The 2018 BOOST Enactus Leadership Conference was held in Harare from the 25th to the 27th of January. The conference saw the attendance of students from 9 institutions across the country that are part of the Enactus network. The main objective of the conference was to enhance their leadership, project and financial management skills as we kick start another Enactus year and the broader road to Silicon Valley initiative for the 2018 Enactus World Cup. Through existing strategic partnerships and networks, speakers, guests and support were garnered from various sectors in Zimbabwe. The presentations and Engagement Sessions covered a wide range of topics that are pivotal to student development. In addition to motivational talks from industry leaders and mentors, students were trained and educated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Mentorship, Financial Management, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Innovation and Technology and Project Ideation.
What set the 2018 conference apart from conferences was the team building session for students fostering collaboration and team spirit among students, which is central to Enactus values. Collaboration and complementarity was also evidenced when teams squared off in a mini topical competition sponsored to the tune of US$500.00 by Mr. Darlick Marandure, the Chief Operations Officer of Metholdings.
The students were grouped into power teams and tasked to come up with innovative ways to address particular community cases in an entrepreneurial and environmentally friendly manner addressing at least one Sustainable Development Goal. The Enactus judging Criterion was employed in evaluating the presentations done by students and the emerged winners were as follows:
First Place: Bindura University of Science Education and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University scooped $250
Second Place: Harare Institute of Technology and Africa University went away with $150
Third Place: Chinhoyi University of Technology and Women’s University in Africa grabbed $100
The leadership conference managed to set a firm foundation for the 2018 Enactus project year. This would not have been possible without the support of the 2017 World Cup judges, BOOST Alumni, B2C Coworking, Dandemutande, Crystal Candy, Team Xtreme, Econet Wireless, Elevate, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Zimbabwe, Research Advocacy Unit, Embassy of Sweden, and Micah Foundation.
Enactus Team leaders can now focus on their projects with some in-depth guidance from the leadership conference. The students also have access to the presenters and mentors who they networked with and can call upon them for expert guidance in their projects. The resounding theme throughout the conference was that the students need to integrate technology and innovation so that their businesses can not only be sustainable but scalable and replicable.
Let the competition begin! We will see you at Celebration Center July 13th, 2018 for the National Competition as the National Representative continues their Journey at the Enactus World Cup in Silicon Valley, California USA October 9th – 11th. Join us on the road to Silicon Valley!