The Belmont Students in Free Enterprise chapter won this year’s Enactus World Cup in Washington D.C. Tuesday afternoon.
In the finals, the team defeated chapters from Eygpt, India and Zimbabwe to take the international title. There were teams from 38 countries who competed in the three-day event sponsored by the Department of State.
This is the group’s first Enactus world championship, formerly known as SIFE, since it was established eight years ago. The previous best finish in the World Cup was third place in 2010.
The group’s presentation focused on four of the projects the chapter developed in the past academic year, including Spring Back Recycling a SIFE-started mattress recycling business that employs former inmates, FashionABLE, a business that sells scarves that provides an income for former Ethiopian prostitutes, Be a Blessing, which sold bracelets to benefit an orphanage in Guatemala, and Philanthroteach, which helps prepare Nashville’s unemployed and disadvantaged with jobs skills with Nashville academic and professional leaders.
Belmont president Dr. Bob Fisher was photographed with the team in Washington, D.C., was ecstatic in a statement released shortly after the results were announced.
“A National Championship is a big deal—even when it’s the second one in three years – but a World Championship is huge!” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our faculty leadership and especially these absolutely amazing students!”