Wilfrid Laurier University Finishes Top Six in the World at the SIFE World Cup 2004
Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation
ACE is proud to announce that the SIFE National Champion team from Wilfrid Laurier University finished in the top six in the world at the recent SIFE World Cup in Barcelona, Spain. This marks the first time that a Canadian team has made it to the final round of the competition. More than 800 people attended the event, which took place between September 22nd and 24th.
The team, led by faculty advisor Steve Farlow and including students Nicole Almond, Adam Barnard, Aaron Goldrup, Ashley Grier, Courtney King, and Kevin Meadwell, won their opening round league to earn a spot on the final stage. In the opening round, they faced the teams from Brazil, Tajikistan, Germany, Morocco, and Poland.
The other finalist teams at the SIFE World Cup included Curtin University of Technology of Australia, the World Cup Champion; Flagler College of the United States, the World Cup First Runner Up; Kaduna Polytechnic of Nigeria; University of the Free State of South Africa; and Universiti Teknologi MARA of Malaysia.
At the ACE National Exposition last May, the team was named the SIFE National Champion for their innovative, creative, and effective SIFE projects. During the 2003-2004 school year, the Wilfrid Laurier team completed 28 SIFE projects, personally impacting over 12,600 people. Their program included university-based and community-based projects, including teaching hundreds of local school children about marketing, global economics and personal financial skills, as well as "Brighter Futures", a skills development model taught by ACE students to students in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.
At the SIFE World Cup competition national champion SIFE Teams from 37 countries presented detailed multi-media reports to a panel of distinguished judges. The reports summarized their team projects and demonstrated how the projects made an impact in their communities. Top business leaders from 33 countries served as judges. The competition was recorded and is available via an Internet web cast at www.sife.org. The 2005 SIFE World Cup will be held in Toronto, Canada, in October 2005.