Innovation Unit

ENACTUS WARWICK INNOVATION UNIT

The Innovation Unit aims to be an independent division within Enactus Warwick. Its main aim is to identify problems (coupled to at least one of the 17 UN sustainability goals) on-campus as well as around it, but can reach as far as India (e.g. Bala project), and find solutions for these. Those solution consist mostly of feasible project ideas that will ultimately result in an independent social enterprise within Enactus Warwick. It is the idea generating machine and tries to expand the reach and diversity of our social enterprise portfolio. Therefore, formally, the Innovation unit accompanies a social enterprise from the very beginning on (Conceptual Phase), further to the Feasibility & Development Phase and hand the project over at the Launch Phase to an independently recruited team or integral the new project into an existing social enterprise.

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The Innovation Unit aims to be an independent division within Enactus Warwick. Its main aim is to identify problems (coupled to at least one of the 17 UN sustainability goals) on-campus as well as around it, but can reach as far as India (e.g. Bala project), and find solutions for these. Those solution consist mostly of feasible project ideas that will ultimately result in an independent social enterprise within Enactus Warwick. It is the idea generating machine and tries to expand the reach and diversity of our social enterprise portfolio. Therefore, formally, the Innovation unit accompanies a social enterprise from the very beginning on (Conceptual Phase), further to the Feasibility & Development Phase and hand the project over at the Launch Phase to an independently recruited team or integral the new project into an existing social enterprise.

The Innovation Unit wants to create a professional atmosphere in order to work more efficiently and most importantly, understand how to identify problems and tackle them by getting an understanding about Enactus’ means and how to use them most effectively.

EMOCCO
EMOCCO is an online marketplace for you to rent items during the academic year. The process is simple and is flexible: you find an item you want, you receive it when you want, and you return it at the end of the term.

Alongside supporting students with keeping living costs down by offering cheap rental solutions, we also promote the reduction of waste on our planet. Our goal is to squeeze every drop of useful life from any product, be it a Bicycle, Coffee Machine, or any Electronic Device.

The Innovation Unit is currently working at scaling this project in order to offer a wider range of products as a service.

Enactus Innovation Advisory Network (EIAN)
The Innovation Unit tries to create a network for closer relationships between individual Enactus branches. The Enactus Innovation Advisory Network (EIAN), is a network especially designed for Enactus social enterprises across the UK (as a first step, with the possibility to expand beyond). Other Enactus branches can submit their current projects to a specifically designed platform on the Enactus Warwick website and formulate problems for us to find feasible solutions and present those to them within a guaranteed time-frame.

The benefits of the EIAN are deeper interconnectedness of Enactus UK branches with the possibility of working together on future ideas, learning about other Enactus UK branches’ progress and the chance of becoming the centre branch of Enactus UK.

Project Baala
Imagine having to choose between sanitation and education? No one should have to make a choice between two basic needs. However, all across the rural areas of India and Africa, one in ten girls is having to make this decision. ‘Baala In Africa’ aims to eradicate this issue by bridging Baala, Warwick alumni run NGO that spreads awareness about menstrual health in India and Warwick In Africa volunteers who will do the same in selected cities in Africa.

Our aims are to source sanitary napkins that are reusable up to 2 years from Baala production sites in India and distribute them in rural villages of Tanzania, Ghana, and South Africa through Warwick in Africa. We will be creating extensive training programmes for Warwick In Africa’s volunteers on sanitary health which will be communicated to the girls in these villages. Raising funds through the year in order to reach a larger audience will also be our objective. So far, Baala has helped 25,000 women and girls across India and our team hopes to use this year to raise this numbers.

The Innovation Unit is currently working on expansion plans and integrating more people into the Baala project. We plan on expanding to Pakistan in the near future.

Innovation Hub
Live on campus is great. Numerous possibilities to engage, to socialise and ultimately, to contest. Innovation Hub is one of the hot competitions on campus. It is a 3-day contest over three rounds for teams to come up with sales techniques, pitch decks and business plans – everything committed to social enterprise.
In the end, the winner will be awarded a budget to start their social enterprise, either with the help of Innovation Unit or independently – and will be given constructive feedback by a panel (incl. Amazon, VAI Trade, etc.).