Lupane State University (LSU) won the top award at the Enactus awards ceremony organised and hosted by Boost Fellowship in Harare on Friday to walk away with $400 000.
The “Entrepreneurial Action for Others Creates A Better World for Us All (Enactus)” competitions were contested by eight Zimbabwean universities.
The competition, which is meant to empower students at universities with entrepreneurial skills returned to in-person participation after it has been held virtually in the past two years owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
LSU Enactus team president Amanda Hove expressed gratitude to her team, which she said will represent Zimbabwe well at the world cup. The Standard quotes Amanda Hove as saying:
I am happy that we won a tight competition and I want to promise Zimbabwe that we will not disappoint at the world cup competitions where we will battle it out with other 37 global champions.
The Enactus has 38 members across the globe including Zimbabwe and competitions are held annually in every country where the winners will progress to the world cup.
This year’s world cup will be held from October 30 to November 2 on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.
Boost Fellowship director and country leader for Enactus Zimbabwe Cleopatra Makoni said the competitions were organised to adequately prepare students from universities with innovative skills after they leave the learning environment. Makoni said:
We are excited to showcase the innovative projects that our students have implemented in their communities to change lives and leave a lasting positive effect that will impact our whole country.
Our youths are the future of this country.
We observed that while most schools and universities across the world generally provide a wide-ranging academic education, many students find themselves inadequately prepared for the opportunities and the challenges beyond the classroom.
Midlands State University and University of Zimbabwe Enactus students were first and second runners up respectively.
The runners-up received $240 000 and $160 000 as prize money respectively.