The SIFE India team from the Alpha Arts & Science College, Chennai, won the second place in the prestigious SIFE World Cup 2009. The two-day event held in Berlin on the 5th and 6th of October 2009, witnessed teams from over 40 countries world-wide competing for top honors. Almost 3000 students and Business leaders from all over the world were present for the 2 day event. The SIFE World Cup is a keenly-contested annual business competition organized by SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) – an international organization that encourages students to evolve sustainable economic solutions for the community. The participants of the SIFE World Cup are National Champions from their respective countries, chosen after two rounds of competition in each country. Teams present their community projects to a jury consisting of established business leaders and are evaluated on a set of seven criteria ranging from market economics to sustainability.
The Alpha SIFE team's high-impact programs on seaweed cultivation for tsunami-hit fisher-folk and tomato pulping for deprived tomato farmers helped create meaningful and sustainable businesses for livelihood in these communities. The immense success of these projects was presented by a team of 5 students from the Alpha Arts & Science College at the SIFE World Cup event, thus earning them the coveted first runners-up place with Egypt being declared winner. Syntel Inc., a leading global IT and KPO Company has been involved with the creation of SIFE India from the start and Mr. Murugesh has been Chairman of the Board since the start. A large number of colleges from India are involved in the program that is creating India of the future.