What Has the UMKC Enactus Team Done Now?

Named first-runners up at 2013 Enactus National Exposition

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In addition to winning the regional competition for the sixth consecutive year in April, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Enactus team members were recently named first-runners up in League 2 at the 2013 Enactus National Exposition.

Formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise, the Enactus Team represented UMKC at the Enactus National Exposition at Bartle Hall Convention Center in Kansas City. The team is ranked among the top 40 teams in the nation.

Eight of the 99-member team were presenters at the exposition: Stella Yee, Hitomi Takeuchi, Ulrike Leifheit, Sam Chagui, Katrina Lapine, Brad New, James Murray, Alex Walter and Jacob Ortner.

The team presented four projects that included promoting economic development opportunities in Kansas City with China;  creating an income stream for a transitional housing program; enhancing career, college or trade school opportunities for foster children; and developing a website to connect motorists to alternative transportation.

“I am often asked what my role is at UMKC,” said Cary Clark, Sam Walton Fellow, Bloch School of Management.  “My response is that I have the opportunity to work with some of the top students, who have been taught by some of the finest faculty, supported by the greatest administration and staff of any University, and supported by a city and community driven by entrepreneurship. I’m living a dream.”

The UMKC Enactus team was recently honored by Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the City Council for their success at the exposition and for their relationship-building with partners in China.

Discussions are underway for the team to go to China and help students better understand the United States culture and prepare them to attend the Bloch School to further their education.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit www.umkc.edu. You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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