The Enactus World Cup is the biggest event you can be a part of during the Enactus Journey. Seeing different teams from different countries with similar mindsets and similar missions always is inspiring for all Enactus members. Read about the impressions of some of our 2018 World Cup Team:
Au Yong Yu Lin: During my stay, I have come to realise that inequality is a very real and apparent issue in the USA. While Silicon Valley may be home to most of the world’s billionaires, it is also home to thousands to homeless people on the streets. I also witnessed a protest by Marriott’s employees, asking for higher wages from the hotel chain. Both sights are something we don’t see in Singapore thus, giving me a new perspective on inequality, especially in a first-world country.
Loi Xue Chang Kent: My favourite memory of the World Cup was when each nation’s delegate stood on stage together. It was inspiring to see 35 flags waving in unison, representing the diverse cultures and nationalities that make up Enactus.
Goh Zong Han:
My personal highlight during my stay in San Jose was the informal conversations with
participants from other countries which revolved around our projects during the Enactus World Cup.
The way the students exuded so much passion for their work and the dedication they had invested into their projects made me realise how much more I could do for my own.
Au Yong Yu Lin: My personal takeaway from EWC 2018 is that the only limit holding myself back is myself. After talking to the other students about the projects they are working on, I should think bigger and be more committed to my current project as well. For example, the Canadian team spends every afternoon together, working on their project based in Zambia.
At the cultural fair, we shared Singapore’s culture to people from all over the world and visited the other cultural booths. It was a pleasant surprise to know that we all share a common ground, despite coming from different places, having played the same childhood games or eating the same traditional snacks.
Loi Xue Chang Kent:
EWC 2018 gave me fresh perspective of businesses and their social impact. I come from a business background, where there is definitely widespread myopia regarding social enterprises – they are typically seen as poor investments and weak revenue generators. The projects we saw at the World Cup were neither.
Some projects delivered cutting-edge technology that could rival incumbent players, and some were million-dollar businesses uplifting thousands of lives. In spite of its social impact core and student-led management, the projects at the World Cup defied traditional business norms while being standard-setting in the social enterprise space.
Goh Zong Han:
My main learning from the EWC 2018 was to capitalise on ambitious partnerships to accelerate the progress of personal projects.
It amazed me how Team Canada and Team India managed to secure huge partnerships from major organisations which proved to be instrumental later on in their success.
Beyond partnerships with large, established organisations, collaboration between smaller scale student-run initiatives that share a common end goal is a strategy not to be underestimated as well. It can help amplify outreach even with a small team.
Most Impressive Team/Project
Au Yong Yu Lin: Puerto Rican team with Project RenaCEN, where the students worked closely with the victims of Hurricane Maria to transform their island into an ecotourism hotspot. It was a simple idea, but very scalable and effective in creating a new source of income for their beneficiaries. It proves that great ideas do not need to be complicated. Their business model can also be replicated to many small cities around the world to promote ecotourism. They managed to turn the hurricane into a learning opportunity and create shared value to uplift the communities. To me, it was the epitome of having a head for business and a heart for the world.
Loi Xue Chang Kent:
RenaCEN from Puerto Rico was most impressive. RenaCEN exemplified extraordinary tenacity, not just in enterprise but in spirit. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, team Puerto Rico used few months leading up to the World Cup to build a successful and profitable ecotourism network, empowering the natives and creating opportunities to recover from a devastating national tragedy.
Goh Zong Han:
Team Canada's work was the most mind blowing for me. From the large corporate partnerships they managed to secure to the sheer scale of their revenue, it just blew me away how much impact a simple idea can create through passion and relentless execution.