Representing 69,000 university students from more than 1,700 post-secondary campuses worldwide, 33 national champion teams represented their country at Enactus World Cup 2016 in Toronto.

An opening round of competition took place on September 29, followed by a semi-final round this morning. Teams from India, Nigeria, Germany and Canada advanced to the final round today with the team from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, announced as the 2016 Enactus World Champion.

“As the host country of the 2016 Enactus World Cup, we couldn’t be more proud to see Memorial University of Newfoundland represent Canada and win the World Cup,” says Nicole Almond, Enactus Canada President. “Enactus Memorial has had the esteemed privilege to represent Canada globally nine times so it’s only fitting that they are named World Champion on Canadian soil!”

To address food security issues in Northern Canada, the team at Enactus Memorial partnered with botanists and engineers to develop a low-cost, environmentally-friendly and efficient hydroponic growing system to produce high quality and affordable fruits and vegetables year round. Seeing an additional opportunity to have an impact, they partnered with an organization that helps at-risk youth: they select the individuals to be employed building the systems, and the team trains them and manages production. To date, they have impacted 489 individuals and created 18 jobs, while selling 101 systems, resulting in nearly $34,000 in revenue. This year, the systems will collectively grow nearly 72,000 pounds of produce.

“As Enactus Canada, we are a family, and it was an honour to be in front of our host country,” says Enactus Memorial team member, shortly after named World Champion.

If you missed Enactus Memorial’s presentation, you can watch it online now.

A total of 3,500 student, academic and business leaders from around the world gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada for three unforgettable days of competition, collaboration and celebration.

Enactus students around the world are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action and experiential learning to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Enactus Canada is the country’s largest student leadership development organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve people’s livelihoods through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for post-secondary students to create projects that advance the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 2,734 post-secondary students led 280 community empowerment projects and 672 business ventures this past year in communities coast to coast directly impacting over 33,000 people. An annual series of regional, national and international competitions provides a forum for student teams to showcase the impact of their efforts and to be evaluated by executives serving as judges.

As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus is an international non-profit that uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.