overload as well as leadership in times of greed.
Then SIFE Kenya, Enactus Kenya was launched in 2002 following an M.O.U between Enactus International (Then SIFE International) and Inter Region Economic Network Ltd (IREN). The organization operates in 34 colleges and universities, with more than 500 students participating.
Founded in 1975, Enactus is an international organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world.
The body today has more than 66,500 student participants on campuses in 36 countries.
Guided by faculty advisors and business experts, participating students form teams on their campuses to create and implement community projects that empower people in need. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the skills and perspective necessary to become effective, values-driven leaders.