SIFE and sound: Leicester students pick up enterprise award

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 29, 2010 11:25 AM |
Students from the University of Leicester scored again in only their second year of entering a national business enterprise contest.

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) is an international, not-for-profit organisation which “works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.” Student teams compete against each other, showcasuing their projects to a board of business professionals.

The University of Leicester team, SIFE Leicester, was formed in October 2008. Last year they picked up the Spirit of Enterprise Award at the SIFE UK National Competition and this month they have added to their trophy cabinet with a Business Ethics Award. This was for the team’s project, in collaboration with our Environment Team, to hold a farmer’s market on campus. Thirty-nine universities compete in the SIFE UK contest; in the knock-out structure of the competition, Leicester got through the semi-finals but were beaten by the eventual winners, Sheffield.

SIFE Leicester’s other projects include microfinancing for business projects in Ethiopia (where the University of Leicester already has connections) and a Green Grannies scheme enabling the elderly to find out about energy-saving options that could save them money.