Regent University’s Enactus Chapter placed 3rd this October for the Wilo Clean Water award in the Summer 2022 Action with Africa Challenge. The student-led project Triple E was awarded €1,000 (roughly $980), which will go towards developing a digital entrepreneurship curriculum and continuing their work with MASY ministries.
Triple E: Educate, Employ, and Empower is a new project that took shape this summer. It was introduced by a missionary who asked the Regent team to develop an entrepreneurship training program that educates Zambian citizens on starting sustainable fish farming and sewing enterprises.
Over the summer, several Regent students entered the Action with Africa Challenge hosted by Enactus and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) and Development and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). This competition challenged students around the world to create Enactus projects that could improve the economic or living conditions on the African continent. To compete, the Regent students needed to create an operational business plan and a pitch video for the Triple E project. The students involved included Nathan Barron, Tirzah Brookbank, Annabelle Poropatich, Maria Hillbich, Angelia Garces, and John Klaves.
A subclass of the Action with Africa Challenge was the Wilo Excellence Award: Subcategory Water. The Wilo Excellence Award was a special prize for “WASH”-projects, which address water, sanitation, and hygiene by providing clean drinking water and developing hygiene facilities. In the Wilo portion of the Action with Africa Challenge, Regent University’s Triple E team won third place.
Triple E project manager Nathan Barron (CAS ’22), shared that the Wilo Award “shows what God can do when you let him direct your steps. The fact that we placed in an international competition with a startup project less than six months old is mind-boggling. By any stretch of the imagination, we should not have ranked. But by the grace of the Lord, we now have €1,000 going straight into a project spreading the gospel!”
This semester, Nathan noted that he wants “to see this project become something bigger. Africans and missions’ projects will be using the business training we provide for years to come. I see this project creating avenues for Regent students to go to Africa themselves. The goal is to bring this project to a place where we will be hands on in Zambia. After one or two years, I fully believe Triple E will be able to rank highly at the National Exposition. All for the Glory of God!”
To get involved with Triple E or Enactus, please contact Philip White at email@example.com.
Enactus is an international collegiate business club that strives to inspire the next generation of leaders to solve global problems through entrepreneurial means. It is the world’s largest student-led entrepreneurship organization, with a presence in 37 countries and an annual impact on 1.3 million individuals.