Cairo University concluded its participation in the international students’ competition for development, Enactus World Cup, in South Africa on Friday, after competing in the semi-final round against 16 teams from various countries.
Enactus is a worldwide organisation that lets university students design and implement projects to improve the lives of marginalised groups in society by using their entrepreneurial skills.
The winners of this year’s national Enactus competition in Egypt were Cairo University students, whose projects tackled refugees, labourers, and presented energy solutions. The team launched a mobile application called Herafy that digitalises the process of finding labourers for residents of 6th of October City and Nasr City.
They also launched a project that empowers Syrian refugees in Egypt by marketing their homemade food and other handmade products. Moreover, they invented a solar cooker using recycled materials for residents in Luxor city.
Thirty-four global teams were represented in this year’s world cup, which began on Wednesday and ended on Friday in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sixteen of them qualified for the semi-final round after presenting their projects and receiving the largest amount of votes from the judges committee, composed of business leaders and entrepreneurs.
All projects worldwide have to impact the beneficiaries according to three different aspects which meet the organisation’s standards: economic, environmental, and social. Every year, each country holds a national competition that qualifies a winning team for the world cup.
It was the second participation for the Cairo University team in the Enactus World Cup, after they qualified to join the world cup in Malaysia in 2011.