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Durham’s Social Entrepreneurs reach National Competition

(3 April 2019)

Enactus Durham

Enactus Durham has been successful at the regional Enactus competition, and has qualified for the National Competition which will take place on 8-9 April in London.

What is Enactus?

Enactus is a global organisation which supports the use of entrepreneurial action in the pursuit of creating a better world. Students are tasked with carrying out needs assessments for community problems and identifying business solutions to these. Through working alongside the community and transferring skills, they are able implement financially sustainable solutions.

Communities benefit from fresh ideas and students are able to gain valuable experience in enterprise and social action. 

Enactus Durham is supported by the University’s Careers and Enterprise team, as well as a network of local businesses and community groups. The group has gone from strength to strength this year, growing from nine to 52 dedicated members, who are working across four distinct projects.

Students were able to secure £2,000 from our Social Impact Fund to support their Pink Speak project, enabling members of Enactus to travel to Hyderabad, India in September.

What projects have Enactus Durham been working on?

Pink Speak

Working with a rural community in Hyderabad, through a Durham-based charity, Many Hands UK, this project offers employment for the mothers of deaf children in making and distributing underwear to school-age girls, alongside an educational programme on feminine hygiene.

Read more about Pink Speak in a blog by project leader Clarissa Atlee


Community group, Space4, in Houghton-le-Spring provides a safe space and support for those who face a range of life’s challenges. Our students are supporting a pantomime production which will build confidence, increase skills and generate revenue for the group.

Read more about Trans4m in a blog by project leader Coco Pei. 

BASE (Bishop Auckland Schools Exchange)

Partnering with three colleges in Bishop Auckland, Enactus will support students to develop journalism skills, networks and corporate funding; enabling the colleges to create a student-run digital newspaper.

The Agou Tree Initiative

A community empowerment & sustainable agroforestry project based in Agou, Togo. The project aims to give local people the tools to combat the effect of climate change and deforestation, through a financially sustainable tree nursery.

What’s next for Enactus Durham?

We are keeping our fingers crossed for their success next week!

Regardless of the result, Enactus Durham will continue to develop their current projects and to seek new opportunities to make positive social change. New members are welcomed and allocated to specific project groups, corporate consultancy, and college ambassador positions at the beginning of each academic year.


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