Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University (JOOUST) to head to Silicon Valley

Published on 4th July 2018

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University (JOOUST) will this October head to Silicon Valley in San Jose, California to represent Kenya’s institutions of higher learning in a business competition that will involve top 36 global universities in a business expo dubbed the Enactus World Cup. The university has further been nominated to the next round of competition in a global environmental stewardship contest dubbed World Water Race that will attract a USD 20, 000 cash award.

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University (JOOUST) trounced 23 other Kenyan universities to emerge Enactus Kenya Business Expo Champion during the 16th Enactus Kenya National Business Expo that was presided over by a carefully selected panel of business leaders on June 8, 2018. Enactus JOOUST captured first place with their “Panda Kenya” project which aims at combating climate change through increased forest cover and use of alternative Source of Renewable Energy to offset Charcoal Burning.

Enactus Egerton NTC came in second with their “Dumisha Afya” project. The team developed fortified flour containing 90% of nutrients required nutrients by cancer patients. They supply this to cancer patients through Nakuru Hospice medical center.

Enactus University of Eldoret came in third place with their project dubbed “EcoStraws KE” that attempts to reduce plastic pollution by getting rid of  plastic drinking straws and replacing them with cheap, efficient, reusable and eco-friendly bamboo straws.  

“As the business community, we shall keep aligning undergraduates to international trends through Enactus Kenya activities. I urge more organizations and corporate entities to work with these young people through strategic partnerships to offer value to both the students and the respective organizations," says Enactus Kenya Business Advisory Council Chair, Mr. Kinyua M’Mbijjewe.

Operating under an MOU between the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) and Enactus Worldwide, Enactus Kenya platform has facilitated skills development for over 4,500 undergraduate students through community projects, training and annual competitions. 

About Enactus Kenya

Enactus Kenya (Then SIFE Kenya) was launched in 2002 following an M.O.U between Enactus International (Then SIFE International) and Inter Region Economic Network Ltd (IREN). The organization operates in 34 colleges and universities, with more than 2800 students participating.

Enactus is an international organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world. Guided by faculty advisors and business experts, participating students form teams on their campuses to create and implement community projects that empower people in need. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the skills and perspective necessary to become effective, values-driven leaders. Founded in 1975, today Enactus has more than 66,500 student participants on campuses in 36 countries.

For more information, contact:

Beryl on beryl@irenkenya.com or call 0712431431 or visit  www.enactus.com/Kenya


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