Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects not only in our community but around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kinds of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.
Enactus was originally founded in the United States in 1985 and is now part of 38 countries from around the world that operates an Enactus program. The United States is a division of Enactus and with over 500 active universities and more than 21, 000 student participants, it represents the single largest country operation. It is a priority country for the future growth and development of the organization.
Regionally colleges and universities that have active Enactus programs are invited to send a team of to one of ten Regional Competitions held around the country. Regional Competitions are dramatic, energy-filled events where Enactus teams showcase the collect impact of their community outreach efforts. Student present their projects and are evaluated by alumni and business leaders serving as judges who rank them on how successful they were at using business concepts to enable progress through entrepreneurial action.
Competing teams are divided among separate leagues with approximately five to seven teams per league. on average, two or three teams from each league will be named regional champions and qualify for the Enactus United States National Exposition. These competitions are challenging, team-oriented events that provide a forum for best practice sharing, encouraging and motivating the students to continually improve the quality of their programs. Additionally, an all-day career fair and the Top to Future-Top Forum held during lunch further enhance the unique connections these events create among the student, academic and business leaders in attendance.
National competition is the next level after competing in the regional competitions and are just as dramatic and energy-filled as the regional competition. The winners of these competitions are then invited to compete at the prestigious Enactus World Cup. In 2011, more than 33,000 attended these competitions where students presented a broad range of projects to nearly 4,600 judges.