Students from Belmont University were named 2012 World Cup champions on Oct. 3 in an international entrepreneurship competition in Washington, D.C.
The student team beat out the national champions of 37 other countries with a flawless presentation and annual report on their 14 community outreach projects.
The Belmont team was formerly known as Belmont SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) until SIFE Worldwide announced its new name, Enactus, the week of the competition. Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
Belmont President Bob Fisher said, “A National Championship is a big deal—even when it’s the second one in three years—but a World Championship is huge! I couldn’t be more proud of our faculty leadership and especially these absolutely amazing students!!!”
Alvin Rohrs, president and CEO of Enactus Worldwide, said, “I feel great pride for what the Belmont team did… The only thing better than their presentation and their projects this year is how they’ve shown the character they have in how they relate to everyone else. I think that speaks a lot about the university and the caliber of these leaders.”
Once a year, the national champion Enactus teams from around world meet at the Enactus World Cup where they present the results of their community outreach projects to a prestigious group of international business leaders.
Through a written annual report and live presentation, teams are evaluated based on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
The 2012 Enactus World Cup was held Sun., Sept. 30 through Tues., Oct. 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and the event was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State. Read more about the team's historic win here.