The student team from John Brown University in Siloam Springs earned $10,000 in prize money and was named the 2017 Enactus United States National Champion on Tuesday night (May 23) at the Enactus United States National Exposition presented by The Hershey Co. at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City.
Hundreds of senior executives from U.S. companies, including The Hershey Co., Hallmark Cards Inc., Bimbo Bakeries USA, Post Consumer Brands, Wal-Mart Stores, Unilever and KPMG LLP, networked with 1,300 college and university students and judged the entrepreneurial projects created and implemented by Enactus teams from 105 colleges and universities that each won regional competitions around the country.
Among the John Brown University Enactus team’s portfolio of 11 projects, they focused on sharing with judges the impact of two domestic projects which have made dramatic gains over the last year.
Shredify provides jobs and a steady income stream to the members of Siloam Springs’ Adult Development Center through the first local, secure document-shredding enterprise for businesses and individuals.
Yellow Crate enables local food pantries to send automated requests for donations through an app to individuals in their community at the point-of-purchase. The team has scaled the program in partnership with four other Enactus teams.
The JBU team will represent the United States alongside 34 other countries at the 2017 Enactus World Cup, scheduled Sept. 26-28 in London.
The other teams placing in the top four were from La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif.; Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y.; and Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.