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Sheffield Enactus students come home with a trophy for the third year running.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Having made it through the regional rounds of Enactus UK’s National Competition, Sheffield Enactus headed to Canary Warf earlier this month to present highlights from the projects they have run this year.

The Sheffield Enactus students currently have four main social projects:

Homemade – this project works with homeless men in a shelters, teaching them business and employability skills through the framework of a jam making business and by running them interview training and C.V writing workshops.  The profits for this are then used to help the men re-start their lives.

Blankets for Bolivia- here vulnerable women in La Paz are employed to make relief blankets using crisp packets which would have otherwise been unrecyclable, making a blanket twice as warm and three times stronger than a typical relief blanket. Sold to tourists, the profits from these blankets pay for the women to distribute the blankets to the thousands of homeless on the streets of Bolivia.

For the national competition the students focused on their biggest two projects which are HOPE and HOPE Nigeria.

HOPE works with survivors of human trafficking in a jewellery making business to encourage their personal development and enterprise skills. By providing them with skills, confidence and funds to enter employment or start their own business they are able to aid their integration back into society. Alongside this project runs HOPE Nigeria by providing vulnerable women with a stable income the project is able to tackle the number one cause of trafficking, poverty. A co-operative of ten women making Shea butter was initially set up, however due to the success of this, the project is currently working towards setting up a Shea butter business this summer which will employ 20 women, providing them with a stable income and reducing their likelihood of being trafficked.

Having made the decision to create an introduction to their presentation that was away from the norm and out of the traditional framework the team had an excellent response to the way they showed the values of Team Sheffield and what makes them so impressive, receiving amazing feedback.

After two days of presentations from 41 teams Sheffield emerged triumphant as second place winners in the 2013 national Championships, the third time in as many years that they have come away with a trophy.

If you didn’t manage to make it to one of Sheffield Enactus rehearsals a link to the video is below:

For more information on Enactus please visit their website

Students in Free Enterprise: Sheffield students runners-up in national competition

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Runners -up at SIFE 2012

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. SIFE is active within Universities across more than 30 countries and around 47 universities are actively involved in SIFE UK. The teams develop both commercial and social enterprise projects, the idea being that the commercial projects allow them to fund social projects.

At the national competition the teams have to give a twenty five minute presentation outlining what they have done over the year and demonstrating the impact that their projects have had. They are judged by a panel of senior business people from a broad range of sponsor companies.

This year Sheffield SIFE had 300 student members (with approximately one third coming from the Management School) and ran over thirty different projects, both local and international. Highlights of the Sheffield presentation included Dinner in the Dark where students worked with a local restaurant and a group of visually impaired people to host a dinner in complete darkness to promote understanding of the challenges of visual impairment.   The project aims to give visually impaired people in Sheffield the skills and confidence to gain employment.  This year the team worked with four clients to develop teamwork, customer service and events management skills.


Another project, Blankets for Bolivia tackles large scale poverty caused by a lack of stable employment and made worse by extreme weather conditions and night time temperatures that rarely reach 5 degrees celsius.  The project developed a revolutionary product – thermal blankets, which could be made entirely from recycled crisp packets.   Women were taught how to make the blankets and were given basic business skills such as budgeting and leadership to ensure the sustainability of the business. The project worked with 58 women who are now able to support their families.

A third project, City Hearts, provides support to women sex-trafficked into the UK. The project focuses on building their confidence and teaches them skills and knowledge that will help integrate them back into society. This year the group worked with 12 women in a jewellery- making business.  Four women have subsequently gained work placements.

The Sheffield SIFE team reached the final 4 of the competition (for the fifth year in a row – the only team to do so) and came a very close second to eventual winners, Southampton. The Sheffield team received a standing ovation for their presentation and impressed the judging panel comprised of company representatives.

Matthew Challis, Commercial Director of Sheffield SIFE said, ‘I have gained enormously from the practical opportunities that SIFE has created. The most challenging yet rewarding aspect of the work is understanding the difficulties our clients faced in order to find entrepreneurial solutions to their problems’.


About SIFE
Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,600 college and university campuses in 39 countries. For more information, contact SIFE World Headquarters at 417-831-9505 or visit